Founded in 1867, the Sacramento Children's Home is the oldest active charity in Sacramento, & among the most highly respected. Serving over 7,000 children & over 4,000 families every year, with eight programs across six locations, we offer excellent career advancement opportunities while making a positive impact in your community.
Under the supervision of the Clinical Program Manager, the Youth Peer Mentor (YPM) provides immediate and follow-up care and support to current and former foster youth being served by The Source during times of crisis and urgent need. The YPM utilizes lived experience in the foster care system to increase engagement with youth, provide advocacy for youth, and aid youth with connections to needed services and resources while promoting a wellness and recovery philosophy within a strength-based approach. This will also involve peer coaching/mentoring, in-home support, accompanying youth and parents to meetings, providing community resource information and advocating for services. The YPM works as part of The Source department and team of care within SCH.
• Provide crisis response to youth seeking support through the Source’s contact methods (phone, text, chat) as well as in community and in home response.
• Work as part of an urgent response team to address youth crisis needs and engages additional Source staff (Urgent Response Coordinators, Therapists and Family Partners) in collaborative care.
• Engage and guide youth to explore and articulate their own values, beliefs, and to find their own voice.
• Provide services individually, in groups, in diverse clinic and community settings that meet the needs of youth and families.
• Help youth identify their personal and cultural strengths and determine how these assets can be part of their treatment plan.
• Mentor youth by using self as a positive role model while maintaining professional boundaries.
• Assist youth in developing and maintaining healthy peer and adult relationships
A High School diploma or GED is required. The completion of at least 12 units in Child Development, Psychology, Social Work, Early Childhood Development or similar field is preferred.
Must have received recent direct services through the public mental health system as a youth. The YPM cannot have worked for the same agency where services are/were being received. (Working with youth who received public mental health services is not a substitute for this requirement). Some positions may require the YPM to have received recent direct services through the foster care system as a youth.
Driving is an essential function of this job, and as such, employees in this position will be required to furnish their own vehicle to be used in the course of employment. A valid driver’s license and minimum insurance coverage is also required.
We offer an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life and accident insurance, short and long term disability plans, retirement plan, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, tuition reimbursement, paid training, career advancement opportunities and annual company picnic.
TO APPLY: Qualified employees must submit a completed Request for Promotion or Transfer form along with a resume to Human Resources. External candidates must complete our on-line employment application available at www.kidshome.org/careers.
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