Under the supervision of the Volunteer and Program Managers, the mentor helps create a safe, welcoming environment where the client will feel comfortable. The mentor will be expected to develop a relationship with the participant and provide general support to the person with whom they are paired.
The mentor position will vary based on the individual needs of the participant, but can include the following:
- Attending community events, such as museums, fairs, street festivals, concerts, etc.
- Being an active listener and providing support and encouragement when appropriate.
- Phone conversations after a difficult day at work or school.
- Sharing a meal together
- Assisting with resume compilation
- Practicing for job interviews
- Tutoring or homework help
- Connecting participant with other supports within the community, if appropriate
- Meet with participant for 2-3 hours, monthly for a minimum of one year
- Check in with participant weekly via phone or text
- Check in with volunteer coordinator or trafficking specialist assigned to the case monthly or any time there is a significant change in behavior, situation, or relationship with the participant
- Honor all commitments made to the participant
- Recognize role as a mandated reporter and report any problematic issues to the volunteer coordinator or trafficking specialist and DCFS or Elder Abuse
- Must be sensitive to and work appropriately with culturally and socio-economically diverse client populations.
- Experience with computer processing programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel, and Adobe.
- Ability to assess immediacy of need and provide appropriate referrals and contacts.
- Minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
Prior to participating in this function within the STOP-IT team, you will be required to complete the following:
- Volunteer application
- Background check
- Two 15-30 minute interviews
- Volunteer training seminar
- 3-5 minute video to be screened by potential mentees
Email the organizer with questions. Here is information on how to register for the next training session, held on 3/3/18 AND 3/10/18 from 8:30am-4:30pm. Both days are required to volunteer with the STOP-IT Program. Please contact STOP-IT@usc.salvationarmy.org for more information.
- Crisis Intervention
- Life Coaching
- Relationship Building
- Spiritual Healing
- Career Counseling / Coaching
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 4-5 hours monthly
- Volunteer training required--next training 3/3 AND 3/10 (8:30am-4:30pm)