STOP-IT Program - Mentorship Volunteer
Under the supervision of the Volunteer and Program Managers, the mentor helps create a safe, welcoming environment where the client will feel comfortable. The mentor will be expected to develop a relationship with the participant and provide general support to the person with whom they are paired.
The mentor position will vary based on the individual needs of the participant, but can include the following:
- Attending community events, such as museums, fairs, street festivals, concerts, etc.
- Being an active listener and providing support and encouragement when appropriate.
- Phone conversations after a difficult day at work or school.
- Sharing a meal together
- Assisting with resume compilation
- Practicing for job interviews
- Tutoring or homework help
- Connecting participant with other supports within the community, if appropriate
- Must have served at least 3 months (one scheduling cycle) on the hotline.
- Meet with participant for 2-3 hours, once or twice monthly for a minimum of six months
- Check in with participant weekly via phone or text
- Check in with volunteer manager or trafficking specialist assigned to the case monthly or any time there is a significant change in behavior, situation, or relationship with the participant
- Volunteers may either volunteer in the drop-in center OR as a mentor. Not both.
- Honor all commitments made to the participant
- Recognize role as a mandated reporter and report any problematic issues to the volunteer coordinator or trafficking specialist and DCFS or Elder Abuse
- Must be sensitive to and work appropriately with culturally and socio-economically diverse client populations.
- Experience with computer processing programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel, and Adobe.
- Ability to assess immediacy of need and provide appropriate referrals and contacts.
- Minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
Prior to participating in this function within the STOP-IT team, you will be required to complete the following:
- Volunteer application
- Background check
- Two 15-30 minute interviews
- A two day volunteer training seminar
- 3-5 minute video to be screened by potential mentees
If interested, please complete the volunteer application. The volunteer manager will contact applications to register for the next training upon receipt. Additional paperwork will be completed at the training. Attending the training does not guarantee acceptance into the volunteer program. Goodness of fit will be assessed before and during the training.
For questions, please email STOP-IT's volunteer program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Background Check
- What age category do you belong? Must be at least 18 or older