Professional Female Mentor - 2-2017
Friends of the Children – Portland, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving high potential children in our community, has current openings for Professional Mentors. This is a fantastic opportunity to work intensively with youth to develop trusting relationships, set positive expectations, nurture talents and abilities, and teach life and academic skills.
We offer an exceptional early intervention/prevention program focusing on children in high poverty schools and foster care, providing them with professionally trained, paid mentors, called Friends. Friends guide children from kindergarten through high school graduation, in hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty, gang involvement, drug use and violence. A Friend works intensively with youth as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting and sustained relationship with each child.
For each child, a Friend will:
· Set positive expectations.
· Nurture and promote their strengths, talents and abilities.
· Help assure physical and emotional well-being.
· Teach life and academic skills. Provide enrichment activities. Model responsible behavior.
· Friends work both one-on-one and in group settings with each of their children for about four hours per week.
Annual salary $32,000 to $33,000 depending on experience. Friends of the Children offers a comprehensive benefits package for all of our employees including fully paid health insurance, 401(k), including generous time off.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of experience working with youth in poverty. Bilingual/bicultural, second language speaking strongly preferred.
Work hours and the work week are consistent based on the ages of the youth served. Generally, the work week might be Tuesday - Saturday or Monday - Friday with hours generally mid to late morning - early evening.
We provide individualized service to our youth so flexibility is essential. Friends must provide/use own vehicle and insurance, we reimburse for mileage.
We are committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to equity and inclusion in our workplace and community.