Adventure Youth Counselor in Sailing-based Foster Home


About the organization

SailFuture operates a wraparound continuum of services for 14-22 year old youth in foster care in St. Petersburg, Florida. We take pride in our reputation as an innovative organization that brings thoughtful and effective solutions to a strained and broken foster care system.

Our continuum of services includes placement, case management, residential care, rite of passage sailing experiences, a private school, job training, and mental health services.

All staff are trained to and expected to be engaged and fully integrated into all departments of the organization, regardless of their job title. By working as a family to create family, we provide a seamless continuum of services that meet the complex needs of the children we serve.


SailFuture’s Change Agents provide love, support, and accountability to six youth living in a Group Home. Their primary responsibility is to build meaningful and impactful relationships with each youth and help steer them through their journey through foster care.

Three Change Agents and a Program Director live with six youth in a 4,500+ square foot home located in St. Petersburg, FL.

Several months a year, Change Agents participate in 45-day sailing journeys through the pristine waters of Central America and the Caribbean, leading youth through self growth, experiential learning challenges, and service projects.

Meeting the needs of 6 teenage boys is a lot like conducting an orchaestra, or ring-leading a circus. It requires an enormous amount of teamwork, planning, and leadership. You can expect the typical 'parenting' responsibilities: waking the boys up for school, helping them prepare breakfast, and getting them from Point A to Point B.

On some days you'll be assisting the academic team as a tutor or vocational instructor, teaching geometry through woodworking or physics through sailing.

You'll lead workshops and trainings, like helping the boys prepare resumes, conduct a job search, and get their first job.

Throughout it all, the boys will come to you for emotional support and guidance. They'll scream in your face when they're mad, and cry in your arms in their moments of vulnerability.

Welcome to the opportunity to change a student's life.


Team player committed to doing whatever it takes for youth in their care
Experience working with at-risk youth, specifically teenagers
Excellent communicator and problem solver
Passion for adventure
Sailing experience a plus, but not required
Be a fully integrated team player across all areas of the SailFuture continuum (sailing, school, job training, residential, and mental health)
Participate in SailFuture sailing journeys
Assist with instruction and behavior management at the SailFuture school
Assist with job training operations and vocational instruction
Work with the mental health, education, and residential teams to create individual treatment plans for all youth


$42,000 - $54,000 Total Annual Salary (Including Housing + Meals)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Cover Letter Criteria:

Applications will only be considered if the following questions are answered.

1. Why are you passionate about working with challenging teens?

2. Are you in a position to make a 2 year commitment to a mission and group of young people? Why and how?

3. How do your skills and experiences prepare you for working with at-risk teens and challenging behaviors?

4. Are you committed to making one of our foster homes your primary residence?

5. What makes you unique, or relatable to teens in foster care?

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