• Youth Role Model / Peer Mentor

    Requisition ID
    2018-2998
    Job Locations
    MA-Woburn
    Program
    In-Home Services
    Relocation Assistance
    No
    Position Type
    Full-Time/Regular
  • Overview

    Company Overview

     

    Youth Villages has been a national leader in the adoption and implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans 30+ years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services.

     

    If you are looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference, then Youth Villages is the place for you. We are looking for people with a strong sense of purpose and focus to continually build confidence in yourself and our organization.

    Responsibilities

    Program Overview 

     

    Youth Villages’ Continuum program will provide an array of intensive community-based, wraparound services designed to divert at-risk youth from out-of-home placements whenever possible. The primary goal of our Continuum is to maintain youth within their home and school, support families/caregivers, and help ensure maximum safety for the youth, family, and community. Youth Villages views the children and families we serve as the experts on their own lives; therefore, all of our continuum services are family-driven, youth-guided, and strength-based. This level of family involvement leads to increased family engagement; family engagement leads to improving the quality of treatment; and treatment quality leads to consistently high outcomes.

     

     

    Position Overview


    A Peer Mentor has lived-experience in the mental health system or child-welfare system to provide outreach, support and advocacy to youth served.  A Peer Mentor will have personal experience living with or understanding special needs and/or significant mental health issues.

     

    The Peer Mentor is to provide targeted support services, to provide a system of care that is child-centered with the needs of the child and family dictating the types and mix of services provided, to assist in keeping the family together and preventing an out-of-home placement.

     

    To be effective, the Peer Mentor will work with children in their homes and communities, incorporating the entire family in the Wraparound process and focus on their strengths as well as the child’s age and cultural heritage.

     

    Perform the following duties: 

    • Support for the child and his/her family.
    • Be a member of the family team to assist in the strengths assessment and wrap plan development.
    • Increase collaboration with families and professionals.
    • Other duties as assigned.

     

    Additional Information

     

    Schedule is non-traditional, but flexible and based around clients’ availability. Since counselors are heavily involved with each family, long hours may be required. Counselors provide treatment in individual families' homes in a wide array of settings and communities
    Counselors must have their own vehicle to use for work purposes as well as have liability insurance. Counselors are reimbursed for mileage.

    Qualifications

    Requirements

     

    GED/High School Diploma required

    Has lived-experience in the mental health system or child-welfare system to provide outreach, support and advocacy to youth served

     

    Additional Benefits


    Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision
    Retirement Savings Pension Plan
    403 (b)
    2 weeks paid vacation
    12 paid sick days per year
    10 paid holidays

    Paid Parental Leave 
    Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement

     

    Experience growth and development through our continuous training as well as tuition and licensure reimbursement or pursue opportunities to advance both clinically and administratively with Youth Villages.

     

    EOE

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