Advocacy Services for Kids

Youth Peer Support Specialist
Advocacy Services for Kids
JOB TITLE: Youth Peer Support Specialist
TIME/HOURS: Part-time 20 hours/week

WAGE/SALARY: $13.00/hour
SUPERVISOR: Youth Involvement Coordinator
PURPOSE: The Youth Peer Support Specialist (YPSS) will act as a
support and resource for youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED) who
are receiving services in the behavioral health system. The YPSS will act as a
key member of the treatment team by working with youth one on one or in a
group, supporting them in achieving goals through shared activities and
interventions. This position will support youth empowerment by assisting in
developing skills to improve their overall functioning and quality of life while
working collaboratively with other service team members’  involved in delivering the youth’s care. 
-Young adult, ages 18 through 26
-Willing and able to self-identify as a person who has
or is receiving mental health services as a youth and has lived experience, and
is prepared to use that experience in helping others
-Experience receiving services as a youth in complex,
child serving systems (behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice,
special education, foster care, etc.)
-High School Diploma/ GED
-Eligible and understands that they must be trained in
MDHHS approved curriculum and ongoing training model
-Able to attend required training in Lansing 8 hours
per day
-Strong communication, time management and
organizational skills
-Possess basic computer proficiency skills       
-Valid driver’s license
-Reliable transportation in order to perform job
-Ability to pass various background checks/screenings
-Attend all required trainings to enhance skills and
meet agency requirements
-Build and foster relationships with youth and
related stakeholders
-Actively engage as part of the treatment team to
meet youth needs, complete all required documentation and paperwork
-Prepare the youth to fully participate in their own
meetings and treatment planning process (including Wraparound, Treatment
planning meetings, Individualized Educational Planning meetings, etc.)  
-Teach self-advocacy, problem solving and independent
living skills
-Provide community education about youth culture and
-Interrupt bias and promote a stance of acceptance
while reducing stigma about mental health
-Empower the youth to build understanding in others
about their unique mental health needs
-In collaboration with the youth, work with other community
partners (schools, faith communities, other human services organizations, etc.)
to develop natural supports to eliminate barriers to services, enhance existing
community services or develop new services based on the needs of the youth
-Co-facilitate groups of youth focusing on goals as specified in treatment plan
-Provide consultation and education to individuals and groups and use problem solving
techniques with the objective of assisting youth in improving or maintaining
-Serve as a role model and active participant in supporting youth in meeting their treatment
plan goals
-Perform other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor
-Ability to communicate and model a sense of hope and
expectancy for youth with SED
-Ability and willingness to self-disclose and share
experience with others
-Technical skill in the area of community
-Knowledge and resources of the child serving systems
and how to access useful resources in the community
-Ability to maintain and role model strong boundaries
-Problem solving skills
-Competence in working as a team member within child
serving systems
-Strong commitment to the mission/values of
Advocacy Services for Kids
-Strong written and verbal communication skills
-Computer and data processing skills
-Data collection and storage procedures
-HIPAA/Confidentiality requirements
-Report generation and documentation
Fax or email resume and cover letter by
2-12-16 to:
Kaleyf@askforkids.org or Fax
ATTN: Kaley Ford, Youth Involvement Coordinator
216 Balch Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001

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