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Volunteer Opportunity

Youth Mentor – 1 year commitment – Training September 22

Application or Registration Deadline: 09/16/2020
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Community Services
Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: Must be at least 21 years old to apply. 2 hours/week for at least one year after being matched with a youth.
Location:

Especially now, during the COVID19 pandemic, Mentors are needed to connect, by physical distancing and through virtual means, with underserved youth in Boulder County. They do various activities one-on-one outside the home, anywhere in Boulder County – Longmont, Lafayette, Boulder, Erie, Louisville included. Geographic preferences are taken into consideration but not always accommodated.

Program Summary:

Join us in this meaningful program for children aged 11-15 who are involved in county services, identified by a school counselor, or are at risk of becoming involved in the justice system.

Many young people just need to get out of the house, or simply need a listening ear when they become involved in the justice system or county services; they come from fractured homes, difficult family situations and/or have suffered traumas in addition to facing the challenge of negative peer influences.

This Mentoring Program gender matches adults with juveniles one-on-one in order to provide them with singular, focused attention for a few hours each week by an interested, well-adjusted adult who is non-judgmental, compassionate, open, respectful and fun.

By meeting with a stable caring adult role model these young people gain a unique supportive relationship that can promote the development of healthy interests, positive attitudes and their ability to speak with adults and reduce the likelihood of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. Mentors also provide individual attention that separate a youth from the potential influences of higher-risk peers. Very often a mentor can change a life (and a mentee can change yours)! Training on September 22, 2020. Read on!

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide mentoring to young people, ages 11-15, who are involved in county services or the court system in some way.
This is a serious commitment: meet with your mentee face-to-face for an average of 2-3 hours per week for one year after you have been matched (vacations and illness excepted). Days of the week and times are flexible, depending on your and their schedules. This program is not designed for volunteers who are out of town frequently or for extended periods. Consistency is crucial; many of these youth have no consistent adult in their lives.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 5pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

MANDATORY ORIENTATION: TUESDAY MORNING, Tuesday, September 22, 2020. An outdoor meeting place or virtual meeting has yet to be determined, based on response. If you cannot attend this meeting, please consider waiting until the Spring 2021 orientation.

Qualifications and Requirements:

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

Must be at least 21 years old. Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license and insurance, or have excellent knowledge of how to navigate public transportation countywide. This is necessary in the event that public health policies change and we are able to offer the option of face-to-face meetings in the future.

Must be patient and eager to listen, not teach or judge!

NOTE: Patience is crucial. Often mentors are not matched for 2-3 months after being accepted into the program. The one year commitment begins once you are matched with a youth. The commitment is to them as well as the program!

We attempt to find appropriate individuals with similar interests. Once matched, realize that relationship building and change happens slowly! Maturity, comfort around teens, not trying to teach or ‘fix’ a child, being a good listener, and having good communication skills are desired. Some understanding of child development and adolescent behavior helps.

Requirements

Weekly communication with and support from the program coordinator.

Meet monthly expense reimbursement deadlines.

Must pass a criminal background check and fingerprints. Having a record does not necessarily prohibit you from being considered. Often people with difficult pasts make good mentors because of their experiences. Each person is considered individually. Staff retain the right to deny applicants based on role compatibility.

Community members with a DUI/DWAI/MIP conviction within the past 5 years cannot be considered.

Training Dates and Information:

The next Mentor Training will occur on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 8:30am-12:00 pm.

This 3 and 1/2 hour pre-service orientation is MANDATORY for any volunteer applicants who are approved to become mentors. Please ensure that you are available to attend this training BEFORE you apply for the program. If you are unable to attend, please wait until the fall training in early October.

All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in order be vetted, interviewed and considered for this training. We need at least 12 mentors, both men and women, to meet the needs of children who are referred by school or services counselors or who ask to be matched with mentors in Longmont, Louisville, Boulder, Lafayette, Erie and other municipalities within Boulder County.

Additional Information:

As a Mentor You Will Receive:
-Training and ongoing support by professional MSW LCSW staff.

-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.

-Mileage and food reimbursement of the mentee’s activity costs during mentoring-related activities when all receipts are retained and remitted by monthly deadlines.

-The satisfaction of knowing you’re making a difference at a pivotal time in the life of a youth and helping them become a successful part of the community.

Contact:

Anne Brubacher
Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator
Phone: 720-656-8445
Email: abrubacher@bouldercounty.org

Mary Eldred
Justice System Volunteer Program Coordinator
Phone: 720-799-5057
Email: meldred@bouldercounty.org

Application Process:

Please email Anne Brubacher at abrubacher@bouldercounty.org explaining your interest in becoming a mentor. Interested appropriate parties will then be sent the online application form link and instructions.

All applicants must agree to and pass a criminal background check and fingerprinting.

All volunteers are interviewed by the Mentor Program Coordinator. This is a selective process; not all applicants will be appropriate for this program but we are grateful for your interest in improving our kids’ lives.