JOB TITLE: Youth Peer Advocate
LOCATION: Remote (Staff are expected to report to West Babylon for meetings & supervisions)
REPORTS TO: Program Manager
DEPARTMENT: Care Coordination
HOURS: Full Time 35 hours
Minimum High School Diploma, Youth Peer Certification, experience serving children and families with serious mental illness. Youth Peer Advocates (YPA) are individuals between 18-30 years of age who self-identify as a person with first-hand experience with a social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges as a young person or have received services in any one of the child-serving systems (juvenile justice, foster care, special education, or addiction recovery). The Youth Peer Advocate must meet qualifications as per New York State requirements. Clean, valid NYS Driver’s License preferred. Fingerprinting, criminal record check, approval from NYS Office of Mental Health.
YPAs use their lived experience to promote resiliency, recovery, wellness, and self-efficacy in young people and promote the practice of youth-guided and family-driven approaches. The YPA will hold a caseload of 36 children/families.