Definition/Objective of Mentoring Services:
The mentoring service is provided on a one-to-one basis to youth referred through the various entities Mentors/providers assist in the transition process as clients relocate from a secure facility to the community, group home, independent living or less restrictive setting. Mentors/Providers, when available, will provide services in a prompt manner. Mentors provide support, guidance and positive role-modeling. In addition, mentors are trained to connect clients to community resources. Mentors act as advocates for clients who are in need of guidance and provide opportunities for social and individual growth. Mentors engage clients in trusting relationships which fosters the development of strengths, interests, goals and needs. Mentors act as a conduit between the clients, their families and the community to build strong, healthy relationships and promote progress. Mentors also act as mandatory reporters in compliance with state and federal regulations and are fluent with the laws regarding Chapter 51 commitments, abuse and neglect.
Mentor Demographics and Criteria:
Running Rebels Community Organization has a large, knowledgeable, diverse staff of providers who come from many different disciplines and backgrounds. All of our providers are a minimum of 21 years of age, have experience working with at-risk youth, and a general understanding of our agency’s and contractors’ goals in servicing clients and their families. Providers must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, own vehicle to be able to transport clients and must pass a stringent back-ground check. Once a provider is accepted and approved for services, they undergo training, which includes reporting monthly for on-going training and in-services. RRCO has an internal training process which closely monitors the providers. We evaluate the employee’s skills, documentation, reliability and character.
The working hours for providers vary and are determined by case managers, providers and supervisors. Our providers understand that they are on-call to respond to crisis situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mentors are available evenings, weekends and on short notice. They are required to have a mobile phone and will provide the number to the client, supports, case managers and probation officers. Mentors will make themselves available to attend transitional meetings as scheduled by the families, case managers and probation officers. Mentors agree to meet with the clients while they are in confinement to build a relationship before he/she is released.
Mentor/Provider Role Description:
A mentor is a positive role-model and advocate for the client and his/her family or support system. Providers are matched with clients based on the needs and interests of the person with whom the service is being provided. In addition to providing mentoring services, a provider may assist clients in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, positive recreation, social skills, peer and family relationship building, goal setting, daily living skills, independent living skills, job research and retention, education and compliance of probation/parole.