Desire to provide positive mentoring to at-risk youth.
Able to discuss difficult issues (sexuality, drug and alcohol use, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, homelessness, survival sex, etc.) with adolescents in an open, nonjudgmental, constructive manner.
Able to put personal religious values into perspective, and to meet the youth where they are, exercising unconditional positive regard.
Able to always hold self to the highest standards of personal behavior and MGP requirements.
Able to set up and maintain positive, healthy personal boundaries.
Able to deal with less-than-positive outcomes.
Able to accept people who are a part of or allies to the LGBT community.
Possesses good interpersonal and communication skills.
Willing to work under strict MGP guidelines and supervision, to accept a 2 month probationary period, and to submit to regular evaluations.
Willing to participate in a weekly debriefing session with other volunteers and supervisors after each program evening and to be transparent with the group about experiences and feelings regarding direct youth work.
Basic Job Description: Direct Youth Worker attends weekly MGP Youth Night, interacting with homeless youth in a positive, respectful manner during a variety of activities.
This position involves direct contact with Youth and requires a background check.
Attend initial training sessions and continuing education sessions up to twice yearly.
Closely read and follow the material in the MGP Policies and Procedures Manual.
Notify Executive Director at least 48 hours in advance of a schedule cancellation.
Eat meal with youth, family-style.
Informally interact with youth as an adult mentor.
Encourage youth attentiveness and mutual respectfulness.
Participate in evening’s social/creative activity.
Help to facilitate group discussions.
Be willing to listen, without judgment, to whatever the youth are dealing with.
Refrain from imposing personal religious beliefs, ethics, or morals on the youth.
Participate in post-program debriefing session.
Position Time Requirement:
Minimum 10 hours per month for minimum of one year.
5 hours for program evening shifts (5:45pm - 10pm), at least twice monthly.