Mentor Job Description
General Statement of Duties:
A mentoring program uses adult volunteers who are willing to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop age appropriate goals and help the youth be held accountable for obtaining those goals in ever aspect of the youth’s life. An effective mentor is a good listener, is encouraging and supportive in addition to being available to youth proteges, dependable and reliable. A mentor must be able to adjust and be flexible to the current situation when working with youth proteges. Tolerance and respect are requirements of being a mentor. Examples of Duties:
- Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing mentoring relationship;
- Serve as a positive role model and friend;
- Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together;
- Strive for a relationship based on mutual respect;
- Build self-esteem, confidence, and help with motivational issues;
- Help set age appropriate goals (both short term and long term) and help the youth work towards accomplishing them.
- Make a one-year commitment;
- Spend a minimum of eight hours per month working in a mentor capacity with a protege;
- Attend one Sunday Program per month
- Attend at least two (2) outdoor / overnight events
- Maintain weekly contact with protégé via phone, email, text, etc.
- Attend an initial two hour mentor training prior to working with proteges;
- Attend mentor/protege events to include group events, group support events and program recognition events;
Application and Screening Process:
- Be at least 18 years old and have graduated from high school; 21 years old if not a high school graduate;
- Be interested in working with young people;
- Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures;
- Be dependable and consistent in meeting time commitments;
- Attend mentor training sessions;
- Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities;
- Have access to an automobile, auto insurance, and have a good driving record;
- Submit to a criminal record check and have a clean record;
- Not utilize illicit drugs to include the use of marijuana;
- Not use alcohol or controlled substances while participating as a mentor for HFP, or utilize them in an inappropriate manner at any other time;
- Not currently in treatment for substance abuse and have a non-addictive period of at least five years;
- Not in treatment for a mental disorder or hospitalized for such for a period of at least five years;
- Not have falsified information prior to, during or post the course screening process.
- Fill out a written Mentor Application Form
- Driving Record Check
- Criminal History Check, federal and state child abuse and neglect registry, sexual offender registry;
- Personal Interview;
- Provide three personal references;
- Attend mentor orientation and training session.
This is a volunteer position. No compensation or benefits are available.
Have questions? Please contact us at 303-717-0200