Professional Mentor "Friend" - Tampa Bay (Pinellas County)

Tampa, FL

Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is impacting generational change by empowering youth through relationships with professional mentors. We do this by providing children facing the most obstacles with a long-term, paid, professional mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12+ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking an extraordinary professional to embark on a new career journey as a Friend at our Tampa Chapter.  The successful candidate has experience in living and working in a racially, culturally and economically diverse community. 

At Friends of the Children we put children first and use our values to change the way the world treats and views youth facing great barriers. As a Friend you will nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. Do you want to help our youth discover their limitless potential, by fostering their internal resiliency?  Are you ready to help build relationships within the communities of our youth and families to strengthen social networks and provide bridges to new opportunities?  If so, the impactful role of a Friend might be for you.   

Job Description: 

We are currently seeking a full-time mentor to serve as a positive adult role model to male elementary school children and develop loving, caring, and sustained relationships with each child. For each child, a Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote each child’s strength, talents, and abilities; help ensure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior. A Friend will fully document activities and participate in the ongoing evaluation process. Friends will work primarily one-on-one with their children. A Friend must know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function. 

Essential responsibilities: 

  • Develop and sustain a long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationship with each child   
  • Spend time with children, one-on-one 
  • Set realistic expectations and goals based on each child’s strengths, talents, abilities, and needs 
  • Teach life skills and help develop a talent/skill/area of interest with each child 
  • Provide enrichment resources and activities that include opportunities for cultural awareness 
  • Develop positive relationships with families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life 
  • Reinforce basic academic skills 
  • Maintain a 40-hour work schedule that includes afternoons, evenings, and some weekends (normal working days are Monday through Fridays with occasional weekends required) 
  • Maintain spending within budgetary guidelines Complete, distribute, and collect time summaries, activity journals, short-term plans, expense reports, and evaluations materials accurately and in a timely manner 
  • Attend and actively participate in team meeting and staff functions 
  • Maintain First Aid/CPR certification 
  • Provide information and support to the development and executive team on related activities 
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested 

Additional qualifications: 

  • Two-year experience working with children  
  • Willingness to commit for a minimum of three years 
  • Advocate to secure additional resources, opportunities, and services for youth as appropriate 
  • Assist with systems navigation in schools to secure conditions for optimal academic success 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings 
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships 
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player 
  • Ability to manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively 
  • A sense of humor is a plus 


$18.20/HR with the opportunity for performance incentives 

Comprehensive benefit package 




2 or 4-year degree 

Location: Pinellas County  

Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. 

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12+ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne 

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