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Youth Mentor

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The IRC in Charlottesville Youth Mentoring program (MYVA) serves refugee youth or young adults (15-24) to help them positively navigate new communities and advance their educational and vocational goals.  Adult mentors in the Charlottesville community are paired with a mentee and help guide the youth through important life transitions and decisions.  Mentors can form a long-term relationship with their mentee—meeting at least once a month for a minimum of 1 year.  IRC provides ongoing training and support for the Mentors in the program, with regular follow-ups to set goals and track progress.  Participating in the program is expected to be a mutually beneficial and rewarding opportunity for both youth and their Mentor to build intercultural understanding and broaden cultural competency.

Location: Client's home or another agreed-upon location, including virtual. 

Time Commitment: Minimum 1-year commitment and meet at least once a month with mentee. 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide support and guidance to youth mentee in navigating their educational or career path with activities such as tutoring, helping with job applications, and networking guidance
  • Establish good relationships with the parents/guardians of the youth and keep them informed of activities
  • Submit time records and notes to IRC

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Must commit to one-year minimum mentorship meeting at least once a month to do an activity or check-in
  • Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of diverse backgrounds.
  • Must follow IRC standards and safety guidelines as outlined during IRC Volunteer Orientation
  • Must take the lead in coordinating meetings and forming positive relationships with the youth.

How to Apply: Complete a Volunteer Application online. Note: Please upload a resume or CV at the bottom of the application. Once your submission has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted about attending an upcoming volunteer orientation

This position reports to the Volunteer Coordinator.