Youth Peer Support Coordinator, Foundry

Work Area: 
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Regular Part Time
Job Category: 
Support Services
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

Foundry is looking for a Youth Peer Support Coordinator to support our ongoing development of Peer Support programming in centres across the province. We are looking for a part time Youth Peer Support Coordinator with direct experience providing peer support to youth and young adults. This position will provide expertise that will support and guide Foundry centre leadership as well as offer training for Youth Peer Support Workers in Foundry centres and in community-based settings. Experience working in an integrated team environment as well as with external community partners both in person and on virtual platforms would be an asset. In addition, this position would also advocate for the importance of peer support services in an integrated team setting and consult with provincial, national and international stakeholders.


Reporting to the Leader, Program Implementation, the Youth Peer Support Coordinator works as a member of the Foundry Central team and shares their own consumer knowledge and lived/living experience of mental ill-health/substance use to support the delivery of Youth Peer Support across the Network of Foundry centres. The Coordinator will support a Provincial Community of Practice and Youth Peer Support Training Program, and assist with planning, development, evaluation, quality improvement, and research initiatives related to the delivery of Youth Peer Support Services, ensuring the youth perspective. This position provides peer-based mentoring, leadership skills development and support to Youth Peer Support Workers across the Network to increase the effectiveness and fidelity in peer led programming. The Coordinator will establish dignifying and purposeful relationships with Youth Peer Support Workers across the Network in many ways, such as through courageous leadership, by getting to know them as unique individuals while sharing their own personal stories, successes and challenges, and helping coordinate and support a sharing of information across the Network.


Knowledge of the principles of recovery and willingness to share their own personal recovery journey.
Knowledge of peer-run programs and understanding of the value of peer/client involvement.
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and to recognize and respond appropriately to the needs of peers and consumers.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate and co-lead training sessions.
Understanding of social media and its utilization.
Team orientated approach and a commitment to a peer driven process.
Skilled in facilitation and public speaking.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.
Ability to problem-solve and take initiative.
Ability to deal with others effectively and resolve conflict.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to organize work.
Ability to operate related equipment.


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.


In collaboration with the Provincial Peer Support Coordinator, supports Foundry’s Youth Peer Support Network (youth peer supporters located at Foundry Centres throughout the province) by utilizing and sharing own 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.

Supports through creativity and experience the continued development of Foundry centres’ Youth Peer Support program by leading the Circle of Peers (Provincial Community of Practice), and mentoring youth peer supporters.

Assists in the sustainability of the Youth Peer Support Training Program by supporting and promoting YPS training across centres, co-leading training, supporting coordination of training events, and supporting modifications to the curriculum.

Works with the Leader and Provincial Peer Support Coordinator by providing input into the operations of Youth Peer Support across the Foundry Network and working with centres in achieving fidelity to the model, and participates in review/revision of guidelines and standards to improve service delivery.

Supports coordination of Foundry’s Youth Peer Support Network members by bringing together Network members from across the province and performing duties such as seeking their input and expertise on the development of Foundry centres, virtual care, public awareness campaigns, and related initiatives.

Assists with and provides input to the development of Foundry services and documents/materials by participating in planning, proposal development, and delivery, while acting as a peer-representative and by sharing own consumer knowledge and lived experience of accessing services for mental illness/substance use, to ensure Foundry continues to evolve from a youth/lived experience perspective.

Assists evaluators in recruiting, training, and supporting youth peer interviewers to ensure the lived/living experience perspective informs the process. Supports quality improvement and ongoing evaluation and research initiatives related to Youth Peer Support Services.

Liaises and builds linkages with community peer support services, by methods such as identifying trends, needs and priority youth mental health/substance use related issues; maintains contact with community groups and volunteer organizations who serve youth to promote interest, participation, and support for Foundry.

Performs other related duties as assigned.