Mentor Coordinator – Part Time Intern (DREAM’s High School Programs)
Mentor Coordinators are part of the M² Guided Mentoring program, a two-tiered, cross-age Mentor-in-Training program that provides high school students with the tools, resources, and confidence to provide mentorship to elementary school-aged youth. Throughout their experience, Mentor Coordinators serving in a part time capacity provide mentorship and guidance to high school students, both in and out of the classroom.
The DREAM Program is committed to dismantling systems of oppression that affect our youth and families. This organizational commitment means that members should join this space with an intention of learning, unlearning, and diving into ways that your involvement will directly contribute to DREAM’s mission of reducing the Opportunity Gap while also supporting the dismantling of other systemic inequities. We seek members who contribute to The DREAM Program’s diverse community, as having different perspectives, identities, and skills are what allow us to excel in our service. DREAM seeks members who are ready to engage in and foster an inclusive environment, and who strive to deliver culturally appropriate and relevant programming to the youth we serve. Incoming members and staff should understand that we serve marginalized communities, which means that it is imperative that diversity, equity, and inclusivity are infused into every aspect of our work as an organization.
Objectives of Service as a Mentor Coordinator:
- Foster a bonded, positive, and supportive community of high school aged mentors, elementary aged mentees, parents, and community partners.
- Build unique relationships with each of your high school mentees.
- Ensure each high school mentor is prepared, trained and ready to provide a safe and culturally appropriate experience to elementary school aged mentees.
- Ensure DREAM high school mentors have a strong handle on the four curriculum themes: mentoring, identity, meaning & purpose, and sense of place.
- Facilitate development of DREAM high school mentors’ organizational and time management skills.
- Ensure DREAM youth and families have agency over their DREAM experience.
The Experience of Service as a Mentor Coordinator:
- Person-to person communication and support, both in person and potentially online, will be a major component of successful service.
- The Mentor Coordinator will communicate monthly, at minimum with caregivers, weekly with mentors, and quarterly through a local advisory board meeting.
- Commitment to the entire service term.
- Commitment to the mission of AmeriCorps and DREAM.
- Desire to enhance existing skills and develop new skills necessary for service.
- Commitment to serve as a role model for youth.
- A passion for supporting the ongoing work around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
- A dedicated room/space to supplement completing your service that is not at a DREAM-supported site.
- An internet connection capable of easily handling Google Workspace apps and specifically, a Google Hangout/Meet.
- Access to resources necessary to support your telework/service experience (electrical power outlet to keep devices charged, reliable wifi connection that can connect with our cloud-based softwares).
- Ability to regularly meet in person with your team or your service assignment in their assigned location (including responsibility for transportation to and from).
- Access to a reliable phone.
- Must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.A. due to AmeriCorps requirements.
- Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service OR be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program
- Have a high school diploma or its equivalent OR not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant (and must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to using the education award) OR obtain a waiver from the Corporation OR be enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis
- Members must agree to the following Criminal History Checks to be performed in order to serve as an AmeriCorps Member: NSOPW (Public Sex Offender) Check, Statewide Criminal Repository Checks (for State of Service and State of Residence), and FBI fingerprint-based Criminal History Check. The member is aware that that their identity must be verified with a government-issued photo ID. The results of these checks will be kept confidential, but could affect eligibility to serve in AmeriCorps.
- Valid driver’s license and insurance
- College Degree and/or Post Secondary Education Certification or Training.
- 18+ years old with a clean driving record
- Youth one-on-one and group facilitation experience
- Interest and investment in youth development
- Ability to work as a member of a team
- Commitment to holding unconditional positive regard for DREAM youth
DREAM AmeriCorps Benefits:
- Living Stipend of $3876.89 provided to you in biweekly payments of $184.61.
- AmeriCorps members are also eligible for (based on total annual income):
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (food stamps)
- Child care assistance
- Student loan deferment (forbearance)
- Other publicly-funded benefits, such as heating and utility assistance.
- Upon the completion of the service term, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive the Segal Education Award, which can be used to pay education expenses or repay qualified student loans. For completing a 300 hour term, you will receive $1342.86.
- As an AmeriCorps member at DREAM, you will have the additional support of a DREAM AmeriCorps Director to help you navigate your service term and apply for publicly funded programs.
- If you engage in work-related travel outside of a commute, DREAM will provide reimbursement for mileage.