At Shelterwood, the mentor role is a vital position for the therapeutic treatment of our teens. Our relational approach works to implement young followers of Jesus into the lives of our teens to quite literally “do life” with them – this includes laying foundational work in relational development, cultivating spiritual growth, and assisting in the process of helping our teens reach their therapeutic goals in order to find restoration. Our desire is not to merely create behavioral change, but to champion heart change through loving our teens the way Jesus does.
WHY ARE MENTORS SO IMPORTANT AT SHELTERWOOD?
Mentors, also called Direct Care Staff, fill a variety of roles and responsibilities. This includes meeting physical needs for our teens, such as transporting them to various places on campus, managing medications and taking them to off-campus doctor appointments. Mentors also provide teens with care and support on an emotional and spiritual level through volunteer bible studies, being an outlet for teens to process thoughts and emotions, and by engaging in a variety of activities with students like camping trips, making bonfires, watching movies, creating art, and so much more.
Mentors are also an important part of our interdisciplinary treatment team and participate in collaborative discussions with teachers and therapists for teens in our care. The insights provided by our mentors as they live life with the teens form a crucial part in shepherding them along their therapeutic and spiritual journeys.
OKAY, I AM INTERESTED! WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR BECOMING A MENTOR?
Mentors are generally recent college graduates looking to commit to a full year of service in teen ministry. We’re looking for people 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. A background check and pastoral reference are required.
HOW WILL I LEARN AND GROW AS A MENTOR?
Mentors serve teens through providing oversight, coaching and discipleship rooted in a program model based upon Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). The power of this relational model not only impacts teens but the Mentor as well. Mentors experience leadership development and spiritual growth, positioning them to thrive in 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.
I THINK THIS MIGHT BE THE ROLE FOR ME!
If impacting the lives of teens spiritually, emotionally and relationally sounds of interest to you, click the Apply Now button below. Questions, call Jenny Martin at 816-249-5419, ext. 190. Or email her at JenMarvine@shelterwood.org. We are looking forward to sharing more of our heart for ministry, as well as hearing yours!