DSHS Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Mentor Program – Volunteer Mentors, open until filled

Position: Volunteer mentor
Open to: All law students
Time commitment: 10 hours per month, one-year commitment
Location: King County
Application Process: Send a cover letter and resume to the contact below
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Wiley G Carter Jr, Mentor Program Coordinator, wiley.carter@dshs.wa.gov, 206-639-6021. For more information about the program, visit the DSHS website.

Are you interested in learning about the juvenile justice system? The Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Mentor Program is seeking community volunteers to mentor youth in the juvenile justice system. You can make a difference as a leader in your community to change the life of a youth. Volunteer now! The program’s mission is to increase juvenile offender’s options for successful re-entry to their community from the juvenile institution by pairing them with a caring adult.

The Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration is a mentoring program for incarcerated youth living in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island County. Our goal is to increase juvenile offenders options and to give support for successful re-entry to their community from the juvenile institutions by matching the youth with a community volunteer mentor.

The mentor helps the youth set goals, empowers the youth to help recognize his/her individual talents and offers guidance and support to help the youth lead a drug and crime free lifestyle.

The mentor is asked to meet with the youth at least once a month while he or she is still in the institution. Once the youth is back in the community, the mentor meets with the youth at least once a week.

The mentors are asked to attend an initial training and bi-monthly seminars. The training and seminars are designed to help the mentor broaden their options and knowledge when working with their assigned mentee. Call today to schedule your training.

Orientation, training and case management support is provided. Other mentors have found this to be an excellent opportunity to help parole youth and learn about the juvenile justice system. Research shows that youth with a mentors make a difference with this population.

Mentors must attend a training, submit to a criminal background and three personal references. They need to be at least 21 years of age. Mentors participate in an orientation, training and monthly support group. Successful mentors use good judgment, are good listeners, nonjudgmental and open-minded about differences. Mentors must commit to spending an average of 1 hour per week with their match for at least 1 year.

For more information about the program, visit the DSHS website or contact Wiley G Carter Jr. at 206-639-6021 or wiley.carter@dshs.wa.gov.