Under immediate supervision, provides substance abuse peer education services for the Students in Prevention (SIP) Program within the Office of Substance Abuse, Health Care Services department; and does related or other work as required.
An entry-level class for sophomore-level high school students to undergo training and then provide substance abuse peer education services to elementary, middle and high school classes and community groups. Students work under the immediate supervision of the Students in Prevention (SIP) Coordinator.
Receives mandatory training in substance abuse, family roles, communication skills, ethnic and cultural diversity, and other youth-oriented issues.
Makes individual and group presentations to elementary, middle and high school classes and community groups on a monthly basis throughout the school year; facilitates discussions, activities designed to engage audience participants, and role-play activities for student groups.
Coordinates and schedules SIP presentations with the school site SIP liaison; participates in SIP community projects and attends monthly meetings.
Learns how to organize and prepare educational and informational materials for oral presentations.
Education:High school sophomore class standing at time of hire, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.Minimum GPA requirement applies to quarter and semester grades.Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for SIP program eligibility.High school freshman class standing or junior class standing may qualify at school sites that lack eligible sophomores.
Special Requirement:Possession of a valid work permit must be issued at time of employment.
Substance abuse, basic family dynamics; dealing with peer pressure; building self-esteem; alternative activities to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; punctuation, spelling and grammar.
Maintain alcohol, tobacco and other drug-free lifestyles as per the SIP contract; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; follow oral and written directions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of individuals.
Mobility – standing for extended periods; sitting for extended periods; frequent movement; occasional driving; lifting - frequently 5 pounds or less; vision - corrected vision; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand-eye coordination; dexterity - normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion and ability to operate a computer keyboard; hearing/talking - frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; emotional/psychological - occasional exposure to grief; frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; special conditions - may require occasional overtime, weekend or evening work.