App-based Mentoring for First-generation Latino Youth to be Successful and Well

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ORGANIZATION: POSITIVITY OUTWARD

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Positivity Outward created an app that connects high school youth with mentors for success and well-being. Youth are guided to achieve their goals in relationships, habits, mental health, and career exploration. Mentors choose the topics they support, while mentees choose the mentors and topics needed for their goals.

What students will I be mentoring?

Our mentees are low-income, first-generation, Latino high school students in Los Angeles. Most of them have never even talked to someone who went to college, and they are eager to learn from you.

Mentor Role

Your role is to guide students to be successful and well by helping them to reflect through mindful questioning and act through goal setting, while drawing on your personal experiences. Mentees choose their mentors using the information in your profile, which includes tags to represent your strengths and experiences.

Benefits of Mentoring

  • positive impact on student mental health, career clarity, and academic success
  • connection to a community of mentors
  • development of communication, active listening, and conflict resolution skills
  • QPR certification
  • letter of recommendation after 1 semester of mentoring
  • verification of volunteer hours

Mentor Qualifications

  • motivation to share what you've learned from navigating your own challenges (you need to be self-aware and mentor from the heart)
  • understanding of the importance of mental health for academic and career success
  • commitment to personal development and growth (you set an example of progress in your own life while maintaining humility)
  • alignment between volunteering and professional goals (i.e. seeking a letter of recommendation for medical school applications)

Training Requirements

All mentors complete an interview, a background check, Question Persuade Refer (QPR) training for suicide prevention, and a self-paced orientation that covers topics like building your profile and how to guide reflection and action. PO covers all mentor training costs.

Responsibilities

  • commit to mentoring for at least 6 months
  • respond to mentee messages within 48 hours unless you communicate otherwise with your mentees
  • check-in every two weeks with Positivity Outward either by sending an in-app reflection or attending our Mentor Matters Zoom calls every other week

More opportunities with POSITIVITY OUTWARD

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About POSITIVITY OUTWARD

Location:

2975 Max Ave #1063, BOZEMAN, MT 59718, US

Mission Statement

Positivity Outward empowers youth to be successful and well with near-peer mentors.

Description

Through the Positivity Outward Mentoring App, youth connect to mentors just ahead of their life stage. The mentors guide reflection and action in college and career preparation, life skills, self-discovery, and even mental health. Our mentees choose the mentors they need, create an individual support network, and achieve their unique goals. Our vision is for every youth to have the confidence, self-awareness, and self-management skills needed to find and follow their passions.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Race & Ethnicity
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Race & Ethnicity

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Mental Health

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 19
  • Orientation or Training
  • The self-paced training takes 3-hours total. During mentoring, you respond to messages within 48 hours unless you communicate otherwise with your mentees.
  • To get started, please apply at http://positivityoutward.org/mentor

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