Calling all Superheroes: Skilled Youth Mentors near Douglas County, Kansas!

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Recruiting Organization: Center for Supportive Communities Inc.

Center for Supportive Communities Inc., an organization dedicated to using behavioral science to create equal opportunities and meaningful change, is looking for 2024-25 Skilled Youth Mentors to work with students in Douglas County, Kansas!

Want to help at-risk children and youth get back on track toward success?

Interested in using behavioral science and mentorship to change lives?

Think you can help young people get to where you are today?

Need quality supervision and training?

Looking for experience working with children, youth, families, schools, mental health agencies, and the legal system?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then this is a PERFECT opportunity for you! Apply now to be a 2024-24 SupportED Behavior Support Mentor and work with Douglas County truant elementary, middle, and high school students who are at risk of falling behind and dropping out of school. Join our TEAM in tackling our nation's educational crisis. Help us infuse evidence-based practices in Douglas County to ensure students have equal opportunities to attend school and receive an education.

Position Dates
  • August 2024 - May 2024 (full academic year)
Time Requirements

Note. Mentoring meetings can occur on the weekends.

You must commit to 10, 15, or 20 hours each week.

Position Description

Are you interested in empowering young people by helping them get to where you are at today? Make a difference by being a mentor! We are looking for compassionate, intelligent, motivated, and skilled individuals to mentor elementary, middle, and high school students participating in our SupportED program. Additional clinical, research, and career exploration opportunities are available.

Center for Supportive Communities is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation in Lawrence, KS, and our SupportEDprogram has been helping Douglas County children, youth, and families for over 40 years! SupportED is a diversion program for truant students attending school in Douglas County. Did you know that all Kansas children ages 7-17 are required by law to attend school and, if they don’t attend school, are subject to court involvement? We keep truant children and families out of court by pairing them with a caring adult mentor. But we can’t do it alone. We partner with Criminal Justice Services, the District Court, the District Attorney’s Office, Department for Children and Families, 32 public schools, the University of Kansas, and we hope to partner with YOU! Help us increase school attendance and engagement, divert families from court, 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. Responsibilities
  • Maintain a caseload of 2-4 children and youth
  • Assist with intake and assessments
  • Conduct 1:1 weekly meetings in the community, 1.5 hours per student
  • Act as a caring, supportive, stable, and positive role model
  • Teach skills, provide academic support, and a with problem-solving and goal setting
  • Implement individualized evidence-based intervention
  • Collaborate weekly with the families and school
  • Serve as a liaison between families, schools and the community
  • Collaborate as needed with mental health providers, child protective service workers, assistant district attorneys, and other allied health professionals.
  • Complete weekly documentation and progress reports
  • Attend meetings with program supervisors
  • Present at truancy review hearings with an Assistant District Attorney (if necessary)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent degree
  • Good academic standing
  • Valid driver's license and car insurance
  • Reliable transportation to and from weekly meetings
  • Strong interpersonal and social interactions (e.g., emotional intelligence, active listening, empathy, positivity, openness to feedback, social awareness, and social responsiveness)
  • Persistent in reaching out, patient in building trust, and consistent in communicating
  • Background knowledge in a human-service field (e.g., applied behavior analysis, psychology, social work, social welfare, special education, or counseling) or juvenile law
  • Proven experience working with children, families, and schools
  • Cultural Competence
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Benefits & Perks
  • Eligible for course credit with University of Kansas (ask a faculty member to sponsor your hours or enroll in LA&S 490/EPSY 575: Internship Exploration)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (AmeriCorps members only)
  • Tailored experiences that meet your interests, career goals, and educational requirements
  • Flexible schedule that aligns with your academic calendar
  • Networking with the top human service and legal agencies in Kansas
  • Training in evidence-based best practices
  • Direct clinical experience with children, youth, and families
  • Career exploration and professional development
  • Quality reference or letter of recommendation
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Research opportunities (upon request)
  • Website and social media recognition
  • ...and more!
Application Process
  1. Complete our online application HERE.
  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
  5. Complete an interview with Center for Supportive Communities
JOIN OUR TEAM! Questions? Email us at:

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