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Mentoring Organizer

Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in mentoring programs across Massachusetts.

About Mass Mentoring Partnership:

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. We provide services including training and technical assistance, networking and professional development, mentor recruitment campaigns, advocacy, resource development & recognition, and mentor-mentee match activities.

Mass Mentoring Partnership’s AmeriCorps program, the Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring, is currently recruiting twenty-five Ambassadors for the 2015-2016 program year, which begins on August 1, 2015 and runs through June 30, 2016. Ambassadors complete one year of service at a host organization in Massachusetts. One Ambassador will be placed at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.

About Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative:

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a thirty year-old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing entity in the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston.  DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create, and control a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.   In order to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village, DSNI has organized to make significant strides in the areas of land control, affordable housing, community facilities, urban agriculture, youth development, and community building.  Progress in our neighborhood is the result of robust collaborative efforts led by community residents.

About Stronger Leaders Brighter Future:

Stronger Leaders Brighter Future (SLBF) is a developing program that has grown out of the need for a greater presence of caring, consistent adults in the lives of youth within the Dudley Village Campus (DVC), an area of Roxbury/North Dorchester that is home to over 4,000 school-aged children and a geographic focus area of Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI).  Youth and adults involved with the organization have identified the following goals for the program:

1. To connect youth in the DVC with a caring consistent adult through a mentoring relationship,

2. To empower youth to make positive decisions by guiding them in the development and implementation of their individualized skill building (ACT) and goal setting plans.

3. To expand youth’s resources by helping them navigating systems in order to achieve their goals and reach their highest potential.

The Mentoring Organizer project scope includes:

Goal 1: Strengthen and evaluate current systems of match support.

  • Objective 1: Implement current match support systems and develop systems that cater to new and returning matches
  • Objective 2: Evaluate systems of match support with support from DSNI’s Director of Data and Evaluation
  • Objective 3: Ensure that returning matches have the support and resources they need to continue their relationships

Goal 2:  Increase the number of mentees and trained mentors, with special attention to retaining returning matches and recruiting male mentors from the community.

  • Objective 1: Recruit, train and match 20-25 mentors, with 60% from the Dudley Village Campus
  • Objective 2: Recruit, train and match 20-25 mentees, with focus on leveraging relationships with 2 of DSNI’s partner schools (the Burke and the Dearborn)
  • Objective 3: Retain 50% of our current matches and expand training and workshops to cover a new range of topics that are appealing and relevant to returning matches

Goal 3:  Strengthen and create training and skill building opportunities for matches.

  • Objective 1: Develop an understanding of match interests and needs
  • Objective 2: Increase the number and quality of workshops/trainings that are available for matches based on their interests and needs

Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Recruit, match and retain 20-25 adult volunteer mentors (60% of which will be residents within the DVC), with a specific focus on males of color
  • Recruit, match and retain 20-25 youth from the DVC through strengthening relationships with partner organizations
  • Revise and implement evaluation tools and policies that provide a clear understanding of the strengths and areas to grow in the program
  • Enhance and maintain recruitment database and tracking systems
  • Establish connections and relationships with partner organizations and businesses to gather resources and trainings for matches
  • Solicit feedback and insight on the program from DSNI’s Youth Organizers
  • Report to the Director of Youth Leadership & Development.

 AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member.
  • Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service to complete host site project
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Complete at least 2 collaborative community service projects to benefit the field of mentoring
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Commute to all corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. (Reimbursements available for qualifying members)
    • Responsibilities include attending a four hour pre-orientation session in July, one week-long orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long community service planning sessions – Meetings located in Greater Boston
  • Effectively manage time, projects, and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS strongly preferred
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for volunteerism and community service
  • The desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Some experience with marketing – material design, blogging and social media preferred
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a multicultural setting with a diversity of people
  • Commitment to and ability to apply DSNI’s mission, values, and organizing principles
  • Respect for resident/youth decision-making and community planning
  • Ability to motivate residents, youth, parents and partners to become involved
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and a good sense of humor
  • Positive attitude

Position Benefits:

  • $1250 pre-taxed stipend per month
  • $5,730.00 Education Award for loans and future educational expenses upon successful completion of service
  • Loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service
  • AmeriCorps childcare benefits
  • 250+ hours of professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the non-profit sector
  • FREE health care coverage
  • Graduate Certificate in non-profit organizational leadership from Wheelock College Graduate program in Organizational Leadership
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for qualifying members
  • A built-in network of AmeriCorps members and colleagues

To Apply:

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Maggie Austen

Mentoring Organizer

Highland Street Corps AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

504 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Phone: 617-442-9670

www.dsni.org | @dsni_org | f/dsni_org

 

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative is an equal opportunity employer.

Mass Mentoring Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.

Mass Mentoring Partnership makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.