|Nature of Work: Serves as an integral part of Anne Arundel County’s larger system of care through using personal lived experience to connect with, validate, inspire and provide support to youth at risk of opioid and stimulant misuse. Increase community awareness of substance use disorder (SUD) challenges among youth and what helps to cope with these challenges. Assist referred youth in developing self-advocacy and negotiating skills. Serve as a role model to youth in communication, health and wellness, and conflict resolution. Share lived-experience in the recovery process, as appropriate, to establish credibility and trust with youth and their families. Partner with youth and if applicable, their care team, to identify youth strengths, needs and goals. Support youth in developing specific, practical steps to reach their recovery goals; achieving recovery goals; engagement in services, articulate preferences and concerns, and identify people within their support network and new resources that will support their personal goal attainment. Facilitate individual and group meetings with youth that promote sharing, learning and growth. These meetings are designed to meet the needs of the youth in a particular context – thus may be manual led, unstructured topical groups, skill-based groups or social events. Engage in community outreach and education. Assist LBHA, schools and community service providers with championing initiatives to increase youth client engagement in services. Share lived-experience as part of team outreach and education efforts.