Mentors Matter

4C Coalition Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

JOB OPENING

Group Mentor Program

Facilitator Job Description

 

The 4C Coalition Mentor Program

The 4C Coalition is a non-profit mentor organization that recruits, trains, and supports people from the community who volunteer to mentor youth involved in the juvenile justice system or at risk of entering the system. The 4C mentor acts as a role model and provides support for youth in SYVPI. The youth we serve reside or attend school in the Southeast, Southwest, or the Central Seattle community.

Position Title and Description

The 4C Group Mentor Program Facilitator will assist the 4C Coalition Mentor Program in carrying out the mission of the 4C Coalition Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) Group Mentoring Program: To help vulnerable youth break the cycle of violence.

This is position supports group mentoring services to youth in SE, SW or Central area of King County. Facilitation is responsible for overseeing group mentoring to Seattle area youth referred by Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. These youth are ages 13-17. Each of the 4C SYVPI sites is held in a designated location which includes Central Area- Yesler Community Center, SE area – Damascus Church and SW area group held at Denny International Middle School.  Areas of responsibility include monitoring referred youth during group mentoring sessions. Communication with 4C staff involved in group mentoring. This position will provide facilitation, and mentoring services to youth in the designated geographical area of SYVPI. The position also is responsible for maintaining relationship with group mentors.

Facilitator’s will implement the 4C group curriculum which includes Pen or Pencil; Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens and Leadship skills.

Assure lesson plan is reviewed in advance.  Review lesson plan with group mentors prior to weekly group. Group mentors will receive the lesson in advance.

Day of group assures youth sign in, assure affirmations or handout materials for the group is available to mentees and mentors. (4C staff will work closely with facilitator as needed)

Hours/Schedule: 4 Hours/week; Central Area – 6:00-7:30; SE Area -5:00-6:30; SW Area 2:00-4:00. Candidate must drive between 4C office /program site on a weekly basis. Curriculum and materials will be maintained in 4C office. 4C does prefer facilitator meet at 4C office to review curriculum and plan. This may be adjusted as coordination is organized.

Salary: Part-time Facilitation $5,000.00 per yr per site. The 4C Coalition recognizes that some employees require the use of a personal vehicle to accomplish their primary job duties and effectively serve their constituencies.  4C will reimburse $20.00 per month for the gas and other incidentals that come from using a personal vehicle.

Skills: Facilitators are strong listeners and presenters, with the ability to elicit feedback and provide salient evaluation. Mental health, social work, community organizing or counseling background is helpful.

Core Responsibilities
The core responsibilities of the Group Mentor Facilitators involve active participation in the development of the Weekly Curriculum. The areas of responsibility follow:

  • Coordinate weekly group at designated site serving a minimum of 12 youth at each site.
  • Lead facilitation of group mentoring.
  • Assist with development and maintaining program curriculum.
  • Collaborate with 4C staff regarding snacks, food for youth.
  • Perform role that reflects safety, security, and health of all mentees and mentors.
  • Assist with planning, implementation, and evaluate group mentor curriculum.
  • Ensure mentors/ mentees sign in to group.
  • Collect sign in sheets after group and place in file.
  • Facilitate or Co-facilitate the groups in one of the areas of the SYVPI Central, SE and SW.
  • Supervise group mentees.

Qualifications:

  • Passion for mission of 4C
  • Self started, independent thinker and planner
  • Facilitation experience
  • High level of integrity and trustworthiness
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness to accommodate flexible schedule
  • WA state driver license
  • Proficient in Microsoft office , Gmail, and Outlook
  • Willingness to undergo a criminal background check and references
  • In accordance with aims of the 4C Mentor Program:
    •Collaborate and establish regular communication with the 4C staff.
    ••Problem solves issues that present as barriers to successful mentee growth.

Send Resume and cover letter to hazelcameron@the4ccoaliton.org

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Maggie Dyer

“A perfect fit for me.”

“I wanted to work with young girls because high school was a difficult time for me. I wanted to help young women learn how to be themselves, and be confident in who they are,” says mentor Maggie Dyer.

Five years ago Maggie attended a United Way presentation about volunteer opportunities. They mentioned mentoring resources listed on their website. Maggie clicked on the 4C Coalition.

“When I saw the 4C mentoring program, I felt like it was perfect for me. I went through the training, and then they matched me with Andrea. We hit it off pretty quickly. She was 15 at that time. I am 10 years older than she is,” reports Maggie.

Andrea’s mother has been in and out of her life and her sister has raised her and her five siblings. Her home life has been rocky at times.

“The cool thing about the 4C is that they don’t want you to be like another parent in the youth’s life. I think I have been able to help and coach Andrea not as an authority figure but more so as a peer: someone Andrea looks up to, who is setting a positive example for her.  I think I’ve been a stable person in Andrea’s life during a time where a young person needs stability the most. It feels good that I am able to be someone she can always count on,” says Maggie.

According to Maggie, Andrea, who is now 19 and a Garfield High School graduate, has always had a good head on her shoulders, and is very smart. “She’s a great girl. What she’s overcome in her life, and the outlook that she has on her life, is fantastic. I can’t really take any credit because she started out being a pretty terrific young lady. She’s even more amazing now.”

“Mentoring Andrea has been an incredible experience. I have gotten to know someone who I now consider family, someone who I would drop anything for. It’s a nice feeling knowing that Andrea feels the same way. We are both very grateful to have found each other through the 4C.”

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