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About SOAR:

Seeing Our Adolescents Rise (SOAR) is a community-based organization that is known for working outside of the box with multicultural and marginalized youth, ages 7-19, using innovative and comprehensive approaches. SOAR provides mentorship, education support, community service opportunities, events & activities, and adventure therapy to a population whose needs influence their ability to live day-to-day. The vast majority of the youth in SOAR programming have been involved with the juvenile justice system and are getting back on track with guided support from SOAR.

SOAR believes our mission to encourage young adults to invest in their future, helping them to become responsible and motivated advocates for their life is the stepping stone to strengthening our community for our youth. We do this through our vision of providing services that guide adolescents toward successful future endeavors and encourage them to stay focused regardless of unfavorable influences or circumstances. Additionally, our programs work with our youth’s families supporting advocacy within the education system and the community at large. SOAR realized the importance of integrating youth and their families into the services we offer. We invite our youth’s siblings, cousins, friends, and other family to participate in SOAR community events and adventure activities alongside them to increase positivity within their support system.

SOAR’s Youth Mentor & Educational Specialist:

SOAR’s Youth Mentor & Educational Specialist responsibilities include providing services to assigned youth, depending on the needs indicated in the referral. These services can include but are not limited to, education support, mentorship, community engagement, and/or community service opportunities. The SOAR team member will be responsible for working to connect and meet with assigned youth and families immediately upon receiving the internal referral. The team member will work toward developing and building long-term positive relationships within the youth’s community which will focus on strengthening areas in the youth’s life possibly relating to issues within the home, education, employment, and/or lack of community engagement. For youth referred for education support, the team member will work alongside assigned youth and families to assist with navigating different aspects of technology in regards to accessing, understanding and completing school work in different school subjects. In addition, the team member will assist the youth in developing the courage and ability to advocate for oneself through goal setting and monitoring, scheduling and conducting regular meetings (typically in-person unless the family requests virtual) and check-ins via text, phone and email. The team member will observe and document the client’s progress, report progress to the supervisor, and communicate with the client’s professional team as needed.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Caseload of at least 5 clients (5 clients typically equates to 10 hours per week)
  • Scheduling initial session within 48 hours of being paired with a youth
  • Scheduling regular meetings and check-ins, with assigned clients and families
  • Providing a positive mentoring relationship between youth according to the design of the SOAR program
  • Assisting the client with educational needs
  • Assessing specific needs for each client
  • Developing and monitoring plans and goals for each client based on the client’s interests, and needs
  • Documenting all in-person sessions with assigned clients in the client database system
  • Documenting all communication efforts with assigned clients and families in the client database system including, but not limited to; scheduled, cancelled, and no-show meetings, and check-ins
  • Maintaining consistent communication with professional team, SOAR Team, supervisor and assigned clients and families
  • Meet with the SOAR team regularly during scheduled meetings to provide updates on assigned clients
  • Connecting and accompanying assigned clients to SOAR activities and events
  • Transporting assigned clients and/or family members, if needed, to meetings, appointments, hearings, and more within the scope of work (Depending on availability)
  • Attending client’s professional team meetings
  • Advocating for positive outcomes for every client

Skills:

  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Independent working
  • Decision-making
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Time management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Positivity
  • Willingness to learn
  • Organization
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to be able to reinforce rules and expectations
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Positive role model
  • Patience
  • Advocacy

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Non-Profit Industry experience and knowledge preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with at-risk youth and families
  • Strong working knowledge of Google Drive
  • Preferred – Bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish ($17.50/hour for bilingual candidates)

Benefits:

  • Extremely flexible schedule with the ability to create your own schedule
  • Phone/Internet stipend

Work Environment:

  • Meeting with clients take place at their home, at school, and/or in the community
  • Professional meetings take place via Google Meet
  • Documentation can be completed from anywhere using online platforms, Google Drive, and Therapy Notes

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Visit www.soarcolorado.org to learn more about SOAR.

To apply for this job please visit www.soarcolorado.org.