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Young Adult Peer Mentor
Do you have personal experience living with a serious emotional disturbance, mental health challenges, substance use, trauma or system involvement and a willingness to share your journey? NSMHA is looking for Peer Mentors for Young Adults!
The Young Adult Peer Mentor uses lived experience to connect with, validate, inspire and provide support to youth and young adults with mental health challenges. The Young Adult Peer Mentor provides structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services to a youth for the purpose of addressing daily living, social, and communication needs in community and home-based settings. Young Adult Peer Mentoring interventions are designed to address one or more goals on a youth’s existing outpatient, in-home treatment plan, FSS Community Service Plan, or an existing Individual Care Plan (ICP).
What you’ll do:
- Supports, coaches and trains a youth in order to support linkages to community resources and services that will sustain the youth’s optimal functioning in the community.
- Supports, coaches and trains the youth in connecting with existing treatment providers and in linking with new or additional resources.
- Share personal journey with purpose and intent to youth and young adults in order to validate, demonstrate empathy, inspire, and motivate.
- Collaborate with other members of the care team to engage, assess, partner and support the youth/young adult in identifying strengths, needs, and goals.
- Participates with external agencies with regards to service/care planning and coordination and planning for transition to adulthood.
- Promote youth and young adult sharing, learning and growth through role modeling and reflecting. Support youth and young adults in developing practical steps to reach goals.
- Advocates for the youth. Provide a voice when needed!
- Ensures that all services are provided in a professional manner, ensuring privacy, safety, and respecting the youth and family’s dignity and right to choice.
What you need:
Experience: Must have personal experience living with mental health challenges or substance use, trauma or system involvement and a willingness to share their journey. Please state in your cover letter or resume if this applies to you!
Education: Bachelor’s degree in a human service field from an accredited university and one year experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth; or Associate’s degree in a human services field from an accredited school and one year of experience working with the target population; or High school diploma or GED and a minimum of two years of experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth.
Skills: Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, ability to work in community and in-home settings, must be 21 years or older.
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