GPS Youth Mentor – Job Description

Guided Pathways – Support for Youth and Families (GPS) is interested in developing an on-going volunteer support for youth programs. GPS welcomes young adults to help with mentoring youth throughout the year. This person brings an understanding of the difficulties that youth may be having and can guide them through life challenges. The mentor will meet one-on-one with his/her mentee to develop a relationship and engage the mentee in healthy, new experiences. If you ever wanted to be part of a dynamic and positive team, GPS is the place for you.

 

Qualifications:

The Youth Mentor should have professional or volunteer experience in the following areas:

  • Excellent communication skills in-person and on the phone
  • Good relationship building skills and ability to maintain constructive relationship boundaries with mentee, mentee’s family and GPS staff
  • Tolerance and openness to different world views and sensitivity to other cultures and languages
  • Responsible, committed to the position and a good listener
  • Ability and commitment to maintain confidentiality and act in a manner that is consistent with GPS policies and procedures
  • Enjoy working with youth
  • Able to act as a cheerleader, coach and advocate for children
  • Satisfactory criminal background and driving record checks, and proof of car insurance (if using a car).
  • A Team Player
  • Between the ages of 16-24

Commitment:

  • Youth Mentors should bring a passion for working with families and youth affected by emotional, mental and substance abuse issues.
  • Inform the Lead Parent Partner of any changes in Mentee behavior, concerns or questions
  • Track time involved with mentee and report hours monthly to the volunteer coordinator.
  • Participate in program evaluations (pre-survey and post-survey)
  • Most Youth Mentors will be working during the evenings and weekends.
  • Must commit to the position ahead of time and go through an orientation and thorough background check.
  • Understand and make a written commitment to follow the GPS Volunteer Handbook
  • Meet weekly with mentee for 1-2 hours
  • Attend monthly mentor group meetings

Supervision

The Lead Parent Partner will provide ongoing supervision and be available for consultation.

All Youth Mentors must fill out a GPS Volunteer Application and pass a background check prior to any duties.

Volunteer Mentor Benefits

  • Opportunity to serve and share from one’s own life experience.
  • Gain satisfaction of working with a young person during formative years of development
  • Opportunity for new experiences and meeting new people.
  • Learn and appreciate diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Get credit for High School Volunteer hours.

If you enjoy working with youth an environment with positive people, your time would only increase our ability to make a real difference in the community and in the lives of those we serve.