We are National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP).  We have a non-negotiable commitment to do what is best for children, youth and their families and have an abiding faith that every person has an innate ability to learn, grow and develop. We provide opportunities and resources to youth and families through our innovative programs and services, and we strongly support and offer guidance to our dedicated foster parents. We work hard to build community support and advocate with public agencies and officials on behalf of youth and families. We are united by our humanity and enriched by our diversity and are committed to supporting and protecting youth and families and to strengthening the communities we are proud to serve. We are NYAP.

NYAP has provided cost effective, community based services and support to children, youth and families since 1978. We offer flexible, creative, outcome-based solutions to meet the unique needs of the communities we serve and the individual needs of the youth and families involved in our programs and services. 

OUR MISSION: NYAP is an energetic instrument of compassion and change in the lives of children, youth, and families and the systems, structures and practices that affect them.

OUR VISION: NYAP is universally recognized as the premier provider known for trailblazing creative and effective community based solutions.

OUR VALUES

  • Children First. NYAP has a non-negotiable commitment to doing what is best for children, youth and their families.
  • Individual Advocacy. Every person should have an advocate who can promote their unique needs and celebrate their accomplishments.
  • Advocacy for Change. NYAP is a leader of positive change in the structures, systems and policies that impede the empowerment of children, youth and their families.
  • Universal Rights of Children. NYAP affirms and works to advance the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Click HERE to review the Universal Rights of the Child.
  • Empowerment. NYAP has an abiding faith that every person has an innate ability to learn, grow and develop.
  • Diversity. NYAP believes people are united by our humanity and enriched by our diversity.
  • Social Inclusion. NYAP creates safe environments where people can be themselves and explore their connectedness and their differences and find positive ways to learn and live with others in the greater community.
  • Community. NYAP believes that children and youth learn life lessons best in the communities they call home.
  • Innovation. Our values lead NYAP to find creative ways to meet the distinct needs of each child, youth and family in our care while at the same time grounding all programs and services in the highest professional standards.
  • Peacemaking. NYAP applies the principles of restorative justice and the power of reconciliation to instill a sense of community and a commitment to nonviolence.

NYAP offers unique and personalized services for families and individuals in four different categories: Prevention/InterventionPositive Youth Development, Out-of-home-PlacementReunification/Permanency.

PREVENTION/INTERVENTION: NYAP provides services to help individuals through a variety of assessments and prevention models/programs. These include:

POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: NYAP offers a variety of positive youth development programs and services to promote community involvement and family relations, and also creating law-abiding citizens. These programs include:

OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENT: NYAP places youth in safe and temporary homes through various outlets to provide opportunities for growth and safety for all youth. These programs include:

REUNIFICATION/PERMANENCY: NYAP's first goal is to ensure the youth we serve are in a safe and opportunistic environment, ultimately helping them reunite with their birth family or adoptive family. These programs include:

General employee benefits:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 22 days of time off
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Tuition Payment to Loan Provider
  • 401k
  • 10 Paid Holidays

High School Diploma/Equivalency positions:

Bachelor's Degree positions:

Master's Degree positions:

Treatment Advocate
(Merrillville and Columbus)

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Treatment Advocate will perform duties including, but not limited to:

  • Perform all work in a manner consistent with the National Youth Advocate Program’s mission, values, and philosophies.
  • Participate in the development of the youth treatment/service plans with the client, caregiver(s), referring agency, caseworker, significant family member(s), and natural support.
  • Provide transportation and child care during trainings. 
  • Identify resources and services in the community that may not be available through the internal service continuum.
  • Assist in family reunification efforts with the youths’ primary families or other permanent living arrangements consistent with the youth’s case plan.
  • Participates in the Continuous Quality Improvement activities of the National Youth Advocate Program at the request of management team.

Start Date: Open Now

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • 21 years of age or older.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent GED. Associate’s Degree in social services is preferred.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, automotive insurance, and a good driving record.
  • Working, reliable telephone.
  • Proficient use of desktop and laptop computers, smart phones and tablets, printers, fax machines and photocopiers as well as software including word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
OTHER SKILLS:
  • 2 years’ experience working directly with youth and families.
  • Works well independently and as a team member.
  • Multi-task efficiently and be flexible in all situations.
  • Openness to traveling as needed.

Family Services Coordinator
(Scottsburg)

You are our ideal candidate if:

  • You enjoy building relationships and have strong organizational skills.
  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or comparable Human Services field from an accredited institution.
  • You have two years of direct experience in the field of human services.
  • You’re a people person and naturally build genuine relationships with those around you.
  • You’re an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing.
  • You are a time management pro.
  • You’re proficient with technology and are comfortable learning new things, and do so quickly.
  • You have managed scheduling and a creative problem solver.
  • You are respectful and sensitive to persons from various cultures, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds.
  • You are flexible and can be responsive to serve our community.
  • You have the capacity to care and still remain objective and professional.

Start Date: Open Now

Community Based Therapist
(Scottsburg, Versailles, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis)

You are our ideal candidate if:

  • You understand that being a Therapist at NYAP is much more than paperwork and schedules.
  • You have a Master’s Degree in Social Work or comparable Human Services Field from an accredited institution.
  • Active and professional Indiana Licensure.
  • You have 2 years of work experience working in direct service with you and families.
  • You’re a people person and naturally build genuine relationships with those around you.
  • You’re an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing.
  • You are a time management pro.
  • You’re proficient with technology and are comfortable learning new things, and do so quickly.
  • You are respectful and sensitive to persons from various cultures, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds.
  • You are flexible and can be responsive to serve our community.

Licensure: Must have an active IN license-LCSW or LSW

Foster Care Supervisor
(Indianapolis and Merrillville)

Job Description: The Foster Care Supervisor will perform duties including, but not limited to:

  • Perform all work in a manner consistent with the National Youth Advocate Program’s mission, values, and philosophies.
  • Screen referrals upon admission, assigning cases and assuring all initial documentation is completed in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of training plans for treatment and service team members.
  • Attend team meetings and provide clinical consultation and feedback to the treatment team to assure high quality and effective services.

Start Date: Open Now

Licensure: Need Current LMSW, LPC, LCSW or LMFT

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master’s Degree in Social Services or other related human service field.
  • 3 years’ experience in the field of human services, with experience in supervision.
  • Must hold a graduate level social work or counseling license: LMSW, LPC, LCSW, LMFT.
  • Proficient use of desktop and laptop computers, smart phones and tablets, printers, fax machines and photocopiers as well as software including word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
OTHER SKILLS:
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Works well independently and as a team member.
  • Multi-task efficiently and be flexible in all situations.
  • Openness to working non-traditional hours as needed.
  • Strong leadership skills with an ability to motivate and inspire staff.

Clinical Supervisor
(Versailles, Scottsburg)

You are our ideal candidate if:

  • You understand that being a Clinical Supervisor at NYAP is much more than paperwork and schedules.
  • You have a Master's Degree in Social work or related human services field.
  • You are excited to lead  and deliver exceptional therapy services to youth and their families.
  • You have professional licensure: LPC, LCSW, LMFT.
  • You are respectful and sensitive to persons from various cultures, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds.
  • You’re a people person and naturally build genuine relationships with those around you.
  • You’re an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing.
  • You are a time management pro.
  • You’re proficient with technology.
  • You are flexible and can be responsive to serve our community.
  • You have the capacity to care and still remain objective and professional.

Start Date: Open Now

Licensure: Must have an active LPC, LCSW or LMFT