As a Youth Mentor, you fill a number of roles in a young person’s life. Youth Mentors often act as nonjudgmental confidants for a child. Youth Mentors offer advice and help guide kids and teens to better outcomes. They hold children accountable by ensuring that they fulfill their commitments, such as attending school and required meetings. Often, Youth Mentors advocate for their children during legal proceedings.
Often, Youth Mentors create plans aimed at addressing specific issues in a child’s life. This can include formulating anger management strategies, teaching conflict resolution methods, and crafting strategies to help children work through emotional issues. Youth Counselors also teach kids and teens things like personal hygiene, getting along with people, and other life skills.
§ Listen to students’ concerns about academic, emotional, or social problems.
§ Help students process their problems and plan goals and actions.
§ Mediate conflict between students and teachers.
§ Improve parent/teacher relationships.
§ Assist with college applications, jobs, and scholarships.
§ Facilitate drug and alcohol prevention programs.
§ Organize peer counseling programs.
§ Refer students to psychologists and other mental health resources.
§ Work on academic boards to improve learning conditions.