The Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement Rising, a program of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, is currently hiring a part-time group facilitator. The facilitator works with volunteer mentors to conduct Wellness Mentoring Circles (WMC) with students in a middle school setting. The group mentoring sessions, which are for males only, are led by two facilitators. This is an annual contract position.
Facilitators will provide support, tracking, and implementation of The Rising program in 2 schools in Seattle. Lead and facilitate 2 weekly Rising groups during the school-day, utilizing the A New Way Forward Curriculum, participate in weekly team development meetings based on the curriculum .
Duties and Responsibilities
Reports to The Seattle CARES Executive director
Leads in-class group mentoring by facilitating Wellness Mentoring Circles utilizing The Rising curriculum
Collaborates with CARES Executive Director and Rising Team on Pillar curriculum development.
Complete weekly WMC reporting protocols and ongoing tracking data collection utilizing CARES data base
Updates and Reviews Weekly Wellness Mentoring Circle lesson plans with CARES team and send to Rising mentors
Be present for all WMC Pillar Lesson planning and mentor trainings
Assure group mentors have session lessons
Assist with end of pillar mentor training
Review student surveys
Have excellent written and oral communication skills
Bachelor of Arts Degree (Preferred master’s degree in human services or related field) , successful experience in working with elementary and adolescent students with social – emotional behavioral challenges , strong collaboration and communication skills , and ability to be flexible in response to individual student needs preferred.
Computer skills and knowledge of the most current Microsoft applications
Ability to work flexible weekly schedule
Commitment to diversity and all other values and ideals upheld by National CARES Mentoring Movement and Seattle Rising.
Workday and Compensation
This is a part-time position 10-15 hours per week.
Salary commensurate with experience
The Rising is an innovative curriculum-based group mentoring initiative that is underway in two Seattle middle schools: Denny International and Meany. The program targets 6th graders and works to create self-esteem and the critical thinking skills they need to succeed. Developed by the National CARES Mentoring Movement, The Rising was piloted in Chicago, Detroit and South Florida where it met with great success.
In Seattle, students meet weekly at their middle school in Wellness Mentoring Circles, facilitated by Seattle CARES-trained mentors and professionals. Community partners are brought in to offer wrap-around services for both children and their families. In 2018, King County’s Best Starts for Kids program awarded a three-year $300,000 grant to Seattle CARES to launch The Rising, and we hope to expand the program in 2019.
Since The Rising was launched nationwide in 2012, data have shown that young people who participate have made statistically significant gains in social skills and engage more in school. Youth were also shown to have more positive feelings about themselves and more hope for the future.
Last January, Seattle CARES launched the Our Best: Black Male Achievement Mentoring Campaign at a standing-room-only event at Seattle Central College’s Broadway Performance Hall. A few day’s earlier, SCC student Marvin Chapman saw the event flyer and was intrigued. He attended the launch and signed up to become one of the program’s very first mentors.
“I knew I was going to get involved with mentoring when I showed up that night,” said Chapman. “I was tired of hearing and talking about the problem. I wanted to be part of the solution.”
As a mentor assigned to M.U.S.T., one of our partner agencies, Chapman has experienced both the challenges and the rewards of mentoring. “There are lots of different situations out there that feel like a crisis to a young person,” he said. “You have to be able to stay calm and hear what they are saying. For me, one of the most rewarding things is seeing young guys navigate tough times. It’s great when you hear them say or do things they learned from you.”
Chapman did not have a mentor growing up, but he did learn positive behaviors from adults around him. Currently a computer science major, he hopes to earn enough money in his career so he can dedicate his energy to improving his community.
“I am a mentor because I want to do what I can to change the false narrative surrounding the black community,” said Chapman. “I feel as though the media perpetuates negative stereotypes while mass incarceration is removing strong male role models from our community. This causes youth to accept the images they see in the media as true and to act in certain ways.”
For Seattle CARES Executive Director Don Chapman, Marvin’s recruitment at the launch event was a touch of serendipity. “It’s fitting that the place where we held the launch event attracted one of its own students to get involved,” said Cameron. “Here is a young man attending that same college who wanted to become a mentor and he did — and a really good one at that!”
His name is Nick Abraham, but everyone calls him Coach Nick. For more than 35 years, he’s been a health, fitness, strength and conditioning trainer in the Seattle-Tacoma area, and uses that platform to mentor local youth. Recently, Coach Nick worked with the 4C Coalition, one of our local mentoring partners. There he met and in January stared working with Diontrae, a sixth-grader at the time.
In the beginning, Diontrae had severe anger issues at home and at school. His grades were well below average and he had a negative attitude toward life and himself. But he loved basketball and Coach Nick decided to spend a few days a week with him to workout at a local gym.
At first there was little progress and little conversation, but eventually the relationship warmed and the friendship grew. By the end of the summer, Diontrae’s attitude and school attendance had improved dramatically. This year, his grades are all A’s and B’s. Best of of all, he has taken responsibility for his decisions and behavior. Several of Diontrae’s teachers remarked that he is a joy to have in class.
Mentors make a difference. Of kids who receive mentoring: