Mentors Needed To Support At-Risk Youth in Douglas County!

Offer Valid: 07/11/2022 - 09/01/2022
Be The Difference. Be A Mentor!


  • Want to help at-risk children and youth get back on track toward success?

  • Interested in using behavioral science and mentorship to change lives?

  • Think you can help young people get to where you are today?

Center for Supportive Communities, an organization dedicated to creating equal opportunities and meaningful change, is searching for individuals to mentor elementary, middle, and high school students participating in our truancy diversion program, SupportED, during the 2022-23 school year. Join our team in tackling our nation's educational crisis. Help us infuse evidence-based practices in Douglas County to ensure students have equal opportunities to attend school and receive an education. Come change lives!

Position Dates

  • Option 1: August 22, 2022 – December 16, 2022 (fall semester)
  • Option 2: January 17, 2023 – May 12, 2023 (spring semester)
  • Option 3: August 22, 2022 – May 12, 2023 (full academic year; preferred)

 Time Requirements

Note. Mentoring meetings can occur on the weekends.

  • 5 hr/week (minimum time commitment)
  • 20 hr/week (maximum time commitment)

Position Description

Center for Supportive Communities is looking for compassionateintelligentmotivated, and skilled volunteers to serve as mentors for elementary, middle, and high school students participating in our SupportED program. If you are interested in making meaningful differences for children, youth, and families, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you! Additional clinical, research, and career exploration opportunities are available.

Center for Supportive Communities is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation in Lawrence, KS, and our SupportED program has been helping Douglas County children, youth, and families for over 40 years! SupportED is a diversion program for truant students attending school in Douglas County. Did you know that all Kansas children ages 5-16 are required by law to attend school and, if they don’t attend school, are subject to court involvement? We keep truant children and families out of court by pairing them with a caring adult mentor. But we can’t do it alone. We partner with Criminal Justice Services, the District Court, the District Attorney’s Office, Department for Children and Families, 32 public schools, the University of Kansas, and we hope to partner with YOU! Help us increase school attendance and engagement, divert families from court, build skills, repair relationships, inspire our future leaders, build back our schools and community, and prevent more severe issues such as school dropout and juvenile crime.

With the help of dedicated and passionate volunteers, we can empower the youth of today for a better tomorrow.


  1. Maintain a caseload of 1-4 children and youth (depending on time
  2. Conduct 1:1, weekly meetings in the community (virtual mentoring is available)
  3. Act as a caring, supportive, stable, and positive role model
  4. Assist in homework completion, problem-solving, social-emotional development, skills training, goal setting, and career exploration
  5. Implement a reinforcement-based intervention
  6. Facilitate weekly communication with the parents and school
  7. Monitor weekly attendance and grades
  8. Complete weekly documentation and progress reports
  9. Attend meetings with program supervisors
  10. Present at truancy review hearings with an Assistant District Attorney (if necessary)
  11. Uphold our organization's values
  12. Maintain a high degree of professionalism with all stakeholders



  1. High school diploma or equivalent degree
  2. Skilled in the following:
    • Executive functioning (e.g., organization, planning, self-monitoring, self-control, self-motivation, reliability, consequential thinking, time-management, and task initiation)
    • Interpersonal and social interactions (e.g., emotional intelligence, active listening, empathy, positivity, openness to feedback, social awareness, and social responsiveness)
    • Written and oral communication
    • Leadership
    • Professionalism
    • Advocacy
  3. Persistent in reaching out, patient in building trust, and consistent in communicating
  4. Cultural competence


  1. Background knowledge in a human-service field (e.g., applied behavior analysis, psychology, social work, social welfare, special education, or counseling) or juvenile law
  2. Experience working with children, youth, and families
  3. Experience tutoring or mentoring children and youth
  4. Proficiency in Microsoft® Office

Benefits & Perks

  • Quality training, supervision, and hands-on experience
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Training in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Training in relationship development, mentoring, assessment and treatment planning, behavior principles and interventions, parent training, professionalism, ethical and legal responsibilities, and mandated reporting
  • Supervised fieldwork experience
  • Certificate in service-learning
  • RBT, BCaBA, and BCBA supervision available
  • Professional development and networking
  • Opportunity to make meaningful differences for children and youth
  • Opportunity to give back to the community
  • Opportunity to explore potential career paths
  • Opportunity to work with a dedicated (and fun!) team of professionals
  • Letters of recommendation

 Application Process

  1. Complete our online application HERE.
  2. Pass a comprehensive background check
  3. Complete a health assessment and TB test
  4. Submit a copy of a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance (only for in-person mentoring)
  5. Submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination (only for in-person mentoring)
  6. Complete an interview with Center for Supportive Communities


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