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MENTORS ARE THE HEART OF OUR ORGANIZATION!

Adult Mentors are needed to:

  • Mentor youth ages 7 to 21
  • Support group activities

*Paid mentoring positions are also available through the Mentors Plus Program

Middle School Youth are needed as volunteers to: Mentor pre-school kids

1) VOLUNTEER 2)ACTIVITY VOLUNTEERS  3)PAID MENTORS

Over 40 mentors serve youth ages 7 to 21 in our community, forming the foundation of Chaffee County Mentors and a stronghold of support for youth and families. We have many youth waiting to be matched with a mentor. With a little time, you could make a BIG difference for a child in our community! Download a:

Mentor Application (pdf)Mentor Application (doc)

Mentor Cover Letter (pdf)Mentor Cover Letter (doc)

Application Check list (pdf)  – Application Check list (doc)

Reference Forms (pdf)Reference Forms (doc)

1) VOLUNTEER MENTOR JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Volunteer Adult Mentor

Position Summary: Volunteer Mentors provide a support system and companionship to Chaffee County youth. Mentors develop a relationship with the youth and act as a positive role model. Mentors share everyday activities: playing sports, watching movies, cooking, going over school work, taking walks, volunteering in the community, or just hanging out together. A Mentor can help a child discover a world of possibilities and opportunities by being a genuine friend.

Qualifications: A genuine interest in young people and a willingness to help a child grow

Requirements:

  1. Ability and interest in working with potentially troubled youth
  2. Sensitivity
  3. Commitment to mentorship and to the program for a minimum of one year
  4. At least 21 years of age
  5. Completion of pre-match screening and training
  6. Monthly phone contact with Mentor Program Staff

Hours: Weekly contact with your match totaling at least 12 hours per month; hours are flexible to your personal schedule. We encourage you to attend group activities which are designed to enhance your one-on-one relationship.

Trainings: Pre-match training is required. Mentor Development Trainings are offered quarterly and Mentors are encouraged to attend at least 2 per year. Program Staff are available to handle individual concerns on an as-needed basis.

Benefits: We offer the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child by being involved in an interesting and needed program in Chaffee County. You’ll get to meet great people and have fun out our monthly outings. Our mentor development classes are wonderful learning opportunities. We also offer mentor appreciation dinners, free training opportunities and discounts to local businesses for activities with your mentee.

CALL 719-530-2581 or 719-395-0344 (X204) to find out more

Can’t commit to mentoring but want to be involved?

BECOME A GROUP ACTIVITY VOLUNTEER!

We are all about connecting kids one-on-one with older youth and adults, so we are always in need of extra volunteers for those kids whose mentors or guardians can’t join us on an activity. Volunteers are also needed to help set-up, clean-up, and provide services at activities. Volunteers complete an application, background screening, and orientation. Download an application from the top of the page. (activity application is the same as the mentor’s application).

2) ACTIVITY VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Activity Volunteer

Position Summary: Activity Volunteers provide a support system and companionship to local youth during Chaffee County Mentors’ activities. At group events, Activity Volunteers may help in a number of ways (based on each volunteer’s interest and availability), including: being matched for the day with wait-listed youth and mentees whose mentors cannot make it to the specific activity; supporting logistical tasks like setting and cleaning up; or helping with overall group supervision. Regardless of specific task, all Activity Volunteers support the safety of youth at activities. Some of our activities include: seeing movies, art projects, cooking, taking walks, volunteering in the community, picnics, skiing, bowlsing, and ice skating. An Activity Volunteer offers opportunities for youth who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend CCM activities.

Qualifications: A genuine interest in supporting Chaffee County Mentors’ youth

Requirements:

  1. Ability and interest in working with potentially troubled youth
  2. Sensitivity
  3. Complete an application including personal references
  4. Complete background screening and orientation
  5. At least 21 years of age
  6. Contact before and after activities in which they participate
  7. Be open to learning and have a desire to support youth and families

Hours: Varies monthly

Trainings: Orientation is required. Activity Volunteers are also invited to attend mentor development opportunities.

Benefits: We offer Activity Volunteers a chance to meet great people and have fun (for free) at our monthly outings. Our mentor development classes (in which Activity Volunteers are invited to participate) are wonderful learning opportunities. We also offer appreciation dinners for all volunteers.

CALL 719-530-2581 or 719-395-0344 (X204) to find out more

3) MENTORS+/PAID MENTORING

Paid Mentoring Positions are currently available with Chaffee County Mentors Plus. Mentors+ are matched one-on-one with an adolescent 14 to 21 years of age and meet with their mentee up to 6 hours per week. Job includes weekly supervision and monthly trainings with Mentors Plus Coordinator, Tighe Kayser. Mentors must be at least 21 years of age and have a bachelor’s degree and/or at least 2 years experience working with adolescents. Contact Tighe Kayser for more information: 719-530-2580.

MENTORS PLUS JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Mentor Plus Worker

Position Summary: A Mentor’s Plus Worker provides a support system and companionship to Chaffee County adolescents and their guardians. Mentors+ develop a relationship with the youth and act as a positive role model. Mentors+ work on goal setting with a strengths-based and solution-focused approach. Mentors+ share everyday activities: playing sports, seeing movies, cooking, going over school work, taking walks, volunteering in their communities, or just hanging out together. A Mentor+ can help a youth discover a world of possibilities and opportunities simply by being a genuine friend.

Program Mission Statement: Chaffee County Mentors Plus is committed to helping youth and families in challenging environments break barriers, empower change, and strengthen resiliency through one-on-one mentoring.

Qualifications: Related college degree and/or minimum 2 years experience in working with adolescents

Requirements:

  • Ability and genuine interest in working with youth in at-risk environments
  • Sensitivity
  • Well developed communication and listening skills
  • Commitment to mentorship for a minimum of 8-12 months
  • Experience in working with adolescents
  • Serve as a support and advocate at staff meetings & other professionals involved with the youth
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Bi-weekly group or individual supervision with the Program Manager
  • Participation in monthly and quarterly activities and trainings with FYI.

Hours: Six hours of contact face-to-face with your youth (1 hour includes supervision wkly); hours are flexible to meet your personal schedule, but can adapt to the youth’s needs. We encourage you to attend group activities which are designed to enhance your one-on-one relationship.

Trainings: Pre-match training is required. There will be mentor development trainings and the Chaffee County Mentors+ Manager or Staff will be available to handle individual concerns on an as needed basis.

Benefits: We offer the opportunity to make a difference in the life of an adolescent by being involved in a much needed program in Chaffee County. You’ll get to meet great people and have opportunities for fun at CCM’s and Youth at Crossroads monthly outings. Our mentor development classes and trainings provide wonderful learning opportunities. Mentors will be reimbursed for mileage and activities with their mentee and receive $11/hour compensation for their work.


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Know a local youth that could benefit from some mentoring help?

See our referral form (pdf)