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Youth Specialist

Provide care and support to help teens in crisis find stability and growth.
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Youth Specialist

Youth Specialists lead the SailFuture Life Skills Center, a day-time program for youth in foster care who do not have stable residential placement. 

Youth specialists work to help teens move from a place of crisis to stability. This position requires a previous understanding of trauma and a unique ability to manage and de-escalate conflict. 

The center is open from 7am to 9pm and offers a wide range of education, vocational, and extracurricular programming.

The Life skills Center works in close partnership with SailFuture’s Child Welfare Case Managers, creating a unified team for the teens in our care.

We recognize that the behaviors and outbursts we see with teens in foster care are a symptom of a systemic problem, not an indication of a child’s potential, worth, or character. We are seeking applicants who share this belief and are authentically committed to our kids.

Daily Responsibilities 

  • Supervise and support up to 8 youth per day in the Center
  • Assist with the preparation and cooking of breakfast and lunch 
  • Assist with GED instruction 
  • Assist with transportation and logistics (using both personal vehicle and staff vehicle)
  • Assist with the cleaning and maintenance of the center 
  • Build unique and individualized relationships with each of teens in the Center
  • Daily documentation via Slack (team communication app)
  • Lead workshops and activities, including but not limited to: GED Education, Resume Prep, Vision Board Planning, Small Groups, Physical Fitness, etc.
  • De-escalate and prevent conflict
  • Maintain the safety of all youth at all times. Staff must be prepared to physically restrain a youth who is in imminent danger of harming himself or someone else
  • Assist with the implementation of the youth’s individual treatment plan (if applicable)
  • Dispense medications (when applicable)


Work Hours: 40-45 hours per week. 

Work Location: SailFuture Day Center | 282 15th St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33705


  • Minimum 1 year experience working with adolescents or children
  • Clean Driving Record: 1 year (Required)


  • High school diploma or equivalent (Required)

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Perks and Benefits

  • 401k with 3-6% employer match

  • Paid Time Off and Sick Days

  • $250 Monthly Health Insurance Contribution

  • Access to sailboats, powerboats, and kayaks

  • Part of dynamic and integrated teams

  • Flexible Work Schedules

Who We Are

We're a small but mighty agency with a 'whatever it takes' mentality.

Our approach to social work is complex and requires dynamic, passionate leaders to bring all their skills to the table.

We're committed to each other as much as we are to our kids, and protect the family dynamic within our motley crew.


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