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Peer Mentor - Young Adult Therapeutic Care

Youth/Young Adult Residential

Chicopee, MA
ID: 493-379

Peer Mentor - Young Adult Therapeutic Care

We're looking for a Peer Mentor for our Young Adult Therapeutic Care Program in Chicopee, MA, to work on a part-time basis and provide direct support for our youth and families participating in the Intensive Community Services (ICS) program, which provides clinically intensive treatment and outreach support to help build, strengthen, and maintain youths' connections to family, home and community. The Young Adult Peer Mentor works directly with the youth/young adult, and ensures youth engagement in services, and provides consultation to the ICS team about youth guided treatment. The Young Adult Peer Mentor will report to the Program Manager.

What you'll do:

  • Provide services to youth and families in a manner that is strengths based, family driven, youth guided and culturally
  • Engage in mentoring activities with one or more youth at a time, not to exceed
  • Develop positive working relationships with contracted residential providers and their clinical teams; DMH personnel; and educational
  • Focus on develop\ng competencies to prepare a youth for developmentally appropriate functioning in the community , such as engagement in social and recreational activities, money management skills, use of public transportation, career planning, searching for jobs or colleges,
  • and learning to complete applications.
  • Teach new personal skills related to self-care, making friends, managing symptoms
  • Assist in educational and pre-vocational skill attainment, such as practice in interviewing for jobs or college, appropriate dress,
  • Accompany to and/or engage youth in age-appropriate social and recreational activities in which he/she would not be able to participate without therapeutic
  • Transport the youth or assist with use of public transportation to participate in such activities.
  • Work with youth IHBTC team to develop an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP)
  • Informs the Agency of all emergencies or critical
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Program
  • Will spend significant time away from office (visiting families, collaterals, etc.)

Administrative Responsibilities/Record Keeping

  • Requirement to keep current on all Agency, Government and Funding trainings and health requirements (OSHA, Sexual Harassment, )
  • Completes all the necessary paperwork in a strength-based manner per Agency/Program
  • Attends all training and meetings as requires by the funder of the
  • Completes time sheets, mileage forms and submits them accurately and in a timely manner.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to work with the target
  • Ability to structure and organize job responsibilities with minimal
  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication
  • Displays sound
  • Ability to provide goal-oriented
  • Works well as a team

 Working Conditions

  • This position is a 40 hour a week position. Shift hours may vary. Additionally, he/she may be required to work some holidays, nights, and/or some weekends. Office space is limited. Working conditions also include travel to and from the program and scheduled activities, appointments, client's homes This job entails high risk exposure to at risk population in high crime neighborhoods. This position involves being exposed to smoking environments.


Required Skills

What we're looking for:

  • Peer Mentor must be at 21 years of
  • An associate's degree in the human services field from an accredited school and one (1) year experience working with the target population; OR
  • High school diploma or GED and a minimum of two (2) years of experience working with children/adolescent/transition agency youth; OR
  • Preference to individuals with lived experience with Social Emotional Disabilities (SEO), mental illness or as a family member of a youth with SEO or mental
  • Understanding/willingness to be part of a program that supports youth and families 24 hours per day, 365 days a year and assist as requested/needed.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations and community agencies: School , DYS, Juvenile Court, etc.
  • Bi-Lingual Spanish/English


  • Retirement Plan 403(b)
  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • Paid vacations
  • Paid holidays
  • 8 discretionary days a year

The Gandara Mental Health Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Gándara Center provides residential, mental health, substance abuse and preventive services for children, adults, and families across the Pioneer Valley and eastern parts of Massachusetts. Founded in the Hispanic community, we value cultural diversity and strive to provide culturally competent, innovative services to a diverse community.


This position is located at 119 Shepherd st, Chicopee, MA. View the Google Map in full screen.

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