Youth Mentor

Posted by

Prevention Is Key, Inc.

Published 18 days ago

December 1, 2020
November 30, 2020

Organizational Background

Prevention is Key is a private non-profit charitable organization dedicated to empowering every individual we serve to live a healthy lifestyle. We deliver a holistic and person-centric, public-health approach to the prevention of substance use and the provision of recovery supports that are focused on empowering the community, neighbors, friends and family members to strive for a life of good health and wellbeing.


Through a federal grant awarded by the Office of Justice Programs, Prevention Is Key (PIK) will provide an innovative mentoring program for 100 youth between the ages of 11 and 17 who are currently abusing or have abused opioids, youth who are at high risk for using opioids and youth with family members who are currently abusing or have abused opioids. This three (3) year group mentoring program will provide social and emotional support; increase understanding of systems navigation; develop networks and informal supports; and increase resilience in its participants. PIK is seeking applicants to fill two full time mentoring positions for this project.

The Major Role of the mentor is to serve as a positive role model for youth who have been affected by opioids or other drug use as they mature mentally, physically, and emotionally into adulthood.

Specific Duties:

• To develop a relationship with the youth in the aim of providing support, guidance, friendship, positive interaction, exposure to positive activities, opportunities to learn life skills and positive problem solving skills.

• Work as a team with the Program Coordinator and other team mentors to help establish a trusting and dependable relationship that can place the youth on a positive path to success.

• To assist youth in further developing his or her daily life skills such as self-confidence, self-esteem, academic excellence and moral values.

• To enable and help youth learn how to help him or herself and encourage him or her to make his or her own decisions and take responsibility for them.

• Demonstrate good character, emotional stability, and a responsible adult life style free from use of alcohol and use of illegal drugs before and while in the presence of youth.

• Commit to meeting with youth once weekly for a year

• Attend orientation and training sessions and ongoing workshops.

• Return completed Monthly Activity Report/Time Sheets to the Program Coordinator in a timely manner.

• Participate in special program functions, i.e., banquets, picnics, award ceremonies, monthly site activities, etc.

• Promptly inform Program Coordinator of problems, needs, or concerns related to youth.

• Other duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology or other social science preferred.

• One year of professional experience in social work, mental health counseling or a related field, preferably with a community-based organization.

Other Qualifications:

• Experience working with community resources and social services in New Jersey, preferably in the community where the candidate is applying

• Experience working with and/or supporting vulnerable populations, such as communities who have experienced systemic oppression and bias (e.g. people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, justice involved persons, etc.)

• Ability to speak, read, and write English; fluency in languages other than English is advantageous

• Ability to exhibit a professional, positive attitude and work ethic

• Ability to show empathy and be nonjudgmental

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact professionally with people from diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds

• Strong organizational and time management skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

• Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism

• Equally comfortable working individually and within a team environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration

Prevention Is Key Core Competencies for All Staff

• Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives their performance and professional motivations.

• Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.

• Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources through meaningful engagement.

• Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.

• Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the organization.

Prevention is Key, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Background check required

Interested candidates should respond by November 30, 2020 with resume and cover letter to:

Organizational Background

Prevention is Key is a private non-profit charitable organization dedicated to empowering every individual we serve to live a healthy lifestyle. We deliver a holistic and person-centric, public-health…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in English required, Spanish helpful

Fluency in English required, Spanish helpful


1 Bank Street, Suite 202, Rockaway, NJ 07866

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite jobs and get email alerts when new ones are posted.