Girls Program Mentor

Job Type

Part Time


Details: $15-$17/hr




2657 S. Lawndale
United States


The Girls Program Mentor will work in New Life Centers of Chicagoland’s Urban Life Skills Program, under the direct supervision of the Mentoring Program Director. 

The Urban Life Skills Program (ULS) is an intensive, community-based mentoring program for youth in the Little Village and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. There are two target demographics of the ULS program: gang-involved youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these two populations allows ULS to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peace-makers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

Position Summary

The Girls Program Mentor is a Part-Time Non-Exempt position 20 hours/wk, and will take place primarily at our Little Village location. The Girls Program Mentor is responsible for one-on-one and group mentoring, as well as logistics of Girls programming and daily program activities. The Girls Program Mentor will demonstrate a commitment to servant-leadership, teamwork, and excellence, as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.  

Job Responsibilities:

·      With team, plans and implements youth outreach and information sessions explaining program opportunities and expectations

·      Assists in coordination and implementation of girls programming in-school and on/off New Life Centers sites

·      Assists in procurement and maintenance of supplies

·      Communicates with key staff, mentees and mentee caregiver(s) to ensure youth safety

·     With team, assures all necessary participant paperwork is complete and submitted on time as requested (ex. sign-in sheets)

·      Maintains positive community partnerships to best support youth engagement

·      Creates relevant lessons and activities for daily programming

·      Guides program planning to accomplish set goals, allowing space for team voice and ideas

·      Communicates with leadership proactively to address program situations needing support

Other Duties as Assigned

·      Attends all weekly staff meetings and quarterly all-staff meetings

·      Attends required trainings as necessary

Required Qualifications:

·      Must become a Mandated Reporter

·      Must pass a background check

·      One-year minimum experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth

·      Cross-cultural competency

·      Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-risk youth

·      Proficient in Microsoft Word. Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties

·      Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information

·      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

·      Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally

·      Ability to travel locally with youth

Desired Qualifications:

·      Minimum High School Diploma or GED

·      Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred

·      Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record; subject to driving background check

Level of Language Proficiency

English/Spanish bilingual required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Irene Vasquez, Director of Central Services, at

·      Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

·      Resume

·      List of two to three references with contact information; minimum one professional and one personal (email and phone included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, "Girls Program Mentor " in the subject line of your email.