JOB SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Outreach Center Program Coordinator, the Youth & Young Adult Specialist will perform work involving the care and treatment of individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and provide positive rehabilitative influence.  The Youth & Young Adult Specialist will work as a member of the Outreach Center for the purpose of supporting youth and young adults during their engagement with the Outreach Center.  The role of the Youth & Young Adult Specialist is to help facilitate the mentoring relationships by offering strategies to cope, role modeling positive relationships, and strategies to improve socialization within peer supported relationship.   The Youth & Young Adult Specialist will serve as a member advocate, will have good organizational skills, demonstrate professionalism, and excellent community skills.

ABOUT YOU:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, human services, vocational rehabilitation, mental health, or related field
  • Minimum of one year experience in education, mental health, and/or vocational rehabilitation fields
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment

A DAY IN THE LIFE AS A YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT SPECIALIST:

  • Instructs and assists members individually and in groups regarding basic living activities which may include but are not limited to money management, personal hygiene, nutrition, housing, shopping, meal preparation, community living, and recreation
  • Assists in assessment and evaluation to determine member’s needs and progress relative to set goals
  • Establish and maintain peer relationship in order to help resolve any issues related to the individual’s mental health issues Will provide support to individuals and families in crisis and stress situations
  • Encourage all members to participate in agency-sponsored social, recreational, and educational activities Coordinate and facilitate for youth, young adults, and families, support groups, enrichment activities, as well as, other related programs, activities, or functions   This will include facilitation of curriculum group activities, and oversight of youth and young adult planning
  • Responsible for unique projects, such as newsletters, social media, and special peer related activities
  • Provides information on community resources
  • Records observations relating to actions and behavior, maintains records of services provided
  • Support members in meetings, services, and other activities
  • Provides information to contracted providers, supervisory staff, and other professionals regarding the member’s status
  • Attends staff meetings and participates in training activities as required
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance, works weekend hours, overtime/extra hours as required
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Provides psychosocial rehabilitative services within team concept
  • Documents observations relating to actions and behaviors and maintains clinical records of services provided

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Work performed is generally within the medium range as defined by the United States Department of Labor

Base pay starting at $16/hour. Benefits offered. Full or part time availability. 

ABOUT VPI:

Valley Packaging Industries (VPI) is a community rehabilitation center that provides a variety of human services and vocational skills training to Fox Valley residents and manufacturing-related business services to private industry.  Valley Packaging is the result of a partnership created more than 60 years ago with parents of people with disabilities, local manufacturers, and human service providers . By consistently meeting clients’ and customers’ needs, Valley Packaging has grown into the successful service organization it is today with: over 800,000 sq  ft  of customizable production space, large isolated packaging areas, capacity available for growth, high-speed equipment, and a uniquely blended workforce that integrates hundreds of individuals with disabilities with technically trained production workers.