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Youth Support Partner Full-time

at Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute in (Published at 13-02-2018)

General Information Location 611 William Penn Place

Suite 301

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

United States Base Pay $30,000.00 / Year Job Category Professional Minimum Experience 1 Year Required Degree High School Travel 40% Manage Others No Description
Do you have personal life experience(s) in juvenile justice, behavioral/mental health, intellectual disability, child welfare or drug & alcohol and have the ability to positively and appropriately self-disclose regarding that experience(s)? If so, you may have found your next job as a Youth Support Partner!

We are seeking mature individuals who have similar life experience(s) to the youth and young adults served to be a peer mentor, positive role model and advocate and support for these individuals. Your role will involve assisting youth in achieving their goals, in making good choices, pursing healthy life choices, handling adversity and peer pressure, connecting with resources, helping youth to have a voice and be accountable for their own lives and future. A Youth Support Partner must have life experience(s) in one or more of the child serving human services systems and the ability to positively and appropriately self-disclose regarding that experience(s).

Responsibilities:
  • Speaking up for the youth and the Youth Support Partner role in various settings – 1 on 1; in small groups; at meetings and large conferences, etc.
  • Acting as a resource on youth transition through the collection of information about the needs of young adults in any DHS System.
  • Representing the Department of Human Services in internal and external committees, meetings, taskforces, and presentations and at community, county and state events.
  • Providing access to educational opportunities around the DHS system.
  • Working independently, as well as with teams, to assist youth in identifying and coordinating services, community resources and natural supports.
  • Coordinating youth involvement in a variety of opportunities, including but not limited to conference attendance involving out of town travel.
  • Coordinating youth involvement in evaluation projects.
  • Assisting with the creation of publications, list serves, websites and/or social media to promote and support related youth development activities.
  • Working with family members and other professionals to assist youth.
  • Educating youth on how to advocate for their needs; have a voice and choice in matters related to their lives.
  • Creating partnerships with youth and professionals to help meet their needs.
  • Educating youth on independence and recovery.
  • Coordinating and helping facilitate support groups and/or social events.
  • Providing outreach, recruiting and identifying youth for the program.
  • Sharing personal life experience(s) according to the Employee Self-Disclosure Guidance.
Requirements
  • High School Diploma or equivalent, plus a minimum of 1 year combined work experience.
  • Life experience(s) from one of the child serving human services systems.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Have a sense of personal responsibility and accountability.
  • Knowledge of and some success with your own skills such as budgeting, pursuing and maintaining educational objectives and understanding basic life skills.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is needed to attend meetings and make home visits to the families.


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