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Join the SPARK mentor team!

Do you like to work with teens and tweens? Are you good at building relationships with people from all walks of life? Do you have some skills and passions that you would like to share? Are you interested and willing to try new things? Do you want to have a lasting impact on the lives of our area’s youth? Then this may be a great opportunity for you!

SPARK (Student Pathways to Adventure, Resilience, and Knowledge) is an after-school and summer program that aims to reduce and prevent substance use amongst teens (12-18) by teaching life-skills and getting them excited about other things in life. We offer (or plan to offer) programming in outdoor adventure activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, and kayaking; outdoor recreation like fishing and archery; arts such as painting, drawing, and pottery; performing arts; sports ranging from basketball to baaga’adowewin (traditional lacrosse); music; traditional skills and crafts… and of course, plenty of dodgeball, kickball and capture the flag.

We have several openings for youth mentors who work directly with our students, leading and facilitating activities, teaching life-skills, helping resolve conflicts, listening, sharing, modeling positive interactions and relationships. Youth mentors will also be involved in logistics and planning, meal and snack preparation and other things that come up as needed to offer fun, safe programs for our kids. This program offers a lot of flexibility based on the interests of our students. Really, the sky is the limit. What can you bring to the table?

Responsibilities and Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of effective methods of managing, caring and promoting positive behaviors with children.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; ability to communicate with co-workers; community
    stakeholders; parents; children.
  • Knowledge of child development (specific to ages 12-18)
    Physical requirements:
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time while performing duties.
  • Ability to drive.
  • Light lifting.
  • Ability to work out in the field.
  • Ability to participate in active outdoor games and activities
  • Requires physical demands such as seeing, hearing, and color perception to make judgments both in the office and out in the field.
  • Able to bend, kneel, crouch or crawl.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Build trusting, caring relationships with youth
  • Facilitate activities that promote their physical and intellectual development
  • Assist in the coordination of creating, planning and maintaining of a safe and healthy learning environment for students during program hours
  • Utilize positive strategies to support the social and emotional development of all the students
  • Provide tutoring to youth participating in after school program
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as requested by the Brighter Futures Initiative grant coordinator
  • Implement activities as planned. Lead, assist, and act as a role-model participant in both active and sedentary indoor and outdoor
    lessons, games and activities; supervise students during activities.
  • Ensure a friendly and supportive atmosphere is maintained by developing appropriate strategies to support children in managing
    their behavior.
  • Ability to work evening and/or weekend hours
  • Must be able to pass a criminal and caregiver background check

Valuable Skills and Mindset

  • Ability to recognize and avoid unnecessary power struggles with youth
  • Experience with and ability to lead children/youth activities (not mandatory but preferred)
  • Experience or understanding of Restorative Practices and/or Restorative Justice
  • Knowledge of youth/children programs (not mandatory but preferred)
  • Demonstrate problem solving ability.
  • Ability to use various sports equipment for programs.

Work Schedule, Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a part time, grant funded, limited term position working 10-30 hrs/wk.
  • Work hours and days vary based on programming hours and preparation needs. Hours could include weekdays and weekends from 8a-8p
  • The current compensation for this position ranges from $9.50- $14.00/ hr depending on experience and skills.

Organization Details

SPARK- Student Pathways to Adventure, Resilience and Knowledge 630 Sanborn Ave Ashland, Wisconsin 54806 Website

Number of Position Openings: 3