A KidsPoint Mentor is a caring, responsible adult who serves as a trusted friend and role model to students at KidsPoint’s Before and After School Care sites. Mentors will encourage the development of important academic and life skills and support positive decision making with the youth they work with.
Under the direction of the School Age Kids Director and on-site teachers, KidsPoint Mentors are responsible for assisting School Age Teachers with various tasks to ensure children can gain the essential skills vital to reaching their full potential.
KidsPoint Child Care programs (managed by Waypoint) serve over 500 children daily through three Learning Center & Preschools, eleven before/after school sites, and multiple Summer Day Camps. Providing a warm, welcoming environment to children ages 6 weeks through 12 years-old, KidsPoint instills a love of learning through exploration-driven skill development.
Part-time with flexible hours between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. School year commitments are required with at least 2 hours each week. Quarterly mentor meetings will also be held and attendance is required. KidsPoint follows the Cedar Rapids School District in regards to cancelations, early dismissals, and no school days.
PRINICIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Support Teachers and Assistant Teachers with scheduled activities
Work with children to provide homework support
Serve as a positive adult role model for the children
Maintain a regular volunteer schedule at assigned site
Respect the confidentiality of the students, staff, and families in the program
Maintain regular contact with Volunteer Coordinator and School Age Kids Director
Attend quarterly mentor meetings
Must be at least 18 years-old
Must pass a criminal background check and complete fingerprint documentation
Must complete online Universal Precautions training and review Permissive Reporting training manual
Excellent communication skills
Tolerance and openness to different world views and sensitivity to other cultures and languages
Experience with children is preferred, but not required
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:
Opportunity to serve and share from one’s own life experience
Learn from youths’ experiences that may differ from your own
Develop/grow critical leadership skills
Satisfaction of working with children during formative years of development
To strengthen and empower individuals who are homeless, living in poverty, or victims of domestic violence; and give children access to gaining the essential skills vital to reaching their full potential through quality child care.
Aiding individuals experiencing crisis due to homelessness, poverty, or domestic violence, Waypoint serves as a vital community resource. Throughout its 121-year history, Waypoint has dedicated itself to providing human services that meet the ever-evolving needs of area women, children, and families.