Youth Peer Advocate- Part Time

Reports to: Director of Youth Programs

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.


  • 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.

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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