Youth Peer Support Specialist at Horizon House PEACE Program (Philadelphia)

Employer Name:

Horizon House PEACE Program




Youth Peer Support Specialist


Full-Time (Mon-Fri)

Position Description:

The Youth Peer Support Specialist will be an individual who has had direct experience with mental health services and will utilize those experiences to collaborate with, coach and challenge individuals to view their life situations as an opportunity for growth and change within each individual’s recovery. The Youth Peer Support Specialist will aid mental health providers and youth/young adults to move toward self–advocacy in the attainment of their own, culturally specific life goals.

  1. To function as a fully integrated member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team that promotes self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.
  2. To assist program participants with psychosis to regain control over their own lives and their own recovery process.
  3. Assist youth and young adults in understanding components of recovery and resiliency and in applying skills to achieve life goals.
  4. Participate in ongoing program development and enhancement at partner agencies, building on the strengths of youth/young adults and maintaining youth/young adults’ connections to the community.
  5. Support agency staff in efforts to engage youth/young adults in services.

Job Requirements:

  1. A person who is self identified as meeting or has met criteria for prodromal or psychotic disorder who has utilized mental health and/or co-occurring services and has been trained and certified to help her/his peers identify and achieve specific self-determined goals.
  2. Has completed an approved peer specialist certification training curriculum.
  3. Must be a Certified Peer Specialist – certified by a PA State approved entity.
  4. Demonstrates knowledge of recovery/wellness principles and ability to model and mentor the recovery process and
    demonstrates effective coping skills.
  5. A high school diploma or GED and within the last three (3) years has maintained at least 12 months of successful full or part-time paid or volunteer work experience or obtained at least 24 (24) credit hours of post-secondary education; or any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill and ability required.
  6. Ability to establish supportive trusting relationships with people with mental illnesses and respect for peoples’ rights and personal preferences is essential.
  7. Good oral and written communication skills.
  8. Ability to meet agency productivity and documentation standards
  9. trong interpersonal skills
  10. Ability to work independently and as part of a focused interdisciplinary team.
  11. Possession a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record required.

Instructions on how to apply:

Interested individuals can email the PEACE program director (Marie Wenzel: directly with their resume and cover letter (cover letter not required).

They can also apply online at this link: