Do you enjoy helping others learn from experiences you’ve had? If so, we may have the perfect job for you!
The Peer Mentor program is new to Penn-Mar and we’re seeking mentors who identify as having a disability, have experience navigating state/Medicaid services, and have had success setting and achieving life goals. Peer Mentor candidates should have experience coaching others, presenting to/facilitating groups, and is comfortable meeting and building relationships with new people.
Peer Mentors will start at approximately 10 hours per week (hours will be flexible and can vary week to week). The schedule will be some day-time hours, but mostly evening hours. Opportunities to increase your hours as the program grows will be abundant. As the program develops and interest grows, we will support more people and this position will have the potential to transition to a permanent role with additional hours.
The Peer Mentor will provide an array of educational and mentoring services to people, ages 16+, who are preparing for or living life as an adult with a disability. Those supports focus on a shared experience approach and includes content related to advocacy, relationships, employment, daily living, community connections, social and spirituality, supports and services, and family supports. The model is designed to match a mentor and mentee who have similarities in their life experiences to learn from one another’s first-hand knowledge. The goal of peer mentoring is to help the person take control of their life, which means that a person is (1) educated and is the decision-maker for things that impact their life (2) and the person will learn how to leverage their support system to reach their desired life.
The Peer Mentor will be responsible for assisting to co-plan and facilitate the peer-mentoring curriculum with students and adults seeking this service. In addition, the Peer Mentor will partner with other roles connected to youth services and throughout the organization to recruit for family and individual peer-mentoring services.
The services provided by the Peer Mentor will align with Penn-Mar Human Services’ mission to enhance people’s ability to direct their own life which includes providing people with the tools to plan and advocate for themselves. The Peer Mentor will be able to function independently while planning, assisting people in a classroom, community, office or virtual setting. They will engage actively with community partners, such as Carroll County School System Post-Secondary program and Coordinators of Community Service. They will also receive assistance from Penn-Mar Human Services’ Family and Peer Mentoring Education Supports supervisor through weekly planning and coaching meetings.
Role of Peer Support as defined by NCAPPS:
Responsibilities and Duties
10. Flexibility to be responsible for any and all other duties as assigned.