Youth Group Mentor

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ORGANIZATION: Simpson Housing Services, Inc.

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The Youth Group Mentoring Program is a space where young people, in partnership with
supportive adults and with each other, build on their inherent strengths and capacity for
leadership. Adult volunteers commit to being in relationship with a small group of young
people in order to support their learning, exploration, and development. Mentors become part
of these young people’s network of support as they pursue personal and collective goals and
grow into active participants in civic and community life.

Mentor Role
Mentors will work in pairs with a small group of 3-5 young people between the ages of 12 and
18, with whom they will attend weekly programming. Exact programming dates are to be
determined, however, mentors commit to a relationship with their group September-June.

Mentors work together to support young people in the following ways:
* Build an ongoing supportive relationship by participating in both small- and large-group
activities with 3-5 young people in grades 7-12
* Facilitate conversations and activities with their mentees
* Manage group dynamics to ensure that each young person has opportunities for growth
and connection in a safe and supportive environment
* Act as guide, cheerleader, and sounding board during projects, empowering young
people to take the lead in their own learning
* Serve as a positive role model and friend
* Recognize and focus on the unique strengths of each mentee
* Attend bi-monthly outings
* Provide transportation to field trips and group meetings
* Take the lead on communicating with young people’s parents/guardians in order to
coordinate schedules and logistics related to programming

Time Commitment
* Attend weekly 90-minute sessions with a small group of adolescents, September
through June; mentors work in pairs and each mentor commits to missing no more than
three meetings in the program year.
* Participate in at least 4 of the 6 outings
* Agree to attend mentor trainings as required, including, but not limited to, a three-hour
program orientation and at least one anti-racism training throughout the year.
* Communicate with mentees weekly.
* Communicate regularly with the program coordinator, including monthly check-ins and
email or phone communication as needed

Mentor Eligibility Requirements
* Be at least 21 years of age
* Be willing to adhere to all Simpson Mentoring Program policies and procedures
* Commit to all Simpson values, including a commitment to personal and systemic antiracist work
* Complete and pass the screening procedure
* Be willing to communicate regularly with the program coordinator and submit monthly
meeting and activity information
* Have access to an automobile or reliable transportation
* Have a current driver’s license, auto insurance with acceptable level of coverage, and
good driving record
* Have a clean criminal history
* Have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation

* Willing listener
* Ability to notice strengths and maintain an attitude of hope in the midst of challenges
* Encouraging and supportive
* Patient and flexible; willing to try new things and make and learn from mistakes
* Open and respectful of individual differences
* Reliable and consistent

* Opportunity to build authentic connections with community and individuals
* Enjoyment and learning that comes with building a relationship with a young people
* Training around positive youth work, homelessness issues, anti-racism and more
* Mentor/mentee group activities, complimentary tickets to community events,
participation in group celebration of time in the program
* Personal ongoing support and supervision to help the match succeed

Application and Screening Process
Written application
* Driving record check
* Criminal history check: national, child abuse and neglect registry, sexual offender
* Personal interview
* Provide three personal references
* Attend four-hours of mentor training

For more information, contact Simpson’s Mentoring Program at

We are committed to building a diverse group of mentors. Mentors of all races, ethnicities,
gender identities, sexual/romantic orientations, religions, dis/abilities, and socioeconomic
statuses are encouraged to apply. The majority of our families are BIPOC (Black,
Indigenous, and People of Color) and members of these communities are especially
encouraged to apply.

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About Simpson Housing Services, Inc.


160 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405, US

Mission Statement

To house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness.


We know that with close, individual advocacy and support, men, women and families experiencing homelessness achieve housing stability.

We are committed to Housing First: house people quickly, then provide services as needed.

We operate over 20 programs for three distinct groups of participants:

  • shelter programs for single adults without children
  • housing programs for single adults without children
  • housing programs for families with children


Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
Race & Ethnicity
Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Race & Ethnicity


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Simpson Housing ServicesMinneapolis, MN 55404



  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • People Skills
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Relationship Building
  • Reading / Writing




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Meet with mentee once per week for 1 year
  • SHS is committed to building a diverse, committed group of mentors for our young people.

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