JOB TITLE: Youth Program Mentor (Part Time)
PROGRAM: Kinship Support Services
JOB GRADE: H (Mentor I), I (Mentor II)
POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Youth Program Coordinator, the Youth Program Mentor is responsible for planning and implementing enrichment programs during after school hours and support groups. Program Assistant will lead academic, recreation, and enrichment activities for kinship children and youth.
Assists Youth Program Coordinator in planning, development and implementation of the program educational, enrichment, and recreational activities; and family events designed to address program goals.
Works with students in small groups on homework assignments and various enrichment activities.
Helps youth develop and utilize their strengths, interests, and skills with check-ins and goal setting.
Makes regular contact with youth clients at kinship locations, schools, client's home, or in the community. This requires reliable transportation and ability to transport clients.
Completes youth intakes. Greets and invites participation of new kinships children and youth. Fosters introductions among young kinship clients, supervises and redirects as needed children and youth during all activities including afterschool, weekend, and support group enrichment activities, and family events.
Researches and connects kinship youth with community resources to support youth's goals related to life skills, educational, social and recreational development.
Safeguards the dignity and protects the rights and individuality of each kin family under their supervision.
Maintains appropriate boundaries and remains in compliance with HIPAA privacy laws.
Takes attendance, completes and maintains all service documentation and statistics as required.
A positive, service-oriented team player who thrives in a fast-paced, busy environment. Genuine interest, and passion for working with youth ages 6-18. Knowledge of and skills in working with separation & loss, family systems, conflict resolution, reunification process, and the emotional issues of kinship families. Knowledge of trauma-informed care and practices. Proven ability to develop rapport and maintain professional relationships with youth clients and their families; must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills at all levels (clients, colleagues, supervisors, and community members). Must be reliable, personable, and organized. Can work independently and is comfortable working in small teams and with community based partners. Demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity to, and competence in dealing with cultural and socioeconomic diversity of client population. Proven problem-solving skills and knowledge of community resources. Must have flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
Youth Program Mentor I requires high school diploma (or equivalent).
Youth Program Mentor II requires completed Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in behavioral science subject (child development, psychology, counseling and guidance, early childhood education, human services, social science, social welfare, social work, sociology or recreation).
Minimum one (1) year experience working with youth providing support to set and reach goals, engaging families and community resources in supporting individualized plans.
Minimum one (1) year experience planning and/or leading indoor and outdoor recreation activities or leading after-school academic and enrichment activities.
Familiarity with the needs of relative caregivers, kin youth, and kinship family dynamics preferred.
Basic computer skills in Word, Excel and Internet searching.
Lincoln Child Center