Job Title:  Mentor

Direct Report: Director of Youth Services

Status: Part Time - Contract 

Hours:  Flexible – evenings and weekends

Rate of Pay: $17.00 per hour


Nature & Scope

Mentors are contracted workers who provide support services to identified children/youth.  Mentors are screened, trained and supervised by the Director of Youth Services from the YMCA of Moose Jaw.

Mentors are contracted to work with individual children/youth for 10-12 hours per month.  Depending on the needs of the child, the time is designated to one-on-one service and/or small group activities.  Mentors can have more than 1 mentee on their case-load.  


Duties & Responsibilities

Mentors perform a variety of duties with the focus of their responsibility being child-centered.  Some of the duties include:

· Coaching and reinforcing appropriate pro-social skill development

· Coaching and reinforcing appropriate self-regulation skills

· Be an agent for child participation in positive leisure, recreation, cultural, and social activities

· Facilitating expansion of social support network for the child/youth

· Positive role modeling

· Adherence to YMCA Child Protection Policies & Procedures

· Ensures compliance with YMCA policies and procedures.



Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner with their mentees, parents and supervisor. 

Problem Solving: Identifies an issue, gathers and processes relevant information, coming up with possible solutions, selecting appropriate responses, and implementing them.

Coaching and Development:  Commits to assisting mentees in continuous learning and development.

Leadership:  Motivates and inspires self and mentees to take action to achieve desired outcomes.


Qualifications & Requirements

· Previous successful experience working with high risk children/youth between the ages of 5 and 22 years

· Knowledge of child development issues

· Knowledge of environmental risk factors

· Knowledge of local community resources

· Knowledge and experience in behaviour management

· Some post-secondary education in an area of human services is preferred.

· Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

· Access to a vehicle and ability to travel

· Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than 6 months preceding your start date.   

· Driver’s License Clearance 

· Successful candidates will be required to successfully complete and pass the YMCA Child Protection training