New York, NY
The Good Shepherd Office of Government and Community Relations develops, coordinates, and implements public policy and advocacy initiatives to support the mission and programs of Good Shepherd Services. Good Shepherd Services operates more than 80 programs in high-need communities throughout New York City united by a common goal: to help vulnerable youth and families find a safe passage to self-sufficiency. The Office of Government and Community Relations acts as a bridge between the public policy realm and Good Shepherd Services programs.
There is one volunteer placed in the public policy and advocacy position. The GSV has the unique opportunity to learn how policies (laws, regulations, and administrative directives) and various funding translate into practice at the program level. The GSV may be involved in local and state advocacy activities to promote funding for programs that provide trauma-informed, strength-based services for youth, families, and communities. The GSV may attend both coalition meetings and site visits to learn more about policy issues affecting Good Shepherd programs. The GSV will work collaboratively with other departments to learn about program models and outcomes, assist with special events and programming, conduct research on current policy and best practices, and aid in researching information to apply for public and private funding.