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King County Youth Service Center 1211 E Alder St
Seattle, WA 98122
Goal of the Position: To develop relationships with youth that are involved with incarceration that will promote positive relationships, development, and decision-making.
Role: The mentor’s role is to support a variety of mentees by:
- Empowering them to resolve current issues and to develop coping strategies for the future.
- Provide a model for a healthy, trusting relationship through clear communication and setting appropriate boundaries.
- Acknowledging their strengths, talents and gifts and encouraging them to find ways to use them.
- Be an active listener and offer support and encouragement when appropriate.
- Complete application process, consisting of application, references, interview, background checks and volunteer training.
- Monthly supervision reports to the Program Coordinator.
- Maintain confidentiality of participants.
- Clear communication with the youth, staff and Program Coordinator.
- Meet a variety of youth and provide a listening presence focused on co-creating a session together.
- Willingness to provide emotional, social, and practical support within limits.
- Knowledge of one’s boundaries and ability to set limits with others.
- Recognition that all people have strengths and they need to discover and use them.
- Completed background check and training.
- One year commitment
- 4-6 hours a month of dependable,
weekly contact including learning and playful activities
- King County Detention Center
- A mentor is not to bring a mentee to his/her home.
- Monthly supervision reports provided to the Program Coordinator.
- Monthly trainings provided by the Program Coordinator (both synchronous and asynchronous and allowing for summer vacation)
- Individual meetings with Program Coordinator when necessary.
- Make a difference in the life of youth.
- Learn about yourself, personal growth.
- Give back and contribute to the community.
- Have fun!