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Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 12:07 AM


YPR Vision and Mission:
Young People in Recovery (YPR) envisions a world where everyone can access the necessary tools to recovery from substance use disorder and other high-risk behaviors. YPR provides the training and networks all individuals, families and communities need to recovery and maximize their full potential.

Visit the YPR website at for additional information.

Organization and Program Overview:
The Colorado State Office of Behavioral Health funds the Recovery Support Services (RSS) grant program, which enables YPR to implement, expand and enhance peer recovery support services for young adults struggling with substance use disorders and/or those who have been identified as high-risk. This includes the implementation of Phoenix, an 8-module life-skills training curriculum for young adults (aged 18-25) involved in the criminal justice system.

The Phoenix Program is multi-purpose support program offered exclusively by Young People in Recovery to criminal justice organizations, diversionary courts, law enforcement agencies, and to individual stakeholders in an effort to promote education, access to resources, and direct service for transitional-aged youth populations involved or at-risk for involvement in the criminal justice system. The Phoenix program is grounded in the core mission of YPR which is to educate and empower individuals who are in, or seeking, lifelong recovery. Phoenix is informed by the four dimensions that SAMHSA has identified as being critical to a successful life in recovery: health, home, purpose and community; as well as the SAMHSA GAINS center-identified barriers for successful reentry: lack of healthcare, job skills, education, and stable housing.

Phoenix is based on the success of the YPR peer support services model, which allows certified peers with lived experience to mobilize and directly serve at-risk individuals by providing the connective link to resources and assets that exist in their community. Phoenix serves as the conduit that can educate, empower, and connect individuals to the resources that they need to be successful.

YPR is seeking Site Implementers to facilitate the Phoenix curriculum at our partner sites by leading life-skills training modules.

Essential responsibilities:
Attend 2-day training session with YPR Program Director, RSS Program Manager and Program Assistant to become familiar with the Phoenix program, develop communication and small group leadership skills, and establish best practices for peer support.
Facilitate 8 Phoenix modules for group of 15-25 participants. Responsible for set-up and for welcoming participants to each session.
Prepare for each Phoenix module by reviewing slides, engagement activities, and facilitator guide prior to implementation.
Follow guidelines and utilize resources provided by YPR National staff, including the Phoenix facilitator guide.
Report to RSS Program Manager at least once a week.
Maintain positive and productive relationship with Phoenix partner sites by communicating with partner site point of contact at least once a week.
Connect regularly with local YPR chapter to create bridge between Phoenix program and chapter activities; Invite and encourage Phoenix participants to engage in chapter activities, which include but are not limited to: workshops, all-recovery meetings, pro-social events, and advocacy engagement.

Marginal/incidental functions and other related functions as assigned.

Work Schedule:

Required full 2-day training upon hire before implementation
3 hours/week for 8 weeks
Some weekends/evenings for volunteer chapter activities
Opportunity for continuation of contract dependent upon performance in initial 8-week period

Required qualifications:
Experience working successfully with diverse communities
Understanding of substance use prevention and recovery
Positive and supportive attitude toward all pathways of recovery
Experience in facilitation and small group leadership
Sensitivity and awareness of the unique needs and stigmas associated with underserved populations
Excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills

Preferred qualifications:
Experience working successfully with young adults
Experience working successfully with people with substance use disorders
Knowledge and experience in judicial system
Previous training and certification in trauma-informed response, cultural competency, and peer education
Lived experience with criminal justice, juvenile justice or diversionary courts
Bilingual (Spanish/English)

Travel: Must have reliable transportation to Phoenix partner site.

People in recovery, individuals with lived experience of the criminal justice system and YPR chapter members/leaders highly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please send resume and letter of interest to and with the subject line “Phoenix Site Implementer.” Please indicate where you saw this posting or how you heard about the position.

• Location: Denver

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