Youth Mentor – SYEP DACA program

Youth Mentor – SYEP DACA program

Summary: This position is responsible for providing program, administrative and youth supports. Youth mentors will develop and assist youth participants in project-based learning activities focused on the Dream Act and Community Education and will be responsible for ensuring that CPS high school-aged youth have a safe, productive and transformative summer learning experience. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or GED attainment required. Bachelor's degree preferred. Minimum of 2 years experience working with youth in a school-based or out-of-school time program is required.
  • Other Skills and Qualifications: Excellent communication skills and leadership skills.
  • Certifications, Licenses, Registrations: None
  • Background Check: Background check/clearance is required.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as policy/procedure manuals, operating and maintenance instructions. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following competencies.

  • Positive Youth Development – Possess an understanding and apply the tenets of positive youth development in summer programming.
  • Job Knowledge – Knowledge of resume preparation, specifically for individuals with little or no work history.
  • Initiative and Time Management – Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, manage time and complete projects in a fast-paced, changing environment with minimal supervision.
  • Listening/Problem Solving – Ability to give full attention to what others are saying, asking appropriate questions to clarify as necessary. Ability to effectively utilize strength-based assessments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Recruits and orients youth participants for summer program
  • Provides intake for youth participants
  • Ensures safety of youth at all times during programming
  • Develops curriculum with guidance from Program Supervisor
  • Collects timesheets and distributes youth stipend payroll
  • Plans and delivers job readiness, career exploration and college awareness lessons to youth
  • Effectively coordinates activities with program and community partners including CPS amongst others
  • Maintains participant files and organizational database to include all participant's notes as required by program or contract guidelines, as well as demographic and employment information as needed. Strong attention to detail is required.
  • Completes all required paperwork in a neat and timely manner and in accord with program guidelines.
  • Accompanies youth participants on field trips and recreational activities
  • Assists youth in completing green-industry focused project based activities and helps plan activities
  • Assists youth particpants in overcoming barriers to successful program completion

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