Peer Support Worker - Child & Youth Mental Health

Kenora, ON

OGIMAAWABIITONG Employment Opportunity

POSITION: Peer Support Worker – 1 FTE Permanent Position
Child & Youth Mental Health

RESPONSIBLE TO: Manager – Youth Wellness Hub

Reporting to the Youth Wellness Hub Manager, the Drop-In Coordinator will work as part of the Youth Wellness Team, carrying out and overseeing the drop-in services. The Drop-In Coordinator will both plan and facilitate drop-in programming, working closely with the Peer Support Worker to ensure culturally safe, trauma-informed programs are offered to youth ages 12-25. This position will identify needs of young people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges and will work to address gaps, with an emphasis on increasing access to basic needs. As part of the Youth Wellness Team, the Drop-In Coordinator will work with other service providers to reduce barriers and increase access to services.
The Youth Wellness Hub offers timely access to a variety of integrated services, with an emphasis on mental health and substance use. The Youth Wellness Hub is supported by a network of organizational partners, as well as a Youth Advisory Council. The YWH aims to increase access by reducing barriers and co-creating its programs and services with youth.
The Kenora Youth Wellness Hub is committed to hiring individuals who represent the diversity of the populations we serve. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals including applicants from all cultures, Indigenous, Black and racialized communities, applicants with diverse sexual and gender identities, applicants with disabilities, and applicants with lived experience of mental health and substance use challenges.

Summary of Duties:
➢ Welcome and orient youth to the YWH in an approachable, non-judgmental way;
➢ Provide information, education and guidance to youth and families, supporting them to identify the most appropriate service(s);
➢ Support youth to engage in our intake process;
➢ Facilitate individual and group programs and activities through the YWH drop-in program;
➢ Support youth with needs including housing, employment, education, food security and cultural connections;
➢ Provide crisis intervention, when necessary;
➢ Ensure youth voice is embedded in the development and operations of the YWH;
➢ Chair and support the work of the Youth Advisory Council;
➢ Manage YWH’s social media platforms and other communication channels;
➢ Provide in-person and virtual service to clients;
➢ Daily Hub maintenance including but not limited to, sanitization, organization, cleaning, etc.;
➢ Work as part of the Youth Wellness

Qualifications:
➢ Lived experience with mental health and/or substance use issues and willingness to share experiences is a requirement;
➢ Excellent rapport and ability to work with youth;
➢ College diploma or university degree from a recognized post-secondary institution preferred;
➢ Experience facilitating activities and programs, including culturally-based programming is an asset;
➢ Ability to respond to crisis and post-crisis situations;
➢ Excellent skills in the following areas: team work, youth engagement, social media, computer, organization, networking, interpersonal and communication (written & oral);
➢ Ability to demonstrate and work through a lens of sensitivity to diversity related to race, religion, culture, cognitive functioning, poverty, sexual orientation and gender identity;
➢ Commitment to participating and learning about Anishinaabe culture and experience working with First Nations populations is considered an asset;
➢ Willingness to engage in mental health, substance use and other necessary trainings to increase capacity and skills in the field of peer support;
➢ Valid driver’s license and vehicle;
➢ Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records Search;
➢ Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Please forward resume cover letter and 3 references by Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. to:
Human Resource Department
Kenora Chiefs Advisory
P.O. Box 349- 240 Veterans Drive, 3rd Floor
Kenora ON P9N 3X4
Fax: 807-467-2656
Email: resume@kenorachiefs.ca
We thank all that apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

All Nations Health Partners

All Nations Health Partners

The All Nations Health Partners are a coalition of leaders in Indigenous and mainstream health services in the Kenora Region; comprised of fifteen local organizations working together to improve health care delivery to our communities. 

We are working to improve the health system to focus on people first and better serve the unique needs of our northern communities. We are developing a regionally specific, culturally appropriate and responsive health system for all nations. Our approach is collaborative and holistic, rooted in both traditional healing practices and the best aspects of the modern health system.

In 2019, the All Nations Health Partners became one of the first Ontario Health Teams furthering the development of a seamless, patient-centered health system. 

There are employment opportunities among the partner organizations in healthcare, allied health, administration, social services, family and specialist physicians and more! You will gain extensive experience working with dynamic and collegial professionals. Join us and find your work-life balance in Kenora, Ontario!

 

 

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