Age Minimum (with Adult): 21+, Minimum Age:21+
Youth Mentor (Back of the Yards)
Are you looking for a truly meaningful volunteer experience? According to various educational studies, kids who have mentors and positive role models are more successful in school and in life than those who don't. It's estimated that teens without mentors and role models are 67% more likely to be unemployed when they're older. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees, and set youth on a path of success. Benefits for youth: •Increased high school graduation rates •Lower high school dropout rates •Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices •Better attitude about school •Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations •Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence •Improved behavior, both at home and at school •Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers •Improved interpersonal skills •Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use Catholic Charities is currently recruiting mentors to work with youth ages 12-14 in Back of the Yards. Once you’ve been matched, you develop a schedule and plan activities that work best for you and your mentee. Outings can happen during the week or on the weekend. Take in a movie, visit a museum, play a board game, or just spend a day in the park. Our Program Coordinator will be there every step of the way to offer guidance and training, suggest age appropriate activities, and help you develop a strong relationship with your mentee. You will also have an opportunity to participate in quarterly special events that bring all of our mentors and mentees together to engage in fun activities, share ideas, and build supportive relationships. Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Minimum requirements include: •Be at least 21 years old •Commit to a minimum of a 1 year relationship, meeting at least 5 hours per month •Complete volunteer application, orientation process and mentor trainings •Own a car and have proof of insurance (no car sharing programs allowed) •Have a valid Illinois driver’s license and 3 years of driving experience •Be willing to pick up your mentee, and drive mentee to and from all outings •Allow the agency to conduct a Criminal Background and a Driving Check •Be available to participate in regular phone meetings with Catholic Charities staff Express Interest below to get more information!
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