Professional Male Mentor "Friend" - NY
Friends of the Children - New York is currently seeking a male professional mentor (we call them Friends) for our Bronx youth program to serve as a positive adult role model to eight elementary aged boys and develop loving, caring, and sustained relationships with each youth.
A Friend works intensively with eight vulnerable youth. 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. Friends fully document activities and participate in the ongoing evaluation process. Friends will work primarily one-on-one with their youth. 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.
Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of youth who need it most?
The ideal candidate will have:
An bachelor’s degree
Significant experience working with vulnerable youth
Be culturally competent and trauma informed
Superior scheduling and time management skills
Data entry and database management skills
Most of all, be excited about playing a critical role in helping Bronx’ most vulnerable youth change the trajectories of their lives!
Work hours are flexible and will vary depending on the needs of the youth.
Want to know more? Here are the details:
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
Teach healthy habits and basic hygiene to contribute both to development and learning, and to building positive self-esteem;
Facilitate the development of good problem solving and decision making skills, especially related to risky behavior (violence, drug/alcohol use, etc.);
Maintain a 40-hour work schedule that includes afternoons, evenings, and weekends (normal working days are Tuesday through Saturday with Sundays and Mondays off)
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
Two-year experience working with children a plus
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 NYC schools to secure conditions for optimal academic success
Strong interpersonal skills
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
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Strong organizational and time management skills
A sense of humor is a plus
No calls please. Thank you for your interest.
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
English (Bi-lingual Spanish/English a plus)
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
Friends of the Children is committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.
To learn more about Friends of the Children go to: http://friendsnewyork.org/