Youth Mentoring

May 2016! Ambassador of Mentoring (AOM)  AmeriCorps Opportunity:

Join a national service movement in a great agency North of Boston! AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Benefits include a $5,775 educational award upon completion of service, a $1,250 pre-taxed stipend per month, free health care coverage, child care vouchers, and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Other benefits include 50+ hours of professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the non-profit sector, loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service. Serving at Children’s Friends in the Volunteer Youth Mentoring Program.  This is a great chance for an individual who is a self-started, interested in community-based programming, improving the lives of young people, and encouraging volunteerism in their community. The Children’s Friend capacity building project scope will include several large areas for program development including program evaluation, positive youth development initiatives, and volunteer management.

Basic Requirements:
 Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands
 Complete all professional development requirements as part of member service agreement
• Willingness to use their own vehicle to get to community-based meetings across Essex County, including area offices of Lynn, Lawrence, Gloucester, and Salem.

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:
You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member. Complete a minimum of 1,700 hours of documented service to complete host site project. Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting. Responsibilities include attending pre-orientation session, orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long community service planning sessions – Meetings located in Greater Boston. Effectively manage time, projects, and meet competing demands. Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract
General Program Qualifications
 BA/BS strongly preferred or equivalent experience, Experience with and/or commitment to youth development, A passion for volunteerism and community service, The desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities, Flexibility, adaptability, and a good sense of humor
To Apply: Please visit the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring webpage at www.massmentors.org/ambassadors to view our current open positions and apply via email to salves@childrensfriend.net

Do you remember who believed in you?

We all remember the adults that helped shape us into who we’ve become. Children’s Friend encourages everyday community members to do the extraordinary by becoming a mentor! Welcome a young person into your routine- go for hikes, play cards, try community activities- together! The vision of the Children’s Friend Youth Mentoring Program is to establish positive, healthy, and productive mentoring matches that will enhance the young person’s social and emotional outcomes. We are focused on positive youth development and evidenced-based mentoring practices.  Mentees of our mentoring program build self-confidence, practice healthy relationships, and identify positive members and organizations within their local communities.  Our Youth Mentoring Program matches youth between the ages of 5 and 18 with a volunteer adult mentor. The pair is scheduled to meet up to 8 hours each month to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship. Although matches initially agree to a 1-year relationship, our average match lasts for more than 3 years and over a dozen of our matches have met for over 5 years!

Why become a Mentor?

  • You have skills at everyday things and a unique perspective to share…you are an expert of your own greatness! Help your mentee become an expert in their own greatness!
  • You will receive ongoing support, resources and training opportunities
  • Our program maintains a Quality Based Membership with the Mass Mentoring Partnership, a statewide mentoring leadership organization
  • Mileage and Expenses are tax deductible

Our mentors – like the individuals and families we serve – come from a variety of backgrounds and professions- law, small business, government, finance, automotive, electrical, education, human services, food and beverage industry, and more! Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, watching a movie, cooking or just talking on the phone – when you take time out of your day to enrich the life of a child, you’re making a real difference. To be eligible to apply as a volunteer youth mentor, applicants should have the following qualifications:

• Mentors should have a genuine interest in helping to improve the lives of young people
• Mentors are ages 21 and older
• Clear a CORI/SORI Background Check
• 4 References (2 personal, 1 professional, 1 community-based)
• Applicants must complete a written/online application and interview
• Applicants must complete an evening Mentor Orientation

Our Mentees are young people you voluntarily choose to be a part of this youth mentoring program. Mentees cannot be court-ordered or required by any other individual or institution to join. Interested young people should be between the ages of 5 and 18 to apply. The Youth Mentoring program staff will perform an intake to determine whether or not this community-based mentoring program is a good fit for each individual applicant. If applicants do not appear to be a good fit for this program, staff will work with the prospective.  Have you heard Miranda and Lisa’s incredible story? Their relationship has been featured by the North Shore United Way, click this link to watch their short video!

Our online mentor application can be found at https://mentors.mentorcore.com/cffs/index.php?section=application&action=new&fwID=16 We are in high need for volunteer mentors! There are many wonderful young people waiting to be matched!

Due to a significant wait list, we are currently not accepting any new mentee applications.
Mentee Application
Mentee Referral Form
Mentor Role Description


 

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