Amy Wilkerson

Amy Wilkerson, Vice President of Programs, Sheltering Arms

Amy Wilkerson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has more than 20 years as a change agent for NYC youth, with 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector focused on improving outcomes for disconnected youth in child welfare, juvenile justice and the department of education. Amy is the Vice President of School and Youth Programs at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services.  At Sheltering Arms, Amy provides oversight for community-based programing including SONYC, COMPASS, mentoring, violence reduction, work readiness and programs for runaway and homeless youth.

Amy led the incorporation of Housing First principles into Sheltering Arms’ portfolio of RHY programs inclusive of: Drop In Centers, Crisis Shelters, Transitional Housing and the new Rapid Rehousing program. Amy is also an Adjunct Professor in the Social Work Department at the City University of New York at York College.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the historically black, Hampton University and a Master of Social Work Degree from New York University. Amy’s passion is leading organizational growth; modifying, improving and starting up programs to impact the lives of youth, children and families and mentoring others to do the same.  Amy’s specializations are youth development, homeless, LGBT+ and justice-involved youth.


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