Mentor a Teen & Join a Community!

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ORGANIZATION: Community for Youth

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Are you a compassionate professional looking to make a lasting impact, get involved in your community, and broaden your horizons? Community for Youth (CfY) is actively seeking mentors like you to join our transformative mentorship program. CfY inspires and supports our high school students to be their best selves through mentorship, learning experiences, and a powerful community.

At CfY, we believe in the power of connection and community. As a mentor, you'll not only act as a valuable resource for students, but also create a safe space where they can bring their best selves. CfY values student voice and choice, meeting students where they are and seeing them as capable, resilient, and powerful.

CfY offers two programs, to better fit the needs and schedules of our participants.

Learning Community

The traditional CfY Learning Community offers 1:1 mentorship, small group mentorship, and whole community mentorship. Learning Community participants commit to 2 hours of volunteering a week for the academic year (October - June), with flexibility as needed and communicated with Staff. Meetings typically occur on Tuesday evenings.
Mentors in the Learning Community will:

  • be paired 1:1 with a student and meet once a month
  • join a "Family Group" of 3-4 other mentoring pairs and meet once a month
  • attend whole Community Workshops once a month
  • attend Mentor training Workshops once a quarter

Duos

Our flexible Duos program focuses on the 1:1 relationship based upon your own schedules. Duos participants commit to meeting twice a month with their match from January - June.
We highly encourage new community members to consider enrolling in the traditional Learning Community program, to experience the power of community and explore different aspects and methods of mentorship.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Reside in the greater Puget Sound region
  • Be willing to adhere to all Community for Youth program policies and procedures and follow the CfY Code of Conduct
  • Have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an excessive or inappropriate manner
  • Not currently be in treatment for substance abuse. If a substance abuse problem has occurred in the past, the applicant must have completed a non-addictive period of at least five years
  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19 and follow CfY guidelines regarding masks and safety

Being a CFY mentor is rewarding, challenging, and fun! You’ll not only provide critical support for an inquisitive, driven young person, but you’ll also build a strong network with fellow mentors.

Let's come together to build a community where students can thrive, explore their true selves, and unlock their full potential. Join us at Community for Youth and be the mentor who creates lasting change.

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About Community for Youth

Location:

1225 South Weller Street, Suite 320, Seattle, WA 98144, US

Mission Statement

Community for Youth's mission is to inspire and support the social, emotional, and academic development of students through mentoring, learning experiences, and a powerful community.

Description

Community for Youth (CfY) is a Seattle-based non-profit with over 35 years of experience changing the lives of teens in South Seattle through 1-on-1 mentorship, community building, and facilitated skills workshops. CfY is not just a mentoring organization-we’re a community. CfY's unique mentorship model has students and mentors meeting weekly in a variety of group sizes, including 1-1, small groups, and whole community workshops.

CfY serves high school students, ages 14-19 from South Seattle communities, who have self-identified as wanting additional support and community in their lives. We receive referrals from school staff as well as conduct general recruitment in schools. All students opt into the program.

CfY offers a mentoring program that steps past traditional mentoring practices and utilizes a "Critical Mentoring" framework that centers the young person, addresses systems and environments that shape young peoples' experiences, and partners with each young person to provide opportunity brokering and social change. We leverage the mentoring relationship to resist racism and oppression and bring equity to our schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, and community.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Race & Ethnicity
Children & Youth, Community, Race & Ethnicity

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Seattle, WA 98144

(47.58458,-122.30365)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Learning Community: 2 hours a week, October to June / Duos: 2-4 hours a month, January to June

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