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Current Opening: Youth Mentor (part-time, Staunton/Harrisonburg)

Job Summary

Youth Mentors work with clients to provide empathic, non-judgmental assistance to support and facilitate the successful achievement of identified client goals and objectives. The Mentor acts as a positive role model in the youth’s life and will expose the youth to positive experiences within the community. The Mentor models and teaches life skills to the youth while simultaneously remaining open to learning from the youth. The Mentor creates plans for outings, but also promotes the client having a voice in what occurs during outings. This service will take place in appropriate community settings.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Mentor works on goals with the client that are identified by the treatment team within the time frame of approved hours and beginning/end dates as approved by the funding source (FAPT). The Mentor performs the obligations of a mandated reporter. The Mentor establishes and maintains good professional boundaries.

The Mentor will participate in monthly individual and group supervision, and will participate in quarterly ongoing training opportunities. The Mentor is required to write timely, thorough, and professional case notes as instructed.

The core responsibility of the Mentor is to develop a supportive, high-quality, and enduring relationship with the client that creates opportunities for the client to engage with and contribute to the community and promotes the client’s positive development.

Through the formation of a trusting relationship, the Mentor will work with the client to achieve the identified goals created by the treatment team. The Mentor will continue to assess the needs of the client throughout the case and will discuss changing and/or adding goals with the treatment team as appropriate.  The Mentor will maintain regular communication with the referral source and the Family Services Coordinator so that all members of the team are aware of the client’s progress and challenges.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or high school diploma or equivalent plus appropriate training and experience;
  • Experience with high-risk youth and/or families;
  • Ability to be calm, well organized, and display strong relationship building skills;
  • A strong capacity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Ability to objectively track behavior and communicate responsibly, reliably and accurately in writing;
  • Ability to understand goals and tasks identified by team leaders and follow through with their implementation;
  • Ability to relate comfortably and genuinely with adults and children, and the ability to communicate effectively with team members;
  • Demonstrate sound judgement and good interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrate strong skills in behavior management and social skills;
  • Competency in database skills to document work in a timely, efficient, and thorough way;
  • Reliable form of transportation to visit/transport clients in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, Augusta County, and Staunton areas.

Current Opening: Family Mentor (part-time, Charlottesville)

Job Summary

Family Mentors provide hands-on support and guidance to families to help prevent placement disruption or facilitate successful reunification. They are a resource, coach, and advocate for their clients; a co-pilot on their clients’ journeys toward goal attainment.

Responsibilities and Duties

Through weekly home visits, Family Mentors provide parent education and support to promote positive, lasting impacts within family systems. Goals are individualized to meet the unique needs of each family. Common goals include parenting skills, organizational skills, accessing community resources, creating consistent and predictable family routines, communication skills, and securing/maintaining stable housing and employment.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience working in a community setting with families from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Experience working with individuals and families with mental health needs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and time management skills
  • The ability to function well within interdisciplinary treatment teams
  • The availability to spend several hours with each family on a weekly basis
  • Dedication to the principles of service, social justice, integrity, and the inherent dignity and worth of every person
  • Reliable form of transportation to visit clients in the Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional areas

Equal Employment Opportunity

People Places, Inc. (the “Agency.”) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Agency complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status is expressly prohibited. Improper interference with the ability of Agency employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.