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Youth Advocate and Mentor (two positions)

Job Description

If you have a passion for mentoring children through big challenges, consider this opportunity!

Life Buddies at The Bridge is a Christian mentoring program serving children in Topeka. We are seeking full-time professional Mentors to serve as a positive adult role model to eight children. As a youth mentor, you will develop caring and sustained relationships with each child. Mentors at The Bridge set positive expectations; nurture and promote each child’s strengths, talents, and abilities; help ensure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior. Mentors often work with one or two children at a time, while building supportive relationships with parents/caregivers. A mentor must understand, honor, support, and clearly articulate the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles.

Job details:

  • Flexible, 40-hour work week to include some evening and weekend hours.
  • Work locations are school, office, individual homes, and within the community.

Mentor Duties:

  • Manage caseload of 8-10 children and their families
  • Design and administer a development plan for each child & family.
    • Set realistic goals based on individual strengths, talents, abilities, and needs.
    • Teach life skills and help develop a talent/skill/area of interest with each child.
  • Identify and provide enrichment resources and activities to include cultural awareness.
    • Reinforce basic academic skills.
  • Network with stakeholders, support agencies, and other community partners

 Mentor Essential Responsibilities:

  • The ideal candidate will be willing to make a commitment to serve for three years. Children and youth benefit most when mentorship is consistent and sustained over years.
  • Develop and sustain long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationships with each child.
  • Partner with parents/caregivers to provide concrete and social/emotional supports for the family.
  • Develop positive relationships with families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life.
  • Maintain spending within budgetary guidelines.
  • Complete, distribute, and collect time summaries, activity journals, short-term plans, expense reports, and evaluations materials accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Attend and actively participate in team meetings and staff functions.
  • Provide information and support to the development and executive team on related activities.
  • Advocate to secure additional resources, opportunities, and services for youth as appropriate.
  • Assist with systems navigation in schools to secure conditions for optimal academic success.
  • Additional responsibilities as requested.

Mentor Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent preferred but not required.
  • Two years of experience in caring for children
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings.
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with children, families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and solve problems effectively.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • A good sense of humor.

Salary: $40,000-$45,000

 Benefits: Benefits include a stipend for medical and dental insurance, retirement, and generous paid time off.

Physical Address

The Bridge

1023 SW 8th Ave.

Topeka, KS  66606


If interested please send resume and cover letter to Betsy Tryhus


Bridge Website