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Overview

BASIC PURPOSE:
Peer Mentors in the Transition Age Youth (TAY) program actively participate in an interdisciplinary treatment team of mental health professionals supporting the recovery of students ages 16-25 years old in the TAY Program. Peer Mentors use their own lived experiences as consumers to inspire and motivate others that recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse is possible. They build supportive relationships with TAY students to engage them into services and they routinely facilitate positive group and individual recreational activities in the community. Peer Mentors serve as role models and encourage TAY students to make responsible, healthy, life choices by their own positive attitudes and behaviors. Peer Mentors provide support services as needed and assist the treatment team with providing a high-quality experience for every student who participates in the program.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:
Internal Relationships: Students ages 16-25 in Tay Program, Peer Mentor Staff
External Relationships: other community agencies

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.

● Coordinates supports and develops self-help activities for TAY students.
● Researches enrichment opportunities for Sutter-Yuba TAY students.
● Acts as a liaison between Sutter-Yuba TAY students and other community agencies.
● Meets with staff to provide input and recommendations concerning services and program(s) offered by Sutter-Yuba TAY Services.
● Acts as a resource to students involved in Sutter-Yuba TAY Services; e.g., arranges for guest speakers to present various subjects such as health, drugs, housing, jobs and education, as decided by the interdisciplinary treatment team.
● Advises students of available community resources.
● Assist in providing recreational and/or support services.
● Prepares and/or generates various correspondence and documentation.
● Help to maintain inventory of activity supplies and initiates requests for new or additional material.
● Other duties as assigned.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
QUALIFICATIONS:
• Ability to develop, implement, coordinate and support activities for students
• Ensure and maintain confidentiality of student information
• Possess the ability to define problem areas, and define and select alternatives
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with TAY students and staff members, and the general public
• Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• maintain accurate records
• Ability to operate standard office equipment
• Safely operate a motor vehicle.

Preferred:
• Must possess a valid California Driver’s License with a clear driving record for the past three (3) years. Use of personal vehicle may be required.
• Must currently have (or have had in the past) lived experience or one or more family members receiving services through a Behavioral Healthcare System.

TRANSPORTATION:
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.

LANGUAGE ABILITY:
Ability to read, communicate with coworkers and respond to questions

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Basic math skills desired but not a requirement.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exits.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
This below list displays the approximate time you may be performing the following physical demands on a daily basis:

The following lists physical demands an employee will perform on a regular basis:

• Sitting
• Viewing a computer monitor
• Typing/Keyboarding
• Reading
• Handwriting
• Talk or hear in person or over the phone
• Walking
• Standing

The following lists physical demands an employee may perform on an occasional basis:
• Lifting an average weight of 15 lbs.
• Crouch/Kneel/Stoop/Crawl
• Reach with hands and arms
• Calculator/10-Key

This position requires being able to work at close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less); distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be see up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point.); ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.); depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships.)

WORK ENVIRONMENT – SOCIAL
Employee shall work in a non-hostile work office 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 other agencies at all time.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT
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=employment

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 14.00
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 16.72

    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.

    Accessible by Public Transportation: Yes