Volunteer Opportunity

Become a Youth Mentor – Community Justice Services

Application or Registration Deadline: 02/21/2018
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Community Services
Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date: Must be at least 21 years old to apply. 2-3 hours/week for at least one year.
Location:

Mentors pick up mentees at their residences to do various activities outside the home. Longmont, Lafayette, Boulder, Erie, Louisville included.

Program Summary:

Join us in this meaningful program for children who are involved in county services, or are at risk of becoming involved in the justice system.

Many children need a listening ear when they become involved in the justice system or county services; they come from 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 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 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide mentoring to young people, ages 11-17, who are involved in the county services or 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, excepting vacations and illness. (Days of the week and times are flexible, depending on your and their schedules) Complete the morning orientation training on February 27, 2018 in the Justice Center in Boulder. (8:00am-12:30pm) Free parking.

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 and eager to listen! 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 helps.

Requirements

Weekly communication with and support from the program coordinator. Meet monthly reimbursement deadlines. Must pass a criminal background check and fingerprints.. Applicants with a DUI/DWAI/MIP conviction within the past 5 years cannot be considered.

Training Dates and Information:

A 3 and 1/2 hour pre-service orientation is required. The Spring 2018 training will take place on February 27. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 21 in order to set up interviews and complete background checks prior to the training. We need at least 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 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 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 are available to current mentors for their mentee’s activity costs on mentoring-related trips when receipts are retained and remitted.

-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.

Contact:

Anne Brubacher
Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator
Phone: 303.441.4890
E-mail: abrubacher@bouldercounty.org

Application Process:

Please e-mail Anne Brubacher at abrubacher@bouldercounty.org explaining your interest in becoming a mentor.
Volunteers meeting minimum qualifications will then be sent the application form link, 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.

The next Mentor Training will occur on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 8am-12:00 pm at the Justice Center in Boulder.