Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education

Age Minimum (with Adult): 1+, Minimum Age:18+

Mentoring for the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County

 

Due to restrictions around COVID-19, we are currently unable to intake any new Program Volunteers, Tutors, or Mentors. Tentatively, these positions will begin the intake process again during the Spring 2021 semester. We encourage anyone interested in these positions to still apply, as your application will be reviewed and put on hold until the restrictions are lifted. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. 

 

PURPOSE:

Volunteer Mentors provide a source of guidance and support and act as an additional positive role model for a Dreamer Scholar. Mentors and Dreamer Scholar Mentees are matched according to similar interests. They develop and establish a safe, meaningful, and trusting relationship whilce spending one-on-one time together outside of the classroom doing fun, safe, and free or low-cost activities together. The mentor relationship focuses on sharing social and life enrichment experiences rather than academically focused.

Volunteer Mentors are mission driven positive adult role models, who have a positive attitude, are engaging, reliable and good communicators. They should have a genuine interest in IHDF’s mission. These individuals receive satisfaction knowing they filled an essential role in the mentee’s positive development and growth. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Volunteer Mentors report to the Mentor Coordinator, site Program Director, AmeriCorps Mentor Manager (if applicable) and Director of Volunteers (if needed). Mentors meet with Dreamer Scholar mentees one-on-one at least twice a month either virtually (prefered) or socially distanced in-person outside following CDC, state, local and IHDF safety guidelines. Activities are focused on fun and social/emotional growth. There are a variety of activities that can be done to fulfill this requirement, including but not limited to: 

  • Carving pumpkins

  • Going out for ice cream, frozen yogurt, coffee, iced tea, etc.

  • Hiking

  • Walking

  • Painting, sketching, drawing, coloring

  • Flying kites

  • Playing sports together

  • Mini golf

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  • Residency: Applicants must have established residency in the Denver Metro area for at least 3 months. 

  • Age: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at interview. 

  • Employment: Applicants must be currently employed unless a college student or retired individual.

  • Time Commitment: Applicants must have the ability to meet with mentee at least 2x per month for one full year. Commitment begins after an official match agreement is signed.

  • Must have Colorado Driver’s License and proof of insurance (with minimum state liability)

  • Background check: Applicants must complete authorization for a background check 

 

 Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to commit for at least twice a month for one year

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred

  • Experience with school aged youth preferred

PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO PERFORM THIS JOB:

Activities with Dreamer Scholar mentee can be either sedentary or active. Must be able to walk, talk, read, and communicate effectively.

 

PERKS/BENEFITS:

  • Lots of support, recognition and appreciation!

  • Knowing you made a vital contribution to support a worthwhile mission to empower children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career. 

  • Making a lifelong connection through being a role model

  • Research shows that volunteering has a positive impact on mental health! Learn more.

  • Volunteering changes lives!

Please apply online at https://bouldercounty.ihdf.org/volunteer-application-2/ 

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Volunteers needed through 1/1/2021

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