The Mentoring Program is designed to have trained mentors guide, support and inspire participants in the Towards Employment Pathways to Work Program (P2W). The goal of the mentors will be to help the all participants develop the attitudes and skills needed to become successful in their personal and professional lives. The Mentoring Program seeks to empower individuals to make better life choices and overcome personal and employment barriers that will enable them to succeed.

The P2W program connects returning citizens to career pathways in in-demand sectors. P2W will develop new career pathways for returning citizens in the fields of manufacturing, culinary/hospitality, and construction. This will be done by incorporating evidence-based practices into existing services including: integrated risk and work readiness assessments, the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), enhanced basic skills bridge programming, enhanced mentoring services, and expanded work experience opportunities.

Cleveland’s returning citizen population has high barriers to employment and varied work experiences, so P2W will be adapted locally to focus on foundational and semi-skilled occupations, but is flexible enough to allow individuals to enter the pathway at the point which best fits their education, skills and career goals. The goal is to surround each individual with critical supportive services and training to enable them to gain employment footholds and advance over time in family-sustaining careers.
Mentor Role
• Take the lead in supporting participants through ongoing, one-on-one mentoring
• Serve as a source of support and a positive role model by modeling desirable behaviors
• Build the relationship with mentee by planning and participating in activities together
• Build self-esteem and motivation
• Help with goal setting and the achievement process
• Establish appropriate boundaries with mentee
• Provide regular updates to Towards Employment P2W Mentor Coordinator

Time Commitment
• Must be willing to meet with mentee face-to-face a minimum of one hour per month over a minimum long term commitment of six months
• In addition to your in-person monthly meeting, communicate with your mentee a minimum of once per month by telephone or email to keep abreast of progress or set-backs
• Attend an initial mentor orientation and training along with additional training sessions during each year of participation in the program
• Attend mentor/mentee group events, support groups and program recognition events as available

Mentor Requirements
• 21 years of age and older
• Prefer a minimum education of a two-year trade school or some college but open to other education backgrounds
• Valid identification
• Submit to application, screening process and a background check
• No arrests or felony convictions within the past three years (individuals with a sex offense, other than prostitution, are prohibited from being mentors)
• Open to working with people from diverse backgrounds with criminal histories
• Adhere to all program policies and procedures
• Dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments

Desirable Qualities
• Willing and active listener
• Encouraging and supportive
• Patient and flexible
• Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
• Ability to take constructive feedback to improve the mentoring relationship
• Ability to practice problem solving skills to suggest solutions/alternatives
• Achieved stability and satisfaction in professional and personal life

Benefits
• Personal fulfillment through contribution to individual and community
• Satisfaction in helping mentee mature, progress and achieve goals
• Training sessions and group activities
• Participation in a mentor support group
• Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the mentor/mentee match succeed

We encourage all people without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, marital status, disability, or draft status to apply.

Apply here.

For more information, contact Sam Awad, Mentor Coordinator sawad@towardsemployment.org

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