Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City, where all children and adults have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive. We take a comprehensive approach by offering more than 160 integrated programs in: Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Job Training & Employment Support Services, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. We reach more than 65,000 individuals and families each year at our 90 locations, including 10,000 youth. CAMBA serves a diverse cross section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today.
CAMBA’s Ending the Epidemic Program aims to reduce transmission of HIV among high risk populations in Brooklyn. The program will focus on men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women of color, but will reach out to all high risk populations in the borough, including the following: Black and Latino MSM; individuals engaging in transactional sex; persons with HIV-positive partners; and Black and Latino men and women in high prevalence neighborhoods. The program will include two components: an online targeted outreach campaign to reach out to clients and a new media campaign. Both seek to increase awareness of combination prevention – especially biomedical interventions like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) – and recruit clients into a multi-pronged intervention. The intervention will consist of the following components: online targeted outreach activities through engaging targeted individuals in risk assessment and a brief intervention; delivering Combination Prevention Education sessions addressing PrEP/PEP, consistent condom use, risk reduction practices, and the importance of regular STI and HIV testing; conducting linkages to services, including referrals to, other CAMBA HIV prevention programs, clinical providers of PrEP/PEP, in-person and at-home HIV testing, as well as social services; benefits navigation; and follow-up with clients who do not link to PrEP/PEP services.
Position: Client Advocate
Reports To: Program Manager
Location: 1259 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
What the Client Advocate Does:
- Assist program staff to facilitate HIV prevention activities.
- Assist program staff by being a client liaison with outside organizations regarding such matters as education, healthcare, social services, etc.
- Assist clients in attaining their goals by identifying and locating community resources for clients and by making referrals to appropriate services both within and outside CAMBA.
- Prepare marketing materials for the program.
- Conduct outreach activities at high risk venues to market the program in order to recruit new clients and re-engage former clients.
- Follow-up with clients and with referral organizations regarding client contact and progress with referral organization.
- In collaboration with program staff, work with clients to break through barriers to client goals and to assist clients in advocating for themselves and in moving toward self-sufficiency.
Minimum Education/Experience Required:
- High School diploma or G.E.D. and/or equivalent experience.
- Knowledge about, understanding of, and ability to work closely with, persons with HIV/AIDS and related issues.
- Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.
CAMBA is a City contractor that provides services where employees can be expected to physically interact with members of the public. All CAMBA staff are subject to the City’s October 21, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, whether they have direct involvement with members of the public, or they support others who have direct involvement.
All new hires must provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. If you are offered employment at CAMBA, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation is received and approved by CAMBA.