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Youth Peer Advocate

CN Guidance and Counseling Services

Full-Time | On Location / In Office

$24 - $24/hr.


Work with the CN Guidance NCTSI Team to increase access to trauma- and grief-focused treatment and services for our Long Island area’s most underserved children, adolescents, and their families who experience these untreated or undertreated traumas.



  • Serve as a role model for recipients.
  • Assist with completion of NOMS.
  • Educate recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes.
  • Teach effective coping strategies to recipients based upon personal experience.
  • Teach symptom management skills and assist in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals.
  • Assist in the development of community support systems and networks.
  • Provides the opportunity for the youth to expand the skills and strategies necessary to move forward in meeting their personal, individualized life goals, develop self-advocacy skills, and to support their transition into adulthood.
  • Offer support necessary to ensure engagement and active participation of the youth in the treatment planning process and the ongoing implementation and reinforcement of skills.
  • Complete QI Training during onboarding and participate in QI refresher training as needed.
  • Actively engage in agency wide trainings and work groups as well as grant specific trainings on and for the trauma treatment model.
  • Facilitate sharing of data with the individuals to whom it applies to facilitate partnered decision-making and to keep clients informed of progress
  • Complete QI Training during onboarding and participate in QI refresher training as needed.
  • Ability to cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views and experiences. A Culture that makes better decisions, drives innovation, and delivers better business results.
  • Other duties and assignments as requested by the Program Director.



  • At a minimum a youth peer must, have a high school diploma, high school equivalency or a State Education Commencement Credential and possess a credential recognized by the Office of Mental Health, and receive specialized training and supervision required to be acquired within 6 months of employment.
  • A person aged 18- 30 years old who has lived experience with mental health and/or co-occurring behavioral health challenges in their home, school and/or community. Must have valid NYS Driver’s License and the ability to drive for required field work.


We offer an attractive and competitive benefits package for full time employees which includes but not limited to:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • $0 Deductible Platinum Plus Medical Insurance Plan – 90% Employer Provided Benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Long Term and Short Term Disability
  • Legal Plan
  • Dependent Care Expense Account
  • Life Insurance/Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • HRA
  • Training programs including a Mentorship program
  • Employees may be eligible for Federal/Public Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Career growth and Promotional opportunities
  • Employee Perks and Discounts to Broadway shows and more

5 Personal Days, 10-20 Vacation Days, 12 Sick Days, 12 Company Paid Holidays-yearly and so much more.


Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services, Inspires and catalyzes recovery for people living with mental health and substance use conditions through innovative and person-centered integrated clinical treatment, counseling, housing, and support services.

  • Awarded Newsday/Dan papers Top Long Island Work Place 2019-2023, 5 years in a row.
  • Every job and every team at our agency plays a role in helping other Long Islanders live healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Engage your passion and CHOOSE a career & employer where you can use your vital energy to make a difference.

It is the policy of Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc. to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc. prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.

Posted On: February 15, 2024

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