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