WHO IS A YOUTH PEER SUPPORT WORKER?
The Youth Peer Support (YPS) worker participates as a member of the Foundry centre team. Drawing on their own lived experience of mental health or substance use challenges the YPS worker helps develop a youth centred and low barrier service for young people to get the help they want when they need it. This job includes creating a comfortable, welcoming environment for young people and assisting youth and young adults with service navigation, resource information, and connecting them with Foundry and/or community resources. The YPS worker offers peer–based mentoring and emotional support, and works collaboratively with youth, their families, and members of the care team. This position assists with the delivery of walk-in services, and offers support both on a 1:1 basis and in a group setting. The YPS worker acts as an advocate and role model and helps young people and their families recognize that with hope, recovery is possible.
WHAT DOES A YOUTH PEER SUPPORT WORKER DO?
- Plays a key role in ensuring that the centre offers a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and youth-friendly environment.
- Establishes a purposeful relationship with young people and supports their engagement and participation in centre services
- Provides support, guidance and mentorship for youth and their families, and assists in sharing information on resources and service navigation.
- Assists youth with the activities of daily living including: time management, organization, and interpersonal communication.
- Accompanies youth to appointments in the community
- Leads or co-facilitates group services to promote skills development and mental health and substance use recovery and relapse prevention.
- Assists with planning, coordinates and/or participates in recreation and social activities
- Provides support to aid with reducing youth’s distress, improves/maintains functioning, enables independence and active participation.
- Facilitates youth engagement and participation in focus groups, workshops, surveys and related activities
- Works collaboratively with team members to meet pre-established goals and objectives; facilitates recovery-based peer support meetings and activities.
- Works collaboratively with centre staff, community and hospital-based teams to build relationships between youth, families, and systems to enhance the awareness of youth/family needs
- Completes and maintains related records and documentation including: statistics, progress reports, and supporting evaluation activities.
- Participates in team meetings and organizational initiatives
- Works as a liaison between the Foundry Centre, the youth accessing the centre, and the Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator on the Foundry Central Office team.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
YOUR SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
- Grade 12, plus related experience working with youth and young adults with mental health and/or substance use issues or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Lived experience of mental illness and/or substance use, completion of (or eligible for completion of) a recognized youth peer support training program, and willing to self-identify and share experience of recovery.
- Able to establish rapport and maintain therapeutic relationships with young people and family members
- Empathic, compassionate, with good listening skills and creative thinking
- Demonstrated ability to observe and recognize changes in youth, and communicate those changes to others on the care team.
- Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills
- High degree of self-awareness and capacity to apply appropriate boundaries and maintain confidentiality
- Able to promote positive change and independence
- Self-starter with a positive attitude, and able to advocate for self and others
- Broad knowledge of social, mental health, and substance use services available in the community
- Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making skills; ability to gather and process information to support the organization and its team
- Well-developed communication skills; ability to speak, listen, and write clearly, thoroughly, and professionally
- Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, accountability, reliability, and punctuality
- Ability to work independently and show initiative, as well as be part of an inter-disciplinary team
- Basic computer skills: experience with Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
WHO IS CMHA…?
At CMHA Kelowna, we are dedicated to Mental Health in our community. No matter how old or how young, we provide support for families and individuals through programs that promote positive mental health and support recovery, while championing the elimination of barriers that can prevent people from thriving. We are a dynamic, innovative and visionary organization. We are looking for someone who shares our vision of a mentally healthy Kelowna and are passionate about making a difference in our community by bringing their particular expertise to our organization. Like what you hear…fantastic, check us out: https://cmhakelowna.org/
CMHA KELOWNA OFFERS YOU…
- A competitive hourly wage of $ 23.17- $ 26.64 / hr
- All of the other Dental, Health & EAP Benefits;
- 3 weeks vacation;
- 12 sick days per year;
- RRSP matching program;
- A work life balance that actually works with you;
- A culture that embodies ‘walk the talk’ form our Leadership Team;
- As a non-profit, we definitely do NOT have foosball and free snacks, but what we DO have, is the ability to empower our teams, be a part of something bigger…and learning and growing in an organization that fosters transparency and trust.
To apply for this opportunity, please forward a cover letter and resume to: Hayley Romanchuk, HR Coordinator; [email protected]
CMHA is an equity employer and encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people, people of all sexual orientation and genders, and others who may contribute to our further diversification.
We appreciate and thank all applicants for their interest, however only short-listed candidates and those legally eligible to work in Canada will be contacted.