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Youth Mentor

Company: Gandara Center
Location: Springfield
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Job Description:

Peer Mentor We're looking for a Peer Mentor to assist families and youth in developing skills and supports that promote family cohesion and safe and successful community living. The Peer Mentor will work with a team of Masters Level clinician, case managers, occupational therapist, and DMH/DCF personnel. Duties: Engage in mentoring activities with one or more youth at a time, not to exceed three. Develop positive working relationships with contracted residential providers and their clinical teams; DMH/DCF personnel; and educational personnel. Focus on developing competencies to prepare a youth for developmentally appropriate functioning in the community, such as engagement in social and recreational activities, money management skills, use of public transportation, career planning, searching for jobs or colleges, and learning to complete applications. Teach new personal skills related to self-care, making friends, managing symptoms. Assist in educational and pre-vocational skill attainment, such as practice in interviewing for jobs or college, appropriate dress, etc.; Accompany to and/or engage youth in age-appropriate social and recreational activities in which he/she would not be able to participate without therapeutic support; and/or Transport the youth or assist him or her with use of public transportation to participate in such activities. Work with youth Continuum clinical teams to develop an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) for this service component pursuant to the DMH/DCF Rehab Options Standards.

Required Skills Qualifications: At a minimum, the Peer Mentor must meet the following qualifications: Peer Mentor must be at 21 years of age An Associate's degree in the human services field from an accredited school and one (1) year experience working with the target population; OR High school diploma or GED and a minimum of two (2) years of experience working with children/adolescent/transition agency youth; OR Preference to individuals with lived experience with Social Emotional Disabilities (SED), mental illness or as a family member of a youth with SED or mental illness. Understanding/willingness to be part of a program that supports youth and families 24 hours per day, 365 days a year and assist as requested/needed. Must have a driver's license and availability of vehicle to support Program needs. Benefits Retirement Plan 403(b) Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance Paid vacations 11 paid holidays 8 discretionary days a year Discounts offered to your Verizon and/or Sprint plans The Gandara Mental Health Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Gndara Center provides residential, mental health, substance abuse and preventive services for children, adults and families across the Pioneer Valley and eastern parts of Massachusetts. Founded in the Hispanic community, we value cultural diversity and strive to provide culturally competent, innovative services to a diverse community MassLive.com.Category: Education, Keywords: Peer Advisor

Keywords: Gandara Center, Springfield , Youth Mentor, Other , Springfield, Massachusetts

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