Youth Counselor, Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Program

Brooklyn Community Services is one of Brooklyn’s largest and first non-sectarian social services agencies. Serving more than 10,000 individuals annually, BCS provides a broad and diverse range of services including prevention of foster care placement; crisis intervention; early childhood and after school education; vocational training, job placement, and clinical services to adults.

BCS is participating in broad-based relief efforts to assist Brooklyn residents in the Hurricane Sandy storm aftermath. BCS has focused our efforts in Coney Island ; one of the areas most severely devastated by Hurricane Sandy. We are especially trying to reach families who suffered substantial losses not covered by insurance and not funded by FEMA. BCS is providing short and long term relief recovery, and assistance including: benefits assistance; mental health and family counseling; support and guidance around entitlements; and essential furnishing, household supplies, and clothing.


Provide youth counseling services to up to 25 youth at any one time. Communicate with participants’ families and BCS Disaster Case Management program concerning each youth’s needs and progress toward goals. Conduct home visits as needed. Facilitate group workshops and individual counseling sessions. Assess youth to determine if clients have unmet needs related to Superstorm Sandy. Identify and develop volunteer worksites for participating youth. Cultivate positive relationships with volunteer worksites; promptly address worksite issues that may arise in a collaborative manner Conduct pre- and post-evaluation, verify school attendance for each assigned participating youth. Provide crisis intervention services when appropriate. Initiate case conferencing where needed with other service providers serving youth. Record participants’ essential information and progress notes into Foothold Technologies data file.


Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling or youth development preferred. Two years related experience required. Demonstrated skill in providing in-person assessment, crisis intervention, problem solving, advocacy, referrals, and emotional support to a wide range of clients. Excellent interpersonal skills and high level of motivation required. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated capacity to effectively lead youth groups. Demonstrated skill in providing in-person assessment, crisis intervention, problem solving, advocacy, referrals, and emotional support to youth. Fluency in Spanish preferred. Computer literacy including MS word, e-mail, and on line data tracking systems. Position requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check.

How to apply

Contact: Email cover letter and resume to:

Lisa Jones

Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Community Services
Lisa Jones

285 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11217, US