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Peer Youth Harm Reduction Worker - Lumenus Community Services

Apr 09, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

PEER YOUTH HARM REDUCTION WORKER

LOCATION: 40 Orchard View Blvd, M4R 1B9, Toronto, ON (Temporarily Remote)

POSITION TYPE: Part-Time Fixed-Term (5 hours/week; 12-month contract) 

POSTING CLOSING DATE:  April 9, 2021

As a Youth Wellness Hub site, Lumenus offers a wide range of services for youth aged 12-26 and their families including drop in, walk in counselling, brief counselling, ongoing therapy, group therapy, substance use and Harm Reduction programming, Case Management, Nurse Practitioner services and Psychiatry. The main purpose of this position is to provide Peer Harm Reduction programming to youth, prioritizing 2SLGBTQ+ youth and Black Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) youth at the site.

Working closely with the Central Toronto Youth Wellness Hub (YWHO), Studio staff and the Harm Reduction Coordinator, the Peer Youth Harm Reduction Workers participate in the creation and delivery of participant-informed and youth-led harm reduction activities with, and for, service users. Activities may include co-facilitating SESSIONS drug education programming, a Peer Harm Reduction Support Group, as well as, supporting youth to access harm reduction supplies and resources.  The Youth Harm Reduction Workers will also assist with the development and implementation of a sustainability plan and may be required to conduct community engagement and group activities with participants/clients for project evaluation. 

Lumenus Community Services is a dynamic and growing agency. We offer a competitive salary, ongoing training, and career development opportunities!

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with other Youth Harm Reduction Workers to determine programming and activities for the Central Toronto Youth Wellness Hub inclusive of the Studio
  • Participate in the design and delivery of client/participant-informed groups and/or workshops on harm reduction, substance use, and mental health for young people
  • Assist in co-facilitation of SESSIONS drug education programming
  • Collect feedback from service users to inform harm reduction resources for young people
  • Engage clients/participants in evaluation activities (i.e. focus groups, interviews)
  • Consistently model use of anti-stigma language when discussing drug use, mental health, and other stigmatized behaviours
  • Actively engage in anti-Racist and anti-Oppressive ways of working with the team and participants
  • Active participant in evaluation of peer process
  • Utilize social media (Facebook, Instagram) and email to publicize program activities and enhance program visibility
  • Participate in team discussions and skills building workshops
  • Other related duties as required.

Direct service

  • Support and promote an open, safe space where youth and/or adult participants feel comfortable discussing drugs and drug use without feeling stigmatized or judged in the context of youth-engagement activities
  • Consistently model inclusive language/behaviour and respond to racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist and otherwise oppressive language/behaviour proactively and without shaming individuals
  • Act as educators to peer group(s) to provide appropriately tailored and accurate information on all aspects of harm reduction (self-harm, sex work, substance use etc.), overdose prevention and response, safer drug use and related issues.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE:

  • As a youth role, this position is open to individuals who are under 26 years old
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of, and a willingness to learn about topics related to substance use, mental health, harm reduction, and sexual health
  • Non-judgmental attitude about topics related to substance use, mental health, harm reduction, and sexual health topics
  • Willingness to develop workshops on integrating harm reduction into youth mental health services
  • Display a positive attitude towards diverse communities and commitment to creating youth positive environments
  • Knowledge of and experience with working with 2SLGBTQ+ youth, Black, Indigenous and youth of colour, as well as, youth who have intersecting identities from an anti-Racist and anti-Oppressive stance
  • Ability to commit and express creativity and enthusiasm in youth-led initiatives
  • Lived/living experience of substance use and/or sex work is considered an asset

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Satisfactory clearance under the Vulnerable Sector Screening process
  • Flexibility and ability to work variable hours that might including evenings, weekends, weekdays depending on training, consultation, peer activities, and workshop scheduling.
  • Must be able to participate in team meetings, supervision, and training sessions as required
  • Ability to work respectfully and collaboratively with wider staff teams and abide by Lumenus policies
  • Volunteer or work experience an asset but not necessary

TO APPLY: Interested applicants are invited to submit their cover letter and resume in only PDF or Microsoft word format to the attention of Jordana Rovet at resume@lumenus.ca on or before April 9, 2021. 

Please quote: YWHO Peer Youth Harm Reduction Worker the subject line. Please refrain from pasting the cover letter to the body of the email. 

Lumenus Community Services is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.  We value a recruitment and selection process that is inclusive and barrier-free and we encourage applications from all individuals including, but not limited to, all cultures, religions, racialized communities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. 

We ask applicants to make any accommodation requests for the interview or selection process known in advance by contacting the Human Resources Department. Human Resources will work together with the hiring committee to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

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