Are you passionate about working with teens? Do you want to build community and engage students in service? We have openings for Summit Guide positions in Jefferson County and in central Denver! A Summit Guide is CYL's name for an adult mentor who helps facilitate CYL's leadership curriculum twice a month during the school year and engages students in service to their community. Want to learn more? See all the details below!
Colorado Young Leaders (CYL)
Summit Guide Job Description
CYL Mission & Vision
Our mission is to develop young people's leadership skills through our dynamic leadership process; to inspire a sense of adventure through meaningful service-learning opportunities in the local community, and to create a community for young people to live out their discovered skills and passions. Our vision is a world that defines a new generational leader; a young person with a clear passion & purpose, a heart for others, and a desire to get the most out of life.
Reporting to the Program Director, Summit Guide (SG) will be responsible for the operational success of their selected student chapter. As a CYL Summit Guide, you will be responsible for coordinating and guiding high school students through the CYL Summit Program and engaging them in CYL service activities.
You will work with high school students to explore leadership and service. You will facilitate Leadership Exploration Meetings using the provided CYL Leadership Curriculum, plan and lead Service Adventures and build relationships with students in order to increase their engagement in CYL activities. Each Chapter has a goal of 25 consistent students, and you will have the opportunity to work with a CYL Staff to recruit new students and welcome them into your CYL Chapter.
Each Chapter is comprised of students from various backgrounds and experiences. Summit Guides are the main student contact points for CYL, and you have the flexibility to develop your Chapter(s) to meet the needs of your student personalities. Your ultimate task is to create a safe community where high school students can explore their passions for leadership and service.
Flexible! Approximately 10-15 hours/month
- Two Leadership Exploration Meetings a month with the determined chapter
- Weekly communication with students and parents on an as needed basis
- Attendance at monthly Summit Guide meetings (short in-person or conference call with other Summit Guides and CYL staff)
- 4+ hours of service per month (varies through the year depending on Service Adventure calendar
Background Check required annually, $25 is deducted from your first stipend check
- Attend annual Summit Guide Retreat (don’t worry, it’s fun and we feed you!)
- Facilitate two Leadership Exploration Meeting per month
- Lead or attend at least five Service Adventures per year (flexible)
- Identify Individual Volunteer Opportunities for students in your geographic area
- Maintain consistent communication with students and Program Director
- Assist in recruiting and cultivating new CYL chapter members
Specific Weekly Activities:
- Check CYL email 2 times/week (at least)
- Answer student emails within 3 days
- Answer student texts within 1 day (even if to just say you’ll follow up at a later time)
- Answer student voicemails within 1 day, or ask Program Director to follow up if you do not have time
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual looking to contribute to and further develop a youth leadership program through direct service to high school students.
- Minimum of three years of undergraduate work or equivalent experience
- An evident excitement for our mission and engaging with our Young Leaders
- Ability to demonstrate a strong camaraderie and trust with our Young Leaders
- Available 15 hours/month throughout the year, and willing to invest more time in individual relationships with our Young Leaders
- Proficient in using technology as a communication and social media tool
- Strength with engaging young people in our mission, through recruiting, managing, teaching, and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their interest in our community and our non-profit community
- Understanding of (and/or willingness to learn) about our Leadership Themes, Service Adventures, and Summit Program
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to and passion for CYL's mission