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Youth Mentor (5 positions), MY (Mobilizing, Mentoring Youth) Regent Park

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 12, 2010

Job Title: Youth Mentor
Project Title: MY (Mobilizing, Mentoring Youth) Regent Park
Salary $35K - $42K
Hours of work: Full Time / 35 hours week (flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, required)
Contract Length: Contract to March 31st, 2013
Number of Positions: Five (5)
Reporting To: Project Director, MY Regent Park
Application Deadline: Friday February 12th, 2010 – 4:00 p.m.

General Overview:

The MY (Mobilizing, Mentoring Youth) Regent Park project is a new collaborative project funded by the National Crime Prevention Centre. Dixon Hall is the lead agency for this project, with 5 partner agencies that include The Salvation Army 614, Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs, the Toronto Christian Resource Centre an Regent Park Community Health Centre.

The MY Regent Park project is looking for five (5) experienced Youth Mentors to work within an interdisciplinary team which will engage youth aged 11-18 who are at risk of becoming involved in gang activities or who are currently involved in gang activities.

The organizing framework for our project is the Spergel Model used by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). We chose this model because of its community focus, which supports the strong foundation of a collaborative action that Regent Park agencies and institutions already model.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Make contact with and work with local schools, non-project partner agencies, police services, youth justice services and the courts to coordinate processes for referring youth to the project.
  • As a member of the interdisciplinary MY Regent Park intervention team, work collaboratively with fellow youth mentors, the parent worker, the resiliency worker and key partner agency staff.
  • Conduct an assessment of youth whom are referred according to established risk factor criteria and develop individual case plans with each assigned youth.
  • Use an intensive case management model in responding to participant’s identified social, educational and vocational needs; working with assigned youth on a weekly basis to deliver individual/group sessions focused on pro-social behavioral development.
  • Plan, coordinate and execute 'community building' field trips to conservation areas, sites of interest, etc. These trips may also incorporate groups other than youth residing in Regent Park.
  • Facilitate referrals to other community programs or services, both in and outside of the Regent Park community, that are identified as critical for the youth. Youth Mentors will support and work through all the programs they are involved in - both individual and group activities.
  • Collaborate with the MY Regent Park team (Parent Worker, Resiliency Worker, other Youth Mentors and Administrative Assistant) as well as key staff at partner agencies in engaging parents and the broader community within the project.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Diploma or degree in a related field (i.e. BSW, CYW, etc.) or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 2 years experience working with at-risk youth.
  • Proven ability to guide, coach and motivate young people.
  • Proven conflict management / resolution skills.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with programs and services currently available to youth in the Regent Park/Moss Park area.
  • Team player with a proven ability to work effectively within a highly collaborative and constantly changing environment.
  • Demonstrated communication skills – verbal, written, presentation; demonstrated interpersonal, decision making and conflict resolution skills.
  • Expertise with/knowledge of gang behaviors and key issues affecting marginalized youth an asset.
  • Familiarity with the Spergel/OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model an asset.
  • Valid First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Police Reference Check will be required prior to offering of employment.

Positions & Agencies:

Currently the MY Regent Park project is recruiting for five (5) Youth Mentor positions. Selected candidates will be employed by their host agency and will have dual accountability to the MY Regent Park Project Director and their host agency supervisor. Youth Mentors will be stationed at their host agency office and will be required to meet with and work continually as an ‘intervention team’.

The Salvation Army 614: 1 Youth Mentor Position

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. Website: http://www.614network.com

Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre - 1 Youth Mentor Position

Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre is a youth driven, not-for-profit organization located in the heart of Regent Park, Toronto. Regent Park Focus is motivated by the belief that community-based media can play a vital role in building and sustaining healthy communities and seeks to increase civic engagement and effect positive change through youth-led media productions. Website: http://www.regentparkfocus.com

Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs - 1 Youth Mentor Position

Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs work with young people and their families; enabling them to develop the life skills, knowledge and values essential to becoming healthy contributing individuals. Clubs take a preventative approach to tackling a broad range of critical issues facing young people in our society today, including child poverty, youth education and employment, youth violence, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. Website: http://www.believeinkids.ca

Dixon Hall - 2 Youth Mentor Positions

Dixon Hall was founded in 1929, is a multi-service, multi-population agency committed to its vision of creating strong healthy communities through the development of good jobs, good health, safe shelter and vibrant cultures. Dixon Hall works as a community partner to create opportunities for people of all ages to dream, achieve, and to live full and rewarding lives. Website: http://www.dixonhall.org

Application Process: 

For all positions please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Friday, February 12th - 4:00pm.

Please indicate the agency you are applying to in your cover letter: The Salvation Army 614, Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs or Dixon Hall.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

No phone calls please. The MY Regent Park project is dedicated to employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, racial/visible minorities and aboriginal peoples. We welcome applications from members of the Regent Park community.