|Title:||Mentor Michigan College Coaching AmeriCorps Member|
|Department:||Childhelp Foster Family Agency of Michigan|
|Location:||Madison Heights, MI|
CEO and Co-Founder SaraO’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope® that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse. For more information about Childhelp, please visit the website at www.childhelp.org.
About Childhelp Foster Family Agency in Michigan
In 2002, Childhelp opened the Foster Family Agency of Michigan (FFA MI) to meet one of the state's most pressing child welfare needs. In 2009 the facility became a fully licensed adoption agency as well. The Childhelp Foster Family and Adoption Agency of Michigan has successfully united children deserving of love, compassion and hope with families who are willing and capable of giving it to them. The agency actively recruits, certifies and trains foster and adoptive families throughout Southeast Michigan. Among the valuable continuum of care, Childhelp provides the following services: family and individual counseling, case management, free, on-going foster family training, foster family certification, and 24-hour support and crisis intervention.
AmeriCorps Member: AmeriCorps is national movement of "service." It's a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. It is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. Each year, AmeriCorps offers more than 75,000 opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to "serve" through a local or national nonpprofit organization. Serving in a non profit as an AmeriCorps member is an intensive experience that meets our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps programs focus on work to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. More information can be found at www.americorps.gov
Childhelp: Childhelp's Michigan Mentoring Program is the only successful program in the state that is dedicated primarily to youth in foster care. Not only do youth in foster care have to deal with age appropriate problems, they also have to face being separated from family, residing in a new home, attending a new school and maybe the hardest issue of all,dealing with the abuse/neglect that led to fostercare. Given all this, our youth are presented with a myriad of risk factors. Mentoring is a proven and effective way to combat the negative experiences and relationships that surround them.
Childhelp Michigan's community based mentor program provides youth, ages 7--23, who are in foster care the opportunity to positively interact with an adult mentor. We are also extending this program to all youth who are in need of a mentor.The mentor/mentee relationship offers the youth the chance to develop a relationship with an adult,other than an authority figure, who then becomes a friend, role model and advocate for the youth.This caring, consistent relationship leads to increased self-esteem, improved social skills,additional opportunities for success in life and an improved outlook on the future for the youth.
Childhelp Michigan's school based mentoring program has a structured curriculum with a ratio of mentees to mentors of no more than 4:1, maintaining a consistent relationship between the mentor and four mentees.
Service Description: The role of an AmeriCorps member with Childhelp will be assisting with the organization, expansion, operation and evaluation of our youth mentoring program.
- Schedules orientations and interviews with potential mentors, mentees, and guardians
- Schedules one to one interviews with both the mentor and mentee prior to match being made to identify strengths and weaknesses
- Facilitates mentor training prior to matches being made
- Schedules and facilitates first meetings for mentor/mentee matches
- Mentor/Mentee recruitment and retention
- Processes background clearances for all mentors
- Processes all referral forms and program releases for mentees prior to matches being made
- Provides match oversight with monthly contact either via phone, email or in person with as all parties involved with the match for on a monthly basis.
- Facilitates quarterly support meeting & facilitates quarterly mentor/mentee match activities
- Coordinates on-going mentor trainings
- Maintains accurate and updated mentor files, ensuring that they are in compliance with local and state requirements
- Performs other related duties related to the organization, expansion, operation and evaluation of our youth mentoring program within the scope of the AmeriCorps project as assigned
- Build community partnerships and collaborating with other National Service members
- Facilitates our school based mentoring programs
- Develops and implement a plan to disseminate resources to matches that are related to academic success and /or access to post secondary education
- Member will plan and conduct at least one community service project designed to engage matches
- Participate in training and professional development opportunities offered by MMCCC and Childheld
- Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, or other related field
- Previous work experience working with youth
- Available to travel and work non-traditional hours, such as weekends and evenings, in Southeast Michigan: Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties
- Working knowledge of characteristics and dynamics of abuse, neglect, substance abuse, domestic violence, and trauma
- Knowledge of community resources and how to access them
- Ability to work in a confidential manner, ensuring information is shared with internal and external individuals in an appropriate manner
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel
- Concise grammatical skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
Qualifications to serve with AmeriCorps:
- Possession of documentation of citizenship or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States Status
- Willingness to submit a comprehensive criminal background check, including an FBI fingerprint check
- An annual living stipend of $12,100 (pre-tax) paid twice per month
- Standard AmeriCorps member health care coverage through The Corps Network;
- Income-eligible childcare assistance
- Ongoing professional development and networking opportunities
- Participation in a statewide project dedicated to building the future of Michigan's youth
- An Eli Segal Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans (pending completion of a minimum 1700 hours of service over a 12 month period.) and forbearance on qualified student loans
Member will begin service on September 16, 2012.
Please only inquiry if you are seriously interested in serving with AmeriCorps and helping "at risk" youth. Please send resume and cover letter.
Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer