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Two Ways to Become a Shelterwood Mentor

Looking to start or further a career in ministry, mental health, non-profit or social work? Shelterwood delivers! At Shelterwood, mentors play a vital position in the therapeutic treatment of our teens. Mentors model our relational approach to healing.  They are young followers of Jesus who quite literally “do life” with our teens. This includes laying foundational work in relational development, cultivating spiritual growth, and assisting in the process of helping our teens reach their therapeutic goals. Our desire is not to merely create behavioral change, but to champion heart change through loving our teens the way Jesus does.

Option 1: Live Off Campus

Direct Care Staff

You will be part of a passionate and supportive ministry team of Christian therapists, mentors and staff where you will be encouraged to grow in Christ through service, discipleship and community. We have immediate openings for part-time and full-time hourly positions for all shifts. Full-time positions include excellent medical benefits.

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Option 2: Live On Campus

Doulos Leadership Institute Staff

We are seeking young men and women to join the Doulos Leadership Institute(DLI), a one-year commitment to a live-in mentor experience at Shelterwood. During the year you’ll GROW in relationship with God in Biblical community, receive TRAINING in vocational and life-skills, DEVELOP next-generation faith leadership competencies, and be TESTED in relational ministry. This salaried position includes generous benefits, room and board. LEARN MORE

Frequently Asked Questions by Mentor Candidates

Mentors fill a variety of roles and responsibilities, including some of the following:

  • Transporting teens to various places on campus
  • Managing medications for teens
  • Taking teens to off-campus doctor appointments
  • Providing emotional and spiritual support and care
  • Leading volunteer Bible studies
  • Serving as an outlet for teens to process thoughts and emotions
  • Engaging in activities with students including camping trips, watching movies, creating art, and much more!

Mentors are also an important part of our interdisciplinary treatment team and participate in collaborative discussions with teachers and therapists. The insights from mentors as they live daily life with our teens are a crucial part in guiding them in their therapeutic and spiritual journeys.

Mentors are typically recent college graduates who have a genuine and active faith and a willingness to serve as Jesus did. Our main qualifications are a love for Jesus, a heart for teenagers, and a desire to make an impact. A college degree in ministry, psychology or social work is preferred and demonstrable experience of working with teens desired. The applicant must be 21 years or older, have an active Christian faith, and an eagerness to participate in life change in teens through direct care and mentoring. A background check and pastoral reference are required.

Mentors serve teens through providing oversight, coaching and discipleship rooted in a program model based upon Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). This relational model not only impacts teens, but the mentors as well. Mentors experience leadership development and spiritual growth, developing valuable skills for their future no matter what career path they choose.

Along with treatment models, mentors are trained in all elements of residential care including de-escalation strategies, HIPPA guidelines, state-mandated reporting, CPR and First Aid. The Shelterwood experience is a once-in-a-lifetime leadership development opportunity for those ready to work hard and learn.

If you’re interested in impacting the lives of teens spiritually, emotionally and relationally, click the appropriate Apply for Enrollment button below. If you have questions, please call Outreach Director Jenny Marvine at 816-249-5419, ext. 190 or email her at We are looking forward to sharing more of our heart for ministry, as well as hearing yours!

Help Transform the Lives of Struggling Teens

Become a Shelterwood Mentor