Post Date: 12/14/2017
Close Date: 01/14/2018
In June 2018, Friends of the Children will select our second class of youth from Vancouver, Washington. We are seeking a talented Professional Male Mentor (Friend) with experience working with youth from high risk environments and a strong knowledge of the Vancouver and Southwest Washington community to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals.
Friends of the Children’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty for the highest priority youth in our community. We do this through a 12 ½ year program that emphasizes development of socioemotional assets and the skills to succeed in postsecondary programs and sustainable careers.
Friends of the Children is at an exciting point in our trajectory. We have completed a year-long racial equity initiative, in partnership with the Center for Equity & Inclusion, and are poised to transform our organization through the development and implementation of a staff-driven equity action plan. Additionally, we have just launched a five-year strategic plan that sharpens our programmatic focus on supporting long-term self-sufficiency for our program graduates. We are committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.
A Friend works intensively with eight (8) youth as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting and sustained relationship with each youth.
For each youth, a Friend will:
• Set positive expectations.
• Nurture and promote their strengths, talents, and abilities.
• Help assure physical and emotional well-being.
• Teach life and academic skills.
• Provide enrichment activities.
• Model responsible behavior
Friends work both one-on-one and in group settings with each of their youth for about four hours per week. A Friend will fully document all youth service efforts and participate in an ongoing reflection, observation, and evaluation process.
A Friend must also know, understand, honor and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, principles and policies, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.
Education and Experience Required:
Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred, plus at least one year of experience working/volunteering with youth. Mentoring experience with youth from high risk environments preferred. Bilingual/bicultural, second language speaking candidates strongly preferred. Candidates with strong knowledge of the Vancouver and Southwest Washington community preferred.
Annual salary starts at $35,000. Friends of the Children offers a comprehensive benefits package for all of our employees.
Friends of the Children is committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity and equity in our workplace.