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Title: Youth Mentor for Clackamas County Schools

Report To: Clackamas Youth Intervention Services Manager

Classification: Non-exempt

Position Time: 40 hours per week, some evenings and weekends

Description

Northwest Family Services (NWFS) offers support for youth who have experienced significant trauma leaving them with a greater risk to use alcohol, tobacco products, and drugs. The Mentor will maintain frequent contact with assigned youth regularly and consistently to establish positive rapport, serve as a caring adult, and provide guidance, support, and resources.  The Youth Mentor will commit to serve the youth a minimum of one year to empower the realization of mutually agreed upon academic, career, and personal goals including improving positive social norms related to alcohol, tobacco products, and drugs.  This will be accomplished through the modeling and teaching of healthy lifestyle choices.

Essential Functions

  • Commit to consistently meet or connect with youth weekly throughout the school year and over Summer, as appropriate (can include face to face, text/email/phone, outings, etc.).
  • Face to face contact with youth is required at least twice per month.
  • Maintain a caseload of 5 students at each of the 6 schools (30 students total).
  • Attend trainings related to trauma-informed practices, equity, and resiliency.
  • Establish goals and life action plans and provide guidance and support in reaching them successfully (improving grades, managing stress, getting driver’s permit, etc.).
  • Assist youth in locating community resources to achieve established goals.
  • Attend mentor/mentee group events, community service activities and potential program recognition events.
  • Maintain an informal log of weekly interaction with mentee and maintain consistent contact with Clackamas Youth Intervention Services Manager.
  • Provide monthly and quarterly reports with numbers of youth and families served as well as narrative of monthly activities.

Other Job Duties:

  • Consistently maintain daily schedule, utilizing Microsoft Outlook calendars.
  • Write weekly report of duties and accomplishments and submit weekly to Clackamas Youth Intervention Services Manager.
  • Administer and report on client satisfaction surveys. Administer and collect pre and post program surveys.
  • Attend assigned trainings and educational/community meetings.
  • Develop relationship and maintain effective communication with Site Coordinator, youth, teachers, counselors, administrators and parents to provide referral linkages and follow up.
  • Weekly case management updates; create checklist/data base to use each week. Maintain a weekly log documenting hours and tasks, and will periodically review it with the supervisor and advisory committee to adjust focus if necessary.
  • Provide case files to Clackamas Youth Intervention Services Manager for review at the end of each quarter.
  • Facilitate an atmosphere conducive to academic success and positive social skills.
  • Perform tasks at the discretion of the supervisor and conduct other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

  • BA or BS in behavioral health field preferred
  • Experience working with youth and families
  • Bi-cultural, bilingual English and Spanish preferred but not required
  • Accountable, flexible, self-directed, organized
  • Able to work independently and take direction
  • High energy, works well with others, can work as part of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively with youth and adults
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable car, and current and adequate automobile insurance
  • Available for occasional travel with some evening and weekend work

Additional Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Reliable, dependable, and accountable; follows through on commitments.
  • Enjoys working with youth and has ability to relate well with them.
  • Ability to create a safe, enjoyable and comfortable rapport with youth.
  • Passion for advocating for the success of mentee.
  • Excellent communication skills; responsible and committed listener, encourager and cheerleader.
  • Commitment to maintain appropriate confidentiality as outlined by NWFS guidelines.
  • Ability to pass criminal background check.

Working Conditions

Work is performed typically in a school environment and requires frequent and lengthy standing, speaking in a loud voice, and ability to lift at least 30 pounds. May work some evenings and an occasional weekend. Requires use of personal vehicle to drive to and from home base agency and individual Clackamas schools throughout the week, with mileage expense reimbursed monthly.

Hourly wage: Starting at $19

Submit cover letter, resume, and job application (found at www.nwfs.org/images/stories/Employment_Application.pdf)

to:

Northwest Family Services

6200 SE King Rd

Portland, OR 97222