Volunteer Opportunity Details

Boulder County Volunteers!
Position Title:Youth Mentoring Program - Community Justice Services
Department:Community Services
Category:Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:Must be 21 years old to apply. 2-3 hours/week for at least one year.
Location:
Varies depending on the location of the mentee's residence.  Youth in Longmont/Lafayette are especially in need of male volunteers at this time.   
Program Summary:

Many children need a listening ear when they become involved in the justice system; they come from difficult family situations and/or have suffered traumas in addition to facing the challenge of negative peer influences. 

This Mentoring Program matches adults with juveniles involved in the court system one-on-one in order to provide them with singular, focused attention for a few hours each week, by an interested, well-adjusted adult with a non-judgmental, compassionate and open, respectful and fun attitude.
By meeting with stable adult role models who are not involved in the justice system,  these young people gain a unique supportive relationship that can promote the development of positive attitudes and reduce the likelihood of recidivism. Mentors also provide individual attention that separate a youth from the potential influences of higher-risk peers. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide mentoring to young people, ages 11-17, who are involved in the court system in some way.  
  • Commit to meet with your mentee face-to-face for an average of 2-3 hours per week for one year (Days of the week and times are flexible, depending on your and their schedules)
  • Complete the evening training on Sept. 27 2016  (6-9:30pm)
  • Weekly communication with program coordinator
  • Meet monthly reimbursement deadlines 
Qualifications and Requirements:

An ability to interact with teens in a positive, non-preachy, appropriate, supportive and respectful manner.

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must possess a valid Colorado driver's license or know how to navigate public transportation countywide.
  • Must be patient! Often mentors are not matched for 2-3 months after being accepted into the program.  We're trying to find appropriate individuals with similar interests. Once matched, realize that change happens slowly!
  • Maturity, comfortable around teens, not trying to teach or 'fix' a child, good listener, and good communication skills desired
  • Some understanding of child development and adolescent behavior preferred. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check and fingerprints
  • Potential volunteers with a DUI/DWAI/MIP conviction within the past 5 years cannot be considered.
Application or Registration Deadline:9/25/2016 5:00 PM
Application Process:

Please e-mail Anne Brubacher at abrubacher@bouldercounty.org explaining your interest in becoming a mentor.

Volunteers meeting minimum qualifications will then complete the JSVP application form, provide names of three professional references and must agree to and pass a criminal background check and fingerprinting. All volunteers are interviewed by the Mentor Program Coordinator.

Training Dates and Information:
A pre-service training is required.  The next training is on Tuesday evening, September 27, 2016.  All applications must be filed by September 25.  We need 12 mentors, both men and women to meet the needs of children who are referred by counselors or who ask to be matched with mentors, especially in Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie and other municipalities within Boulder County.
Additional Information:
As a Mentor You Will Receive:
  • The satisfaction of knowing you're making a difference at a pivotal time in the life of a youth and helping him/her become a successful part of the community
  • Training is provided as well as ongoing training and support
  • Mileage and food reimbursement for the mentee on mentoring-related trips 
  • A meaningful relationship with a youth who may not have enjoyed many healthy relationships
  • Experience for individuals who want to pursue careers working with youth or in criminal justice
Contact:
Anne Brubacher by Sept. 25 - 
Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator 
Phone:  303.441.4890
E-mail:  abrubacher@bouldercounty.org 

Policies

All volunteers need to review Boulder County's Multicultural Diversity and EEO and Unlawful Discrimination Policies before starting their volunteer assignment.

If you need special assistance to fill out a volunteer application, please contact our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at 303-441-3525.

Boulder County supports infants at work when feasible, so please inquire with the volunteer coordinator if you are a new parent considering a volunteer opportunity.

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