The purpose of this position is to provide active, hands-on peer support to parents/caregivers of youth receiving services. Effective peer support should be friendly, helpful, accessible and flexible. Peer support may be delivered in individual or group settings at the agency, in family homes or in community environments. The role of the Parent Partner is to provide peer support but also to work collaboratively to support systems change by increasing family involvement and decreasing unintentional, bias about parents.
Internal Relationships: Other Youth for Change Programs.
External Relationships: Children and Family Members, Community Resources and Partners, formal and informal supports and resources.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other related duties may be required or assigned.)
• Decide collaboratively with the team lead details about the initial engagement
meeting with the family.
• Assist families in accessing needed resources/supports working with each team member’s strengths and ensuring the family is engaged with new resources.
• Encourage the family to share their own story including their culture, beliefs, and
• Consider the family’s story to identify family strengths, possible team members,
and what parts of the Parent Partner’s story would be helpful for the family to hear.
• Effectively share your own story in a way which builds connection, confidence, and
hope for the family relevant to the family’s culture, beliefs and situation.
• Participate collaboratively in identifying potential team members and what might
motivate them to participate in the team process.
• Explore the parent’s situation regarding the need for rest, relief, and safety, work collaboratively with the team to develop and support stabilization.
• Attend and participate in all Child and Family Team Meetings.
• Provide Direct Interventions as specified by the Child and Family Team Plan.
• Assist the team in making sure the family’s culture, beliefs, voice and choice is reflected in the Child and Family Team Plan.
• Provide the family with transportation to relevant appointments and community resources, as needs are identified in the plan.
• Maintain confidentiality of client and family information and meet all HIPPA requirements.
• Other Duties as assigned.
Every attempt will be made to utilize an agency (or county) vehicle, however, if the use of your personal vehicle is necessary for Youth For Change business, you will be responsible for keeping a mileage record and submitting it to your supervisor for reimbursement. Proof of current liability insurance on personal vehicle must be provided at time of employment and when it expires. Personal vehicle insurance is the primary coverage in case you are in an accident in your vehicle while on business for YFC.
● Knowledge of community resources and networking skills are needed to perform this job
• High School graduate or experience that would demonstrate the possession of knowledge and ability to provide the equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.
• Must be the biological, adoptive, kin parent, or non-related family member of a youth with emotional or behavioral challenges or has had systems experience with their child in a child serving system (i.e. mental health, child welfare, probation and special education).
• Must have direct experiences with child serving systems (i.e. mental health, child welfare, probation and special education).
• It is optimal for the Parent Partner to have experienced the level of care with their
youth equivalent to program assignment.
• Must have life experience as the parent of a youth with emotional or behavioral
challenges. Education in the area of social services is optimal but not necessary.
• Demonstrates an ability to maintain a non-judgmental attitude towards families.
• Possess a valid California Driver’s License with a clear driving record for the past three (3) years.
• Must not engage in use of illegal drugs (applicant must pass a drug screening test).
• Maintain standards of confidentiality.
• Demonstrate safe work practices and exhibits understanding of Individual Family Safety Plans.
• Focuses on understanding and meeting family needs.
• Maintain positive work relationships in a respectful and collaborative manner.
• Maintain good communication with others ensuring others have necessary information.
• Actively work toward organizational improvement and professional growth.
● Maturity and experience in successfully working with children, youth and their families.
● Demonstrate motivation and ability to learn and practice the following skills.
• Family support.
• Parent/child relationships
• Personal and program boundaries.
● Community Resource Awareness.
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to individuals whose value systems and behaviors may differ from members.
● Ability and willingness to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
● Demonstrate good writing and organizational skills.
● Posses and maintain valid California Driver’s License and auto insurance.
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and in small group situations to co-worker, vendors, and employees of the organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The following lists physical demands an employee will perform on a regular basis:
• On the phone
• Reach with hands and arms
• Talking and/or hearing
• Lifting (10 lbs. To 30 lbs.)
The following lists physical demands an employee may perform on an occasional basis:
• Stoop, kneel crouch or crawl
• Special activities with child/youth may include:
• Skiing (water/snow)
• Skate Boarding
• But not necessarily limited to the above list of activities
Duties are performed inside with climate control, in outdoor environment and in weather conditions and in or near water.
This position regularly requires being able to work at close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less) and to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus) for the purpose charting and recording keeping. For driving, the outdoor environment and watching the child/youth, distance vision (clear at more than 20 feet), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point.) and depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships) are needed.
The typical noise level in the work environment of this position is of moderate notice. On occasion, you may be subjected to a loud noise level.
SPECIFIC PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be ambulatory as individual must be able to access family homes that aren’t wheelchair accessible.
WORK ENVIRONMENT – SOCIAL
Employee shall work in a non-hostile work environment. This is, the employee is expected not to engage in any activity that unreasonably interferes with performance of any other employee, such as sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination or any other behavior unduly demeans or intimidates another employee.
As an essential function of this position, the employee must be able to handle levels of stress satisfactorily and be congenial with other employees, clients and vendors at all times.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon taking and passing a health screening, TB test and Drug Screen. The examination assesses a candidate’s ability to meet the physical demands of the position with or without accommodation in accordance with applicable statues for applicants with disabilities.
Any offer of employment is also continent upon taking and successfully passing a criminal background investigation (fingerprinting/live scan); the guidelines set forth by the Department of Justice in accordance with being connected to an agency whose clients are children.
Applicants, who refuse to submit to testing or who do not pass all tests or provide required documents, will not be hired or retained in employment.
How to Apply: For a full description and to apply visit: http://www.youth4change.org/?page=employmentMinimum Education and Experience
About Youth for Change
Youth for Change is a non-profit, public benefit organization licensed by the State of California to provide comprehensive treatment, education and support services in our community. Established in 1991, the Youth for Change team has continually developed community partnerships for the purpose of championing the well-being of children and families. Our programs are dynamic and respond flexibly to community and family needs.