As a function of the Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services, this position is responsible for developing supportive mentor/mentee relationships with youth between the ages of eight and 21 who need additional support due to challenges at home, school, or in the community. Most youth served are between the ages of 13-17.
This position works under the direct supervision of the Family & Community Services Manager.
Mentor youth who have entered or are at risk of entering the youth justice system, have mental health needs, behavioral challenges, or are being served through Child Protective Services.
Utilize de-escalation techniques to manage stressful situations as they arise.
Model positive interactions through various experiences addressing areas in the mentee’s life that are identified as challenges.
Promote strength-based activities to build skills and further community/family relationships.
Work flexible hours (nights and weekends) to meet with children and families. Hours are often in the afternoon and evening to accommodate school schedules. Schedule is based on availability of the mentee.
Travel throughout the county to meet with youth in their community and in their homes.
Collaborate with families, school personnel, mental health professionals, and social workers to help develop goals and address the needs of mentees.
Document all contacts with mentees in TCM and with other providers through case notes.
Advocate and support the mentee in daily living which includes but is not limited to, independent living skills, court appearances, collaborative team meetings, and school meetings.
Attends staff meetings and trainings as directed.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Family & Community Services Manager.
Expected to engage in regular reflective supervision.
EDUCATION: High school diploma or equivalent with higher education in a related field preferred.
EXPERIENCE: Two years’ experience working with at-risk youth (primarily teenagers) is preferred.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to pass caregiver, criminal, and DMV background check.