Elementary Age Youth Advocate/Professional Mentor

Job Type

Full Time




555 Amory St.
United States


Friends of the Children-Boston

Elementary-Aged Youth Advocate (Friend)

Friends of the Children - Boston is a veteran site of a growing national mentoring organization. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who are the most vulnerable by providing professional mentors to thousands of youth across the country. We employ trained, full-time professional mentors. We call them “Friends”; to provide a stable, caring and sustainable relationship in each child’s life for 12 ½ years, no matter what.

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of children who need it most?

We will hire an extraordinary individual who is looking to develop intensive, long-term, trusting relationships with children who need it most. A Friend will work with eight children and will:

  • Set positive expectations
  • Nurture and promote the child’s individual strengths, talents and abilities
  • Help assure physical and emotional well-being
  • Teach life and academic skills
  • Provide enrichment activities
  • Model responsible behavior
  • Simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner
  • Be an active teammate for fellow professional mentors


Friends will spend approximately four hours per week with each child and will report directly to the Clinical Lead Program Manager.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • Significant experience working with vulnerable youth
  • Be culturally competent and trauma informed
  • Have a love for community and youth development
  • Superior scheduling and time management skills
  • Data entry and database management skills




If you join us:


  • You will join a growing high performing non-profit organization as a integral part of the team
  • You’ll be part of a dynamic and supportive national network, with a proven, evidence-based mentoring model.
  • You’ll have new challenges daily, and we commit to support you in every way, to help you serve our kids and to keep your batteries charged.
  • You’ll be part of a friendly and collaborative workplace, where work-life balance is respected.
  • Most of all, you’ll play a critical role in helping Boston’s most vulnerable children change the trajectories of their lives!


This is an entry level position with opportunity for professional development immediately and ongoing.  Work hours are flexible and will vary depending on the needs of the youth. Friends must provide their own child-safe vehicle and insurance.

If you are this amazing person, here’s what we have to offer:

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience

Benefits: Full benefits with mileage reimbursement

Friends of the Children is committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.  

If you are interested please email us your resume and salary requirements at hiring@friendsboston.org

Friends of the Children-Boston provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.


We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our intense investment includes: • Competitive salaries • Medical and dental insurance with up to 90% employer contribution • 401 (K) • Generous time off including 20 PTO days/year to start and 11 organizational holidays. • Individual, local, regional and national training • A commitment to developing leaders from within the organization. • An organizational culture that supports staff well-being and self-care • Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve

Level of Language Proficiency

  1. Associate’s degree required, Bachelor's degree preferred
  2. Prior experience in the field of education, social work, youth development and school based programs strongly encouraged to apply
  3. Men of color strongly encouraged to apply
  4. Spanish, Haitian Creole, and or Cape Verdean Creole language skills a plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please submit resume and cover letter to hiring@friendsboston.org

Please include salary requirements in cover letter.