Per-Diem up to 5 hours/week, includes evening and weekend hours
Program: Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Children & Family Services
Responsibilities: Youth Peer Support and Training (YPST) services are formal and informal services and supports provided to youth who are experiencing social, medical, emotional, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement, and/or community centered services. Services are delivered in a trauma informed, culturally and linguistically competent manner. The structured, scheduled activities provided by this service emphasize the opportunity for the youth to expand the skills and strategies necessary to move forward in meeting their personal, individualized life goals, develop self-advocacy skills, and to support their transition into adulthood.
Requirements: YPST is delivered by a NYS Youth Peer Advocate Credential. To be eligible for the NY Youth Peer Advocate Professional Credential, an individual must:
- Be an individual 18 to 30 years old who has self-identified as a person who has first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges.
- Be able to use lived experience with a disability, mental illness, juvenile justice, special education, substance use disorder, and/or foster care to assist in supporting youth in their resiliency/recovery and wellness.
- At a minimum, have a HS diploma, HS equivalency preferred or a State Education Commencement Credential. This educational requirement can be waived by the certifying agency if the person has demonstrated competencies and has relevant life experience sufficient for the peer certification.
- Complete Level One (online component) and Level Two (online and in-person) training of the Youth Peer Support Services Advisory Council recommended and State approved training for YPAs followed by a minimum of three consultation calls.
Due to the high number of applicants, only successful candidates will be notified.