Aftercare Mentor

Jamaica, NY
Full Time
Mid Level

Organization Overview: Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high- need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Job Summary: Mentors will serve as “credible messengers” to provide direct support for youth who are discharged from non-secure placement programs. Mentors will receive training in motivational interviewing and mentoring youth to help them address areas such as goal setting, life skills, social and emotional development, personal and family relationships, and other aspects of participants lives. Mentors will speak with assigned youth at least once per week while the youth is on aftercare, and they will arrange for the youth to do monthly community service. Mentors will report to the Lead Mentor, and they will provide biweekly reports on the youths’ progress to the assigned Aftercare Specialist.

Essential Functions:

  • Meet/speak individually with up to 8 designated mentees at least once a week with 1 weekend a month open for activities with mentees
  • Be available to provide emotional support, guidance, and advice to mentees 24/7 via phone (on call)
  • Participate in Elevated Risk Conferences, Community Conferences, court appearances and meetings for mentees as needed.
  • Complete weekly visits to Non-Secure Placement (NSP) and Limited-Secure Placement (LSP) to pre-engage youth prior to release
  • Participate in weekly (individual and group supervisions) with supervisor and Aftercare Case planning team
  • Assist mentees in personal development and growth by utilizing ITM model resources
  • Attend quarterly ITM Booster trainings
  • Complete weekly emails to Aftercare Specialist in a timely manner detailing activities conducted with mentees
  • Participate/cover at least 1 treatment team meeting per month and document information shared via “Aftercare Treatment Team Coverage form”
  • Create relationships with businesses and organizations in the local community, as well as the community affairs officer at local police precincts
  • Arrange community service for youth to participate in at least monthly
  • Attending initial and ongoing training and other technical assistance or professional development activities identified by Sheltering Arms Children & Family Services, ACS or OCFS
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor, ACS or OCFS


  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • First hand knowledge of the justice system required.
  • Experience working with local youth or court-involved youth preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of positive youth development preferred.
  • For this role, COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of the job. 

Annual Salary: $40,000.00

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.
Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services.


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