Sarah Irving - Peer Support Worker, Inner City Youth Program
Written by Kyra Stewart
Meet Sarah Irving from our Inner City Youth Program. Learn what a typical day at ICY is like and why she likes working with youth
Sarah Irving, one of two peer support workers for the Inner City Youth Program, works collaboratively with interprofessional team members and assists with implementing the designated peer support program. She provides support to clients in the development and maintenance of life skills, assists clients with the activities of daily living and promotes client participation in programs.
What does a typical day look like for you?
There is no such thing as a typical day with this position, which I absolutely love! We work with youth on various life skills, making their appointments, reaching their goals and attending the various recreation activities that the program provides. We have also created and implemented a Youth Advisory Committee, an LGBTQ2S group and a Peer Support Group for the youth in our program to take part in healthy and fun activities. Every day looks completely different and it is always changing depending on the needs of the youth!
What are the challenges and motivations that come with doing your job?
It is still a very new position for me, so the challenges at this point are just trying to become comfortable with the role and responsibilities that come along with my position! The motivation for me is being flexible and supportive for the youth. I hope to build relationships with them, hear their stories and normalize their experiences as someone that understands.
What inspired you to work with youth?
There wasn’t one single thing, but a variety of experiences that drove me towards working with youth in mental health. I have had my own experience with mental health and I know how tough it can be. After I became well, I was incredibly inspired to give back to the field and people that gave so much to me. I love meeting the youth where they are at and assisting them to meet their self-identified goals.
How do you relax?
I love to go for walks and I find walking is a great way for me to exercise and be present after a long day at work. We live in a beautiful city and I find exploring it very relaxing.
What is the worst job you’ve done?
I worked in the deli department of a grocery store. My coworkers were amazing, but handling deli meat definitely wasn’t for me.
What would your super power be?
Great question! It’s a tough call. I would go for flight, even though I am scared of heights. Flying everywhere would definitely be cooler than taking the bus.
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