Professional Mentor - "Friend"
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, salaried, 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 Western Montana Chapter.
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. These values align with the Indigenous extended kinship model and worldview that children are sacred. As a Friend you will nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally informed practices. Do you want to help rural and Indigenous 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.
We are currently seeking a mentor for our Childhood program (Kindergarten to 5th Grade) to serve as a positive adult role model to eight elementary 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, while also building trusting supportive relationships with parents/caregivers. 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.
- Develop and sustain a long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationship with each child
- Spend time with children, one-on-one
- Partner with parents/caregivers to provide concrete and social emotional supports for the family
- 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 identity development
- 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 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
- 2 or 4-Year Degree and minimum two-years of experience working with children
- Willingness to commit for a minimum of three years
- Connection/experience with Indigenous culture and lifeways
- Deepen cultural connections for youth through incorporating Indigenous knowledge in programming
- Understand and model the Indigenous concept of “being a good relative”
- Experience working with children in rural, frontier or tribal communities
- Advocate to secure additional resources, opportunities, and services for youth as appropriate
- Basic knowledge of Indigenous historical trauma and trauma/healing informed practices
- Assist with systems navigation in schools to secure conditions for optimal academic success
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings
- Ability to work respectfully with sovereign tribal nations, tribal departments, and tribal communities
- Ability to develop trusting relationships with children, families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life
- 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
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