Mentor

The application to be a Mentor is now open!

Are you passionate about learning from and amplifying youth voices? Do you want to be a part of a collaborative community?  If so, then being a mentor might be right for you! A mentor will encourage, listen, engage, support and accompany youth as they find their way through life. At tSB we value vulnerability and encourage you to share your lived experiences within your comfort level.

Responsibilities:

  • Motivate and encourage youth and maintain a safe environment for all participants in training sessions and workshops
  • Be present during meetings, monitor progress and report any issues or concerns to staff
  • Be willing to hold space for hard conversations, listen to challenges and prioritize self-esteem among youth participants
  • Be compassionate and share your experience as needed to encourage youth
  • Collaborate with program staff to help manage program activities

Qualifications:

  • Passion for the Service Board’s mission and Core Values
  • Has excellent communication skills and enjoys both one-on-one and group interactions
  • Previous experience, or an interest in community building and mentoring youth is preferred
  • A history of following through with commitments and the ability to communicate last-minute changes or needs to staff directly
  • Comfortable with some level of ambiguity and willingness to show up with an open mind
  • Experience setting personal boundaries and practicing self-care

Time Commitment and tSB Events:

Our Core Program will look a little different this year. After much consideration and a lot of community conversations, we have decided to make some changes. This year’s Core Program will be four months long, beginning in late January and ending in mid-May. We believe this change will provide more flexibility for all of our participants and allow youth to participate in other extracurricular activities.

  •  Attend volunteer trainings in January prior to Core Program
  • Attend 80% of Core Program meetings between January and early May, including:
    • Weekly Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Weekly Saturdays 7am – 4pm for Snowboarding (winter)
    • Weekly Saturdays 10am – 2pm for Service Projects in the community (spring)
  • Attend two overnight retreats, one in January and one in May
  • Attend Core Program graduation in the spring (will take place on a Sat from 11am – 2pm)
  • Coordinate two small-group activities outside of Core Program dates with fellow Mentors (Family Group Activities)

Benefits:

  • Build a network of supportive, lifelong relationships with peers and support youth in the community
  • Increase your professional, interpersonal, and leadership skills through free training and experience the support of experienced staff
  • Learn the inner-workings of a community based organization rooted in social justice to become an effective advocate for yourself and others
  • All meals (in accordance with dietary restrictions), equipment and supplies provided during program participation
  • Mileage can be reimbursed for use of personal vehicle usage for the program at the volunteer reimbursement rate of 14 cents per mile
  • Opportunities to access outdoor industry deals on gear, services and training through a variety of partners in our network
  • Snowboarding gear, lift tickets, and transportation provided for Saturday on-mountain days (gear to be returned to tSB at the conclusion of Core Program)

Reports to: Program Manager

Apply now for the 2023 season

Application Deadline: December 1st

COVID Safety

the Service Board (tSB) is constantly monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic closely. tSB’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and programming are subject to change as public health recommendations change. tSB will follow CDC guidelines and Washington State’s Safe Start Plan for COVID-19

All participants, volunteers, and staff must always wear masks when participating during in-person tSB activity. (Participants will be provided with a mask and hand sanitizer if needed). tSB will have a check-in procedure checklist for each in-person outdoor trip and activity.