Fields: health, HIV, outreach, education,
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
About the Organization: VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership organization working to create healthy and just communities by building power among people affected by HIV and hepatitis C, mass incarceration and the war on drugs. VOCAL-NY provides onsite and peer-based syringe exchange, overdose prevention, hepatitis C and HIV education, care coordination, drug treatment education and other services for active and former drug users. Services are provided in a low-threshold, nonjudgmental and culturally relevant manner.
About the Position: Are you interested in being a SYRINGE EXCHANGE PEER EDUCATOR? Are you a current drug user or have a close connection to active drug users in Brooklyn? Are you interested in providing other drug users with clean needles, overdose prevention education, safer smoking supplies, safer sex supplies, and other drug user health information? Are you committed to educating the drug-using community about HIV/HCV and overdose prevention in a non-judgmental way? 10 hours/week: Provide 9 hours/wk minimum outreach on your own schedule to drug users, attend a weekly 1-hour meeting at VOCAL-NY, and keep records of syringe and educational transactions
- Have daily interaction with drug users (heroin, crack, cocaine) in Brooklyn that are NOT connected to syringe exchange services.
- Comfortable working alone on their own schedule or in teams to provide supplies to those who need them (e.g. deliver syringes and supplies to individuals or in locations where drug users live/congregate)
- Within first 90 days: Completion of NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute training for SEP workers and volunteers; Be deputized to dispense Naloxone and provide overdose prevention training.
Estimated Salary: $15/hour for approximately 10 hours/week
Deadline: Until filled