Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator - Foundry

Work Area: 
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Regular Part Time
Job Category: 
Support Services
Mental Health

Foundry delivers a health and wellness experience for youth from ages 12 to 24 by providing access to primary care, mental health and substance use services, peer support, and social services. This role is based out of our Foundry Corporate office in downtown Vancouver. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, enjoy creating and implementing new initiatives this is the team for you! To learn more about Foundry and the care and services we provide:


Reporting to the Leader, the Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator works as a member of the Foundry central office team and utilizes their own consumer knowledge and lived experience of mental illness/substance use to support the Provincial Youth Network related to a specific program and/or project for Foundry - a provincial initiative with the goal of providing youth and young adults with enhanced access to integrated health and social services, thereby easing transition points for youth and their families. This position coordinates and co-facilitates youth network committees, identifies opportunities for youth skill enhancement, provides peer-based mentoring, leadership skills development and support to Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) youth (clients) in the Network in order to increase their comfort during and effectiveness participating in peer led activities pertaining to the specific program and/or project. The Coordinator establishes a dignifying and purposeful relationship with Youth Network members by getting to know them as unique individuals. The position seeks Network members’ input in the development of Foundry and initiatives related to a specific program and/or project; assist with planning, development, evaluation, quality improvement and research to ensure that Foundry is developed from a youth perspective.


  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and to recognize and respond appropriately to the needs of peers and consumers.
  • Knowledge of the principles of recovery.
  • Understanding of the value of youth and young adult involvement.
  • Understanding of social media and its utilization.
  • Skilled in facilitating youth led-initiatives.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak on behalf of those with lived experience in a constructive way.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to take initiative in co-developing solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive under pressure, organize and prioritize work.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others to produce effective deliverables.
  • Intermediate skills using a variety of computerized software, databases and systems such as Microsoft Office 2019.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


Diploma in Social Services plus completion of a recognized peer support training program and two (2) years’ recent related experience working with youth and young adults with mental health and substance use issues or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Lived/living experience with mental illness/substance use and recovery. Experience speaking at public events is an asset.


  • Coordinates Foundry’s Provincial Youth Network Committee(s) related to a specific program and/or project which includes arranging monthly meeting logistics, putting together meeting agenda, creating content documents as necessary, scheduling guest speakers and hosting various education sessions and training. Seeks input and expertise on the development of Foundry centres, e-Health, public awareness campaigns, and related initiatives.
  • Recognizes where skill development is needed within Foundry’s Provincial Youth Network pertaining to specific programs/projects and creates opportunities for young people across the province to acquire the skills to thrive as young leaders and advocates in their local community.
  • Mentors young leaders from across the province by offering consultation and advocacy pertaining to specific programs/projects to support them in becoming young leaders in their communities.
  • Co -facilitates Foundry’s Provincial Youth Network Committee(s) related to a specific program and/or project by utilizing lived experience and consumer knowledge while encouraging skill development to enhance the effectiveness of network members and youth leadership across the province. Provides peer-based mentoring, leadership skills training, feedback and support virtually, in person or through the Provincial Youth Advisory calls.
  • Advocates youth engagement projects at Foundry central office related to a specific program and/or project. Supports youth peer involvement to ensure the lived experience perspective informs the process.
  • Represents the youth perspective on panels and working groups as they relate to specific programs/projects. Assists in the recruitment, onboarding, application and selection process and coordinates the arrangement of travel, honorarium payments and logistics.
  • Supports content development of Foundry’s online platforms for a specific program and/or project including by providing feedback and consultation; supporting the creation of social media public awareness campaigns; and working in partnership with the PHSA Health Literacy team assigned to build a social media network.
  • Works with the Foundry central office team and Foundry centres to create a community engagement strategy. Leads the coordination of provincial youth engagement for a specific program and/or project in the development of Foundry services. This includes reviewing and revising documents and materials to ensure an accurate representation from a youth/lived experience perspective.
  • Engages in research initiatives, reviews existing and new peer programs in relevant external organizations. Researches best practice and trends and provides program recommendations related to a specific program and/or project.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.