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Youth Advocate in Staten Island, New York at The Jewish Board

Date Posted: 11/24/2018

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Job Description

PURPOSE: Youth Peer Advocates (YPA) offer positive youth development-centered services for Waiver participant with a resiliency/recovery focus. This service will promote skills for coping and managing symptoms of behavioral health challenges. YPA service will facilitate the use of natural and community resources. In addition, YPA service promotes wellness through modeling and will assist Waiver participants with gaining and regaining the ability to make independent choices and playing a proactive role in their own treatment. This service may be delivered in either a one-to-one session or a group setting of 2 or 3 waiver participants. YPA activities must be intended to develop and achieve the identified goals and/or objectives as set forth in the youth's individualized care plan. Activities provided by the YPA can include problem solving, mentoring, community resources exploration, and life skills support. The structured, scheduled activities provided by this service emphasize the opportunity for the YPA to support participant in the restoration and expansion of the skills and strategies necessary to move forward in meeting their personal, individualized life goals and to support their transition into adulthood.


Youth Peer Advocate employees must:

• be cleared by the State Child Abuse Registry;

• complete fingerprinting for a criminal history background clearance;

• have a valid driver's license

• be an individual who is a peer to individuals ages 18 to 28, has self-identified as a consumer of mental health services, special education services or foster care;

• Have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED