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San Diego Youth Services Peer Mentor in San Diego, California

SDYS Job Announcement:

Peer Mentor


San Diego Youth Services provides vital services to more than 28,000 youth every year at 100+ community and school locations. We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing. Through prevention, early intervention and treatment, we also help youth before they need higher levels of care or become homeless.

Join us in building futures

Status: Part-time (5 hours per week); $15.00/hour

Responsibilities: Accountable to Program Manager. The Peer Mentor is responsible for support and follow up for youth ages 15-18 participating in a comprehensive work-readiness and on-the-job training project.


  • Establish rapport with youth from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Link youth with resources that are appropriate to their individualized needs.

  • Coordinate weekly coaching and group peer mentoring sessions to youth participating in On the Job Training.

  • Maintain contact with youth utilizing various modes of communication; via text, phone or social media. Contact to be made prior to and after their scheduled work shifts to provide encouragement, get feedback, and maintain engagement.

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated approach for youth, some with co-occurring disorders, in quality trauma informed youth programs, which adhere to and uphold the rigorous standards of San Diego Youth Services as mandated by its mission, purpose, guiding principles and standards of quality.

  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with staff and volunteers within the program, the center, the agency, and the community.

  • Welcome and support volunteers in the organization and assist them in accomplishing their services whenever applicable.

  • Participate in all required trainings, meetings, and consultation/supervisions.

  • Promote productivity in compliance with appointed grants and summary of work.

  • Stay current on best-practices for Support Partners.

  • Participate in carrying out agency plans and vision and appropriate agency-wide committees as applicable.

  • Maintain accurate and timely uniform record documentation on all youth/families.

  • Maintain clear, effective and open communication with youth and staff.

  • Complete needs assessments as appropriate and provide crisis intervention, recreational opportunities and peer support services to youth.

  • Promote greater youth participation in policy, program and service delivery.

  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service-partners health protected information, as well as other application information and material in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA.

    Perform other Duties as assigned or required.

    Qualifications: Must have direct experience as a consumer (or Care-Giver of a consumer) of children?s mental health services, the juvenile justice system, child protective services, or special education. That is, applicant must have directly experienced system involvement. Must be at least 18 years of age and have a High School diploma. Bi-lingual desirable. Able to work in a diverse environment and demonstrate cultural competence. Must be willing to develop or possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis treatment. Must be able to work with and represent a culturally and ethnically diverse community. Must be available to work weekends and evenings as assigned by supervisor and/or as needed. Willing to and successfully complete background check, drug test, and TB test. Must have or be willing to obtain CPR and First Aid Certification. Must have own, reliable transportation and must be able to provide transport to youth as needed in the community. Must be able to work efficiently remotely; be able to follow all the guidelines provided by the agency, government and health authorities to maintain safety and health when the job requires physical presence and/or contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    An Equal Opportunity Employer

    SDYS is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.In compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended,all new employees must verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

    Job Opened: 12/22/2020