YMCA of Greater Seattle

CCORS Youth Peer

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 4 days ago(2/16/2018 12:34 PM)
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
Family Services & Mental Health
2100 24th Ave S
USD $18.30/Hr.
USD $18.30/Hr.


Who are we?

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of men, women and children with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility.

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors throughout King and south Snohomish counties to help kids and families thrive – and apply their positive behaviors and goals at home, school, the workplace, and beyond.

  • 13 branches
  • 2 overnight camps
  • 10 swimming pools
  • More than 200 program sites


What you’ll be doing…

You will provide culturally competent, and strength-based peer support to youth and their families to decrease crisis and increase in-home stabilization by identifying support and teaching  youth skills to effectively navigate community resources to meet their needs.  You will be providing 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.  You will collaborate with with co-workers, supervisors, outside professionals and others involved in delivering the youth’s care to meet safety plan needs and action plan goals, acting as a bridge between the youth, family and system representatives.  


Who are you?

If you're the right candidate for the job, you are willing to self-identify as a peer and have life experiences that you are able to translate in a positive, supportive, and professional way in the services that you provide. You see yourself as a credible messanger able to articulate your own lived experiences and resilience stories in ways that are relevant to the obstacles faced by youth.


  • Provides both immediate and scheduled crisis outreach services to families in South King County (Auburn, Kent, and Federal Way) 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.




  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • 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
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others
  • Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively
  • Ability to use a computer and work with Microsoft Windows Outlook and electronic health records data system.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • Knowledge of community services and resources including: support groups, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, special education programs, etc.
  • Experience with crisis de-escalation and crisis stabilization practices.   
  • 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
  • WA State Peer Counselor Certification preferred and required within one year of employment.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalence preferred
  • 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.)
  • Knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations and ability to speak another language in addition to English strongly preferred.
  • Current State-approved first aid certification, state-approved CPR certification, BBP (HIV/AIDS) training certification.*
  • Washington State Agency Affiliated Counseling Credential. ***


*     Within 30 days of employment or first available training

**   Within 30 days of employment




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