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RiseBoro Homecare Inc. Mentor, Next STEPS Program in Brooklyn, New York

"All persons newly hired for employment by RiseBoro must provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to beginning their employment, except for those who obtain an exception due to medical or religious reasons through the reasonable accommodation process."

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Mentors contribute to the overall success of a mentorship program for a cohort of 16 at-risk young adults, ages 16-24, living in the Brownsville Houses and neighboring areas. Mentors are responsible for implementing an evidenced-based curriculum designed to use cognitive-behavioral approaches in efforts to build stronger and safer communities by expanding opportunities for youth to move out of the criminal justice system and foster positive change through the transformation of attitudes that often lead to violence and/or criminal activities. Duties & Responsibilities:

  • With two supporting mentors, run a mentoring group to young adults twice a week (2 hours per session) for nine months;

  • Attend professional trainings and become proficient in delivering the cognitive-behavioral curriculum ("Interactive Journaling");

  • Assist in coordination of group activities, including New Member Orientations, mealtimes, training sessions, and field trips;

  • Offer ongoing emotional support to group members as their designated "Primary Person";

  • Meet with group members on an individual basis during the week, before/after group sessions, or otherwise as needed;

  • Be available by phone/email/text/etc. for support, advice, and guidance;

  • Perform outreach to candidates and new members; maintain ongoing engagement; conduct re-engagement efforts and meet procedures when necessary;

  • Additional duties as requested by the Program Coordinator.

    COMPETENCIES

  • Must live in or have a strong connection to Northern Brooklyn. Brownsville residents are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Flexible availability (including weekend and evening hours) required.

  • Must be skilled in group facilitation. Candidate must demonstrate the ability to effectively keep participants engaged while delivering a cognitive therapy-based curriculum.

  • Skills in communicating via mediums preferred by young people (e.g. SMS/text, social media, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter) highly preferred.

  • Unique ability to deeply connect with youth; skilled at "winning over" hesitant/resistant individuals; and able to create a warm, inspiring, and fun-loving environment in any situation.

  • Special consideration for individuals with personal experience similar to challenges facing mentees. (i.e. have been violence-involved, gang-affiliated, and/or justice-involved.)

    EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

  • High school diploma and group facilitation training certificate. If no certificate, must have a reference that can attest to candidates ability to run groups

EEO/Affirmative Action Policy Statement

It is the policy of RiseBoro to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. No individual will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship status, political or union affiliation, marital or partnership status, sex, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity, familial status, genetic information or predisposition or characteristic, disability, status as a victim of domestic violence, status as a veteran or member of the U.S. military and related obligations, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, job placement, compensation, benefits, training and apprenticeship, employee development, promotion, demotion, discipline, transfer, lay-off and recall, and termination. RiseBoro makes reasonable accommodations based on religion and/or disability as required by law, and requests for accommodation are to be directed to the Human Resources Department.

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