Professional Mentor / "Adolescent Friend Advisor"

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Friends of the Children - New York is currently seeking a female professional mentor (we call them Friends) for our Harlem adolescent program to serve as a positive adult role model to ten to thirteen adolescent girls and develop loving, caring, and sustained relationships with each adolescent.

A Friend works intensively with ten to thirteen vulnerable youth. As a Friend you will set positive expectations; nurture and promote each youth’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 Harlem’s 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:

Essential responsibilities:

  • Develop and sustain a long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationship with each youth
  • Spend time with youth, one-on-one
  • Set realistic expectations and goals based on each youth’s strengths, talents, abilities, and needs
  • Teach life skills and help develop a talent/skill/area of interest with each youth
  • Provide enrichment resources and activities that include opportunities for cultural awareness
  • Develop positive relationships with families, teachers, and others involved in each youth’s life
  • Reinforce basic academic skills
  • Assist youth in acquiring basic job-preparedness skills, including skills related to development of resume, job search, interview, etc., and support assigned youth in Summer Internship Program, or other work-related experience
  • 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

Additional qualifications:

  • Two-year experience working with adolescents 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 youth 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.






English (Bi-lingual Spanish/English a plus)




4-year degree

Fiends 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 NY go to:

Location: Harlem, NY
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