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Good Shepherd Volunteers connects recent college graduates to one-year, full time volunteer opportunities serving women, children, and adolescents affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. Our volunteers live together in intentional community, gain real-life experience in their full-time site placements, receive valuable training and development, and grow personally from the experience.
We currently have positions serving in youth counseling, education, foster care, domestic violence, and public policy. Our volunteers work side-by-side with experienced social workers, counselors, and educators, gaining tremendous foundation for their future careers. Many of our volunteers have gone onto graduate school once completing our program to pursue degrees in social work, education, medicine and law. Our placements are in New York City and New Jersey. Join us and apply today - https://www.gsvolunteers.org/apply/apply-today/
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The GSV in the Public Policy and Advocacy position works in the Office of Government and Community Relations at Good Shepherd Services. 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.

Start your career in social justice with us!

Real-life Experiences
Working side-by-side with experienced social workers, counselors, and educators, you'll find yourself learning and growing every day through real-life experiences.
Define your interests and gain skills that set you on a path to a rewarding career.

Supportive Community
Each volunteer is backed by a community composed of:
- Fellow volunteers, who create a close-knit bond built through shared experiences
- Accessible staff, who support the experience, and transition into volunteers’ professional and personal community life.
- GSV alumni and supporters, who stay involved with the program in various ways.

Training & Development
Challenge yourself within a safe and supportive environment.
Begin with a week-long orientation to meet your cohort, gain a deeper understanding of the mission and tenets that will serve as the foundation for your experience, and transition into community life. Development continues across four weekend retreats throughout the year.
In day-to-day work, each placement site offers professional supervision and training to support you in your role. Additionally, you'll gain access to varied opportunities, such as training on trauma-informed practice, substitute teaching certification, United Nations Commission on the status of women, and many more.

Personal Growth
Get to know yourself and understand your impact on those around you. You will emerge from this challenging journey a better roommate, friend, family member, partner, and employee.

Good Shepherd Volunteers www.gsvolunteers.org (917) 832-7904