Youth Peer Advocate, Child & Family Support Program (CFSP) part-time and full-time position

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Job purpose

In keeping the Mental Health Advocates of WNY, Inc. (MHA) Vision and Value statements, the Youth Peer Advocate maintains a Mission-driven approach and provides a message of hope, strength and recovery to youth whose lives are impacted by mental illness through shared insight and experience.

Duties and responsibilities

 Works as a member of a committed team to coordinate peer-led educational and support programs for adolescents and transition-age youth in schools and in the community.
 Models and implements a youth-driven approach to services.
 Assists youth in engaging in their treatment plan and gaining self-advocacy skills.
 Compiles and maintains an up-to-date list of community supports for youth.
 Facilitates support groups, assists with workshops and family recreational activities to provide support and youth and family education.
 Provides support to youth participating in the Erie County Children’s System of Care.
 Models and teaches advocacy and empowerment skills.
 Supports transition-age youth and shares knowledge of resources in the adult system.
 Actively participates in community meetings when needed to represent the youth voice.
 Documents all activities.
 Performs other duties as assigned.


The following is a list of experience, technologies, credentials, skills and other items which are required for this position:
 Is between the ages of 18 and 30.
 Has been a recipient of at least one of the child-serving systems: mental health care, addiction treatment, foster care, juvenile justice, and child welfare.
 High School diploma or GED required, some college preferred.
 Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and supportive approach to the needs of others.
 Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality and HIPAA compliance.
 Excellent oral and written communication skills.
 Great relationship building, interpersonal, and coaching skills.
 Sound, independent decision making ability.
 Proficient computer skills in a Microsoft office environment.
 Team-first attitude and a positive demeanor.
 Flexibility with schedule to include evening hours and weekends.

Travel Requirements

Mandatory: must possess a valid Driver’s License with reliable transportation to travel within New York State, as well as nationally, if required.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter with resume to:
MHA, ATTN: Career Opportunities YPA; 1021 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212

Do You Need Help?

Information & referral specialists are available M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm to help link you to community resources, providers, or treatment services.

Call (716) 886-1242.

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