Residential Youth Counselor


About the organization

SailFuture operates a provides wraparound 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 integrated continuum includes case management, residential care, challenging sailing experiences, a private school, job training, and behavioral health services.

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.


Residential Youth Counselor

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 orchestra, 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.



- 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

- First Aid / CPR (provided by SailFuture, if not already certified)

- De-escalation tactics (provided by SailFuture)

- Behavior management (provided by SailFuture)

- Risk management (provided by SailFuture)

- Offshore sailing competency course (provided by SailFuture)

- Lifeguard certification (provided by SailFuture)



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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