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Peer Partner

Company: Childhelp
Location: Costa Mesa
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionPosition Summary:

A Peer Partner is an adult with relevant life experience as a foster or adopted youth or graduate of the foster case or adoptive services programs or youth that has received Special Education services, or has been a beneficiary or recipient of services and programs provided through child welfare services in any state) who, drawing on shared experience is responsible for assisting and empowering current foster youth to develop personal confidence and competence by identifying the child's concerns and creating a plan to develop strength-based daily living skills. The Peer Partner helps foster youth cultivate their independence) self-confidence, and self-esteem. A Peer Partner empowers foster youth to explore new options, resources, relationships, activities, feelings, attitudes) and rights. A Peer Partner is a mentor, coach, companion, tutor, advocate and role model to the youth.

This position does not have direct reports.

Essential Functions

  • Engage the child and develop appropriate professional relationships and trust: Involve the child in discussions and activities to develop an understanding of his/her perspective, concerns and needs, and create a positive connection to develop the necessary relationship to support and maximize the service delivery experience.
  • Provide guidance and encouragement to youth to take responsibility for and actively participate in his/her treatment process.
  • Supports the child's engagement in his/her treatment planning, participation in school and/or community activities, pursue healthy and appropriate personal interests, etc.
  • Models, coaches and teaches independent living and self-advocacy skills.
  • Support the child in a non- judgmental, unconditional professional manner that serves to build confidence and self-efficacy.
  • Coach, mentor, model and reinforce appropriate success-based behavior: Model and coach positive, constructive attitudes and behaviors in managing school, interpersonal relationships, living situations, personal challenges and other events that may affect a child's behavior, attitudes about self and/or others, or approaches to life and its challenges.
  • Develop strength-based activities to encourage the child to explore new behaviors and have personal experiences that are unique and novel to their previous experience, develop personal confidence and self-esteem, and to engage in self-advocacy with regard to their future.
  • Advocate for the child to ensure that his/her best interests and concerns are taken into consideration to ensure the child's commitment to the outcome: Engage, support and advocate for the child to enable successful transition to a lower level of care. Coach and teach independent living and self-­ advocacy skills.
  • Engage in teamwork and collaboration to advance the best interests of the child: Participate in necessary clinical and residential team meetings to ensure complete understanding of the child's current situation to advance treatment goals and plans, permanency goals, aftercare services, etc.
  • Seek consultation, advice and guidance from the necessary professionals and treatment team members to create an enriched and enriching approach to developing the child's necessary behaviors and skills to ensure a successful transition to a lower level of care.
  • Attend meetings and other activities in support of and based on the child's needs: Participate in the child's CFT, accompany the child to court appointments, attend departmental and individual meetings as needed to share and receive information, accompany child to school or other activities to provide support and guidance, provide tutoring services if needed, etc. Provide aftercare services as needed.
  • Complete required reports, documents and notes as required for the program: Prepare notes of interaction with the children within the required time frames established for the program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    • At least 21 years of age
    • High school graduate or equivalent.
    • Obtain fingerprint-based criminal background clearance, to include clearance through FBI, DOJ and the Child Abuse Central Index.
    • A current and valid unrestricted California Driver's License and reliable transportation.
    • Relevant life experience as a former foster youth, adoptive youth, Special Education services, or as a beneficiary of, participant in, of recipient of services or programs provided through the child welfare services of any state.
    • Possess the necessary communication skills to enable the incumbent to engage foster youth in discussions to provide guidance and direction. Bi-lingual, Spanish speaking is desirable.
    • Possess the computer literacy and writing proficiency necessary to create required documentation for the program.
    • Some college or a college degree preferred.Skills
      • Strong verbal, written, and listening communication skills to include communicating clearly, effectively, tactfully, and patiently to a diverse population.
      • Strong interpersonal skills and demeanor with the ability to build rapport and garner trust with others.Proficient in the use of a PC; in a Windows environment; in the use of the Internet; and in the use of MS Office Applications such as Outlook, Word and Excel.

        • Ability to pass fingerprint background screening through the Department of Justice, FBI and Child Abuse Central Index.
        • Ability to effectively engage with children from various backgrounds and circumstances.
        • Ability to provide consistency and behavioral limits through relationship-based interventions.
        • Ability to maintain professional behavior in high pressure situations.
        • Ability to solve problems by applying basic analytical skills to include collating and reporting information; identifying trends and exceptions; investigating to define problems more accurately; sorting information in order of importance; identifying relationships and linkages between components; identifying variable potential causes and effects; soliciting guidance to define criteria and assign values of importance and urgency; and escalating issues of an exceptional nature.
        • Ability to work collaborative as part of a team.
        • Ability to demonstrate dependability and flexibility.
        • Ability to deliver high level of professionalism and service.
        • Ability to work with confidential information.
        • Willingness and ability to embody Childhelp's core values of Acting with Honor and Character; Being Open and Receptive; Caring About and Relating to Others; Nurturing Diverse Relationships; Performance Excellence; and Inspirational Leading & Managing.Physical Demands
          • Ability to frequently stand, see, hear, speak, and be physically flexible; occasionally sits walk, stoop, lift up to 50 lbs., carry, run and drive; and at times may bend, climb, squat, kneel, push/pull.
          • Ability to spend 65% of time outdoors, 35% indoors, withstand moderate noise levels including voice levels 90% of the time, extreme heat up to 111 degrees; wind, rain cold weather; to operate household appliances; to drive an automobile; occasionally work alone; work with others 85% of the time.
          • Employees may be exposed to children who may ask inappropriate personal questions, display socially unacceptable personal behaviors, insult your physical appearance, age, sex, and race, use profanity, sexually explicit phrases, exhibit defiance, dishonesty, threats, accusations, and theft, assaultive behaviors and self-destructive behaviors.

Keywords: Childhelp, Costa Mesa , Peer Partner, Other , Costa Mesa, California

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