YMCA of Greater Seattle

Peer Support Specialist, Youth Peer

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 3 days ago(6/28/2022 11:02 AM)
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Social Impact Center YMCA - 3401 Building
Social Impact Center
3401 Rainier Ave. South
Minimum compensation
USD $22.00/Hr.


We have a strong commitment to equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.


Tell me about this job!

Provides culturally competent, and strength-based peer support to youth and their families to decrease crisis and increase in-home stabilization. Identifies natural supports and teaches youth skills to effectively navigate community resources to meet priority needs.  Provides services in client homes, schools or other convenient community locations. The goals of Youth Peer Support include supporting youth empowerment, assisting youth in developing skills to improve their overall functioning and quality of life.  Collaborates effectively with co-workers, supervisors, outside professionals and others involved in delivering the youth’s care to meet safety plan needs and action plan goals. Supports the youth and acts as a bridge between the youth, family and system representatives.  Willing to self-identify as a peer. Because of life experience, such persons have expertise that professional training cannot replicate.


This position is at the Social Impact Center Y, the social services branch of YMCA of Greater Seattle (YGS). The mission of the Social Impact Center Y is to accelerate young people’s ability to build safe, successful, and happy lives. Every year, we serve 5,000 children, youth, young adults, and families across King County with programs that aim to strengthen young people’s ability to develop to their fullest potential through four strategies: reducing risk factors; navigating systems towards successful life transition; ensuring stability, safety and wellness in times of crisis; and building competencies and social capital. The Social Impact Center Y’s programs include housing, behavioral health, foster care licensing, violence prevention, education, and employment. Many of the young people we serve have had involvement in the foster care, criminal justice system, and/or homelessness systems.


Position Type/Location

This position will work full-time Monday-Friday. This role is based out of our Auburn center but will provide support across multiple sites within King County.


What you'll get from working at The Y

  • Membership to the YMCA of Greater Seattle for you and your household
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance
  • Retirement with generous employer contributions
  • Free access to mental health resources
  • Rapidly-accruing paid time off (PTO) available immediately upon hire
  • Discounts on qualifying YMCA of Greater Seattle childcare and day camp programs

*Some benefits only available to full-time staff


Minimum compensation for this role is $22.00/hour


As of 3/12/2022, COVID Vaccination for this role is Required. This position requires proof of vaccination in compliance with local state and federal guidelines unless a submitted medical or religious exemption is approved. To see requirements for each program within our association, click here.



  • Provides both immediate and scheduled crisis outreach services to families in Snoqualmie Valley and additional coverage as needed
  • Flexes schedule to include evenings and possible weekends to meet the needs of families.
  • Assist youth in developing self-determination and empowerment skills through self-advocacy.
  • Identify youth stresses, instability and provide appropriate support.
  • Identifies community resources and natural supports and works with the youth to effectively navigate resources.
  • Collaborates effectively with co-workers, supervisors and outside professionals to meet action plan goals.
  • Transports youth to appointments, meetings, or other locations as needed to support the action plan and linkage to community resources.
  • Works with families to build their own “Child & Family Team”. Attends wrap around and other team meetings to support youth and ensure that their voice is heard.   Acts as a role model for effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in behavioral health.
  • Completes required documentation within program deadlines.
  • Reports all critical incidents and adheres to YMCA program rules and procedures.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




  • Assess and create safety plans to meet immediate safety and stabilization needs
  • Customize helping approaches to fit the family’s uniqueness, personality, culture and interest
  • Reassure and communicate hopefulness so clients know, “they are not in this alone.”
  • Willing and able to self-identify as a person who has lived experience i.e. has or is receiving mental health services and/or interactions with the juvenile court system
  • Articulates own Lived experience and resilience stories in ways that are relevant to the obstacles faced by the youth


Required Skills/Qualifications

  1. Young Adults ages 21-30, with lived experience in receiving services as a youth in complex, child serving systems (juvenile justice, behavioral health, child welfare, special education preferred) and is prepared to use that experience in helping others
  2. Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  3. Ability to effectively communicate with others
  4. Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively
  5. Ability to use a computer and work with Microsoft Windows Outlook and electronic health records data system.
  6. Trained in and familiar with recovery model and able to assist families and youth to focus on their strengths, utilize their voice and partner with their team.
  7. Demonstrated ability to engage youth and their families in a structured process to verbalize their needs, develop an individualized care plan, and transition to reliance on natural supports.
  8. Knowledge of community services and resources including: support groups, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, special education programs, etc.
  9. Experience with crisis de-escalation and crisis stabilization practices.
  10. The following physical and mental abilities are required: frequent lifting or carrying up to 15 pounds, must be able to hear, frequent standing/walking going up and down stairs due to community outreach basis, ability to communicate effectively in person and/or phone, the ability to read, analyze and interpret information, ability to write reports, correspondence and procedures, ability to maintain notes/records, ability to define and solve practical problems, collect data.
  11. Willing to complete paid Peer Support training.
  12. WA State Peer Counselor Certification preferred and required within one year of employment.
  13. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalence preferred
  14. Possession of valid driver’s license and have access to a private vehicle for day-to-day job performance and Ability to transport self and youth in a safe and effective manner, and to meet youth and families at their home or in the community. (Proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage is required.)


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations and ability to speak another language in addition to English strongly preferred.
  2. Current State-approved first aid certification, state-approved CPR certification, BBP (HIV/AIDS) training certification.*
  3. Washington State Agency Affiliated Counseling Credential. **

*     Within 30 days of employment or first available training

**   Within 30 days of employment





The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.


You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y if you:

  • Thrive on working in a collaborative environment
  • Are very adaptable
  • Have high ownership and strong work ethic
  • Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet
  • Truly enjoy being of service to people
  • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together
  • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.


Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. 


“YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.


All job offers are contingent on the results of a background check. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.



Stabilization, Flexes, behavioral problems, child welfare, juvenile justice, de-escalation, BBP


Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.



  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Passion for Excellence


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