BraveLife Peer to Peer Navigator
Compensation: $121,710.00 - $79,090.00 /year *
Employment Type: Full-Time
Industry: Social Services/Counseling
The Peer to Peer (P2P) Navigators are young adults that are able to harness their lived experience navigating foster care to work with, engage, and connect with youth currently involved with the child welfare system and are also a major part of the BraveLife initiative. Peer (P2P) Navigators must embody the belief that young people who have experienced adversity have unique strengths and skills that can be nurtured and developed in supporting their own healing and future success. This position will require the employment and involvement of trained young adults with lived experience in the juvenile justice or child welfare system. The P2P Navigators involvement is critical in the transformation of the foster care/child welfare system.
- Harness own lived experience navigating foster care to work with, engage, and connect with youth currently involved with the child welfare system.
- Embody the BraveLife values and philosophy.
- Be a critical part of helping the youth/young adult in planning their empowerment meeting(s) with appropriate agency professional staff and case manager support.
- Develop positive relationships with foster care youth and connect them to the resources and services necessary to support their individual growth and success.
- Work in close authentic partnership with Westchester County Department of Social Services' Aftercare providers and residential treatment center staff, as well as program personnel in structured independent living programs and group home settings.
- Serve as mentors, role models and "system navigators" to other youth (ages 16-21) who have been in, or are aging out of, Westchester's foster care system.
- Assist youth in the foster care system to understand the different roles professionals play in their lives.
- Participate in public speaking engagements and training throughout Westchester County, New York state, and across the country .
- Peer Navigators must understand the importance of research and collection of data that informs the work we do.
- Show motivation and flexibility in all other duties requested by their supervisor.
* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.
- Candidate must have at least a GED or high school diploma and have personal experience with the child welfare system or the juvenile justice system in the areas of navigating the educational, employment, and housing systems and resources in Westchester County.
- Must have basic understanding and computer literacy skills with Microsoft office such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and Outlook.
- Must have basic organizational skills and strong oral communication skills.
- Must have experience and ability to navigate the public transportation system.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of culture, race and issues facing adolescents of color.
- Demonstrate ability to effectively use a multi-cultural approach in working with special needs youth.
- Ability to work as a team member and independently.
- Ability to actively participate and seek supervision.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with youth and staff, as well as ability to partner with professionals.
- Willingness to speak publicly and participate in training's.
- Ability to maintain communication logs.
- Drivers License
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