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Mentoring for Hope Program- MercyFirst

Brooklyn, NY
Joined in August 2016

About Us

MercyFirst’s  Mentoring for Hope Program connects foster care adolescents of ages 14 to 21 with caring and responsible adults who can serve as supportive role models through a one on one relationship with their mentees. The purpose of this program is to develop supportive and positive relationships that contribute to the achievement of personal, social, and educational or professional growth and preparing for the future.

Job description: Responsibilities of Foster Care Youth Mentor (volunteer, non-paid opportunity)

  • Responsible for meeting with the assigned mentee at least once a month at an agreed location
  • Serve as an example/role model
  • Act as a resource and guide
  • Work closely with agency staff through phone contact, personal conferences and group meetings
  • Accept and relate to youth who may not share the volunteer’s lifestyle and values
  • Respect the mentee’s right to self-determination and independence

Mentor Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Willing spirit
  • Openness to cultural differences
  • Good listening skills
  • Patience
  • Sense of humor
  • Commitment
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility

All volunteers must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Commit to a 1 year of service
  • Have earned a high school diploma
  • Submit an application, 3 forms of reference, and all other inquired information
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Successfully complete an interview for a mentor position with MercyFirst’s Youth Development Program

Benefits for Mentors:

  • Training in communication and conflict resolution skills, the   role of a mentor, diversity training and youth development.
  • Insight into the life of a youth and youth culture
  • A fun way to give back to the community

Matching Process:

Matches will be made on the basis of interests, skills, background, knowledge and temperament of both the young person and the mentor.

For more information, contact Shajida Mcnab at smcnab@mercyfirst.org

MercyFirst’s  Mentoring for Hope Program connects foster care adolescents of ages 14 to 21 with caring and responsible adults who can serve as supportive role models through a one on one relationship with their mentees. The purpose of this…

Areas of Focus Include

  • Children & Youth
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Education
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Volunteering

Location

  • 6301 12th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219
    Brooklyn, NY

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