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ORGANIZATION: Center for Supportive Communities


We are looking for compassionate, intelligent, motivated, and skilled volunteers to serve as mentors for elementary, middle, and high school students participating in our SupportED program. If you are interested in making meaningful differences for children, youth, and families, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you! Additional clinical, research, and career exploration opportunities are available.

Help us increase school attendance and engagement, divert families from the court system, build skills, repair relationships, inspire our future leaders, build back our schools and community, and prevent more severe issues such as school dropout and juvenile crime. With the help of dedicated and passionate volunteers, we can empower the youth of today for a better tomorrow.

As a SupportED Volunteer Mentor, you will:

  • Maintain a caseload of 1-4 children and youth
  • Conduct 1:1, weekly meetings in the community (virtual mentoring is available)
  • Act as a caring, supportive, stable, and positive role model
  • Assist in homework completion, problem-solving, social-emotional development, skills training, goal setting, and career exploration
  • Implement a reinforcement-based intervention
  • Facilitate weekly communication with the parents and school
  • Monitor weekly attendance and grades
  • Complete weekly documentation and progress reports
  • Attend meetings with program supervisors
  • Present at truancy review hearings with an Assistant District Attorney (if necessary)
  • Uphold our organization's values
  • Maintain a high degree of professionalism with all stakeholders

Additional opportunities (not required):

  • Attend Child in Need of Care hearings with the District Court Judge
  • Attend Review of Disposition Hearings with the District Court Judge or Citizen Review Board
  • Attend IEP and 504 plan meetings with schools
  • Attend disciplinary hearings with schools
  • Attend mental health meetings
  • Research opportunities
  • Data compilation and analysis

Position Dates
You may choose to volunteer during any of the options listed below. Please note that we prefer volunteers who can commit to the entire 2022-2023 school year.

  • Option 1: August 2022 - December 2022 (fall semester)
  • Option 2: January 2023 - May 2023 (spring semester)
  • Option 3: August 2022 - May 2023 (full academic year)

Time Requirements
Note. Mentoring meetings can occur on the weekends

  • 5 hr/week (minimum time commitment)
  • 20 hr/week (maximum time commitment)


  • High school diploma or equivalent degree
  • Skilled in the following:
    • Executive functioning (e.g., organization, planning, self-monitoring, self-control, self-motivation, reliability, consequential thinking, time-management, and task initiation)
    • Interpersonal and social interactions (e.g., emotional intelligence, active listening, empathy, positivity, openness to feedback, social awareness, and social responsiveness)
    • Written and oral communication
    • Leadership
    • Professionalism
    • Advocacy
    • Persistent in reaching out, patient in building trust, and consistent in communicating
  • Cultural competence


  • Background knowledge in a human-service field (e.g., applied behavior analysis, psychology, social work, social welfare, special education, or counseling) or juvenile law
  • Experience working with children, youth, and families
  • Experience tutoring or mentoring children and youth
  • Proficiency in Microsoft(r) Office
Benefits & Perks
  • Quality training, supervision, and hands-on experience
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Training in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Training in relationship development, mentoring, assessment and treatment planning, behavior principles and interventions, parent training, professionalism, ethical and legal responsibilities, and mandated reporting
  • Supervised fieldwork experience
  • Certificate in service-learning
  • RBT, BCaBA, and BCBA supervision available
  • Professional development and networking
  • Opportunity to make meaningful differences for children and youth
  • Opportunity to give back to the community
  • Opportunity to explore potential career paths
  • Opportunity to work with a dedicated (and fun!) team of professionals
  • Letters of recommendation

Application Process
Applicants will be required to:

  1. Complete the application and upload their CV or resume here:
    • An applicant’s CV or resume must include contact information for at least one personal reference.
  2. Pass a comprehensive background check
  3. Complete a health assessment and TB test
  4. Submit a copy of a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance (only for in-person mentoring)
  5. Submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination (only for in-person mentoring)
  6. Complete an interview with the Center for Supportive Communities

Please contact Dr. Kelsey Dachman at with questions or concerns.

More opportunities with Center for Supportive Communities

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Center for Supportive Communities


1331 Strong Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66044, US

Mission Statement

We use behavioral science to create equal opportunities and meaningful change for children, families, and communities. Our main program, SupportED, aims to advance educational equity by infusing resources into the community at no cost to the family or school. Our vision is to create a world where all children and youth receive the care, support, guidance, and education they need to truly thrive in this world.


We use evidence-based practices to keep students from becoming truant and truant students from becoming delinquent by engaging and re-engaging them in school; pairing them with caring adult mentors; teaching them skills for school, interpersonal, and life success; and providing services based on their individual and family needs. We keep kids and families out of the court system and on a positive pathway towards success. We partner with Criminal Justice Services, the District Court, the District Attorney’s Office, the Department for Children and Families, 32 public schools, the University of Kansas, and we hope to partner with YOU! With the help of dedicated and passionate volunteers, we can empower the youth of today for a better tomorrow.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Lawrence, KS 66044



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • You can choose to dedicate anywhere between 5 hours (minimum) to 20 hours (maximum) each week. Mentoring meetings can occur on the weekends.

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