Youth Policy Institute

Mentor Coordinator - YSED

US-CA-Los Angeles
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# of Openings
Social Services
Job Type
Regular Full-Time


Youth Policy Institute is current seeking a Mentor Coordinator to oversee its mentorship component at its Hollywood and Pico Union Youth Centers. The Mentor Coordinator is responsible for implementation of the mentorship program which includes outreach and recruitment of mentors, facilitating mentor training, facilitating mentoring activities with mentees/mentors, and matching youth to mentors, among other tasks. The mentor component serves youth that have previous involvement with the juvenile justice system, or are at-risk of involvement and who are in need of mentoring specific to academic and career success.


  • Provide direct coordination of mentor program that serves youth enrolled in YPI programming.
  • Conduct outreach and recruitment of potential mentors; attend networking events, conduct presentations and establish partnership with local businesses, organizations and colleges/universities to target potential mentors.
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteer presenters to share information regarding different career pathways to youth enrolled in mentor component.
  • Screen and assess potential mentors for suitability for the program through background checks and interviews.
  • Facilitate specialized training of new mentors at various YPI locations.
  • Maintain and update Volunteer Mentor Handbook as needed.
  • Coordinate with YPI’s Human Resource staff to screen potential mentors through the YPI volunteer process.
  • Maintain appropriate data and files of mentors and matches with mentees.
  • Coordinate mentoring programming in areas that include positive youth development workshops and activities, individual and small group mentoring activities, service projects, volunteer opportunities and relationship building for mentors/mentees.
  • Supervise on-going mentor/mentee relationship, including management of mentee reporting and providing mentor support.
  • Address any concerns about mentor conduct or conflict.
  • Plan and execute quarterly mentor contuining education and support meetings.
  • Support mentoring retention efforts by consistently monitoring and evaluating the mentor/mentee matches.
  • Coordinate and facilitate bi-weekly mentoring activities; coordinate guest speakers for career exposure and facilitate mentor/mentee specific activities.
  • Work closely with other program staff to encourage youth to become involved in mentoring and connecting the mentoring component with other program services, such as job training and placement.
  • Participate in staff meetings, monthly trainings, department programs, professional development trainings as required.
  • Meet individual and programmatic benchmarks and outputs.
  • Attend/coordinate community events, forums, and other events that relate to the goals and objects of the program.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with students, parents, school, community, worksites, and partners.
  • Assist in development and coordination of special assignments and programs.
  • Report all data into Management Information Systems (MIS), when applicable, and other data collection sources in a timely manner.
  • Complete required reports and update Program Manager in a weekly, bi-weekly, and/or monthly basis.
  • Follow staff program manual as well as enforce youth program manual.
  • Maintain a professional attitude, participant confidentiality, and respect cultural differences.
  • Handle crisis and/or emergency situations as needed.
  • Complete all other duties as assigned.


  • This position is grant funded. It will end if future federal Face Forward grant funding is not received by the Youth Policy Institute (YPI). While there is no guarantee that future Face Forward grant funding will be received by YPI, it is worthy to note that YPI has received grant funding since 2015.


  • Must be available to work four day shifts (9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and one evenings during the week (11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) as well as some first Saturday of the month.  No exceptions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field required; extensive work experience may substitute degree.
  • One year experience with mentorship programs strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience working in a non-profit environment preferred.
  • Experience working with youth from at-risk environments strongly preferred.
  • Have a commitment to working with juvenile justice court-involved youth and an understanding of the potential value of mentoring for this population.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to get along with people diverse backgrounds and the expertise to help mentors and mentees address and overcome problems and build trusting relationships.
  • Excellent presentation skills; must be comfortable with public speaking, must have the ability to communicate information clearly to audience in small and large group settings.
  • Administrative and organizational skills, including the ability to maintain orderly records and files, track and keep appointments and respond promptly to phone messages and emails.
  • A positive and flexible personality, contributing to the ability to work well with other program staff and respond calmly and thoughtfully to a highly stressful situations.
  • Expertise in program design.
  • Good decision making skills regarding participant service delivery and liability.
  • Ability to provide leadership and coordination of day-to-day programming.
  • Must have independent judgment and problem solving ability.
  • Ability to work under general supervision, self-starter, ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Superior computer and organizational skills with significant experience in Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation to arrive to work site at scheduled time consistently and for frequent travel between sites. If applicable, will be required to present current California driver license, proof of acceptable driving record (DMV H-6 printout), and liability auto insurance.
  • Ability to travel between sites for meetings and business purposes.
  • Must pass a criminal background check (Live Scan fingerprinting) prior to beginning employment with children.
  • Must present proof of negative Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux) prior to beginning employment dated within 60 days prior to start date.
  • Bilingual; English/Spanish preferred.
  • Able to work evenings and some weekends.


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