Become a Youth Mentor – Community Justice Services
|Application or Registration Deadline:||02/21/2018|
|Opportunity Type:||Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity|
|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.|
Mentors pick up mentees at their residences to do various activities outside the home. Longmont, Lafayette, Boulder, Erie, Louisville included.
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.
|Duties and Responsibilities:||
Provide mentoring to young people, ages 11-17, who are involved in the county services or court system in some way.
|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.
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.
As a Mentor You Will Receive:
-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.
Please e-mail Anne Brubacher at email@example.com explaining your interest in becoming a mentor.
The next Mentor Training will occur on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 8am-12:00 pm at the Justice Center in Boulder.