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Become a Shelterwood Mentor

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.


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 & 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.

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Mentors are typically recent college graduates who are willing 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.

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 committing a year to impact the lives of teens spiritually, emotionally and relationally, click the Apply Now 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!

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