Volunteer Mentors connect with young people age 19-24 who have government care experience through our online messaging platform to provide support and guidance on all things ‘adulting’ related. Support and guidance could be answering ‘How do I cook a turkey?’ to ‘How do I apply for university?’ and everything in between.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Adhere to the policies and standards of the Fundementors pilot project, Options Community Services and the Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition, as established in policy and procedure manuals, Health and Safety Guidelines, job descriptions, written memos, and verbal agreements.
2. Adhere to the guiding principles of the Fundementors program and the Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition.
3. Ensure appropriate emotional, mental and physical boundaries with the program participants are maintained.
4. Provide program participants with the support and guidance needed to develop practical life skills on an as needed basis.
5. Provide program participants with support and guidance regarding career and educational issues on an as needed basis.
6. Provide program participants with support and guidance regarding relationships, spirituality, identity and community on an as needed basis.
7. Acknowledge when interactions with program participants are beyond the scope of their role and defers to Program Coordinator for support.
8. Participate in monthly follow up meetings with Program Coordinator.
9. Provide both written and verbal feedback regarding all aspects of the program on an as needed basis, for the purpose of pilot program evaluation.
10. Other duties as needed.
· You are committed to supporting young people of any and all ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, ability, nation of origin, citizenship/immigration status, marital status, religion and age as well as cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, life experiences and skills.
· You are 25 years old and up
· You are able to commit to at least 2-3 hours per months, for a minimum of 6 months
· You successfully complete a Criminal Records Check, specifically to working with the vulnerable sector
· You successfully complete our interview, reference checks, onboarding, orientation and training process
Being a Volunteer Mentor to young people with government care experience isn’t for everyone. Although we are actively recruiting volunteers from all backgrounds, we also need to ensure our volunteers will contribute to a safe space for our participants. Therefore, if at any time a volunteer is demonstrating behaviour that does not exemplify a commitment to supporting young people of any and all ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, ability, nation of origin, citizenship/immigration status, marital status, religion and age as well as cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, life experiences and skills, we reserve the right to immediately terminate their volunteer tenure.
This volunteer position does not include crisis management. Although support and training will be given on the subject, it is not the responsibility of our Volunteer Mentors to provide crisis support to program participants. In the event that a participant is in crisis during an interaction with a Volunteer Mentor, support and procedures are in place in order to ensure mentors are not placed in an unsafe situation.
All volunteers must be aware of the potential for allegations to be brought against them by participants and therefore must conduct themselves in a manner in which behaviors/actions cannot be misinterpreted. Volunteers are required to take precautionary measures and to follow safety guidelines to ensure their protection.
Volunteers must maintain confidentiality, undergo annual successful criminal record checks, and be sensitive to be inclusive of all program participants, coworkers and the community in their work. Volunteers are prohibited from driving for business purposes without prior authorization from the Program Manager.
- Training provided on an ongoing basis as well as prior to beginning your mentorship.
- Ongoing support and assistance from the Program Coordinator.
- Develop an understanding of the challenges faced by young people with government care experience.
We acknowledge that our work takes place on the ancestral, unceded territories of the Coast Salish people, including the Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt and sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen) First Nations.
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