Mentorship Program In Jamaica | Joy Town Community Development Foundation
by Joy Town Foundation
Joy Town has been working in Trench Town since 2001, delivering various human and social intervention programmes and general training and support to the Trench Town and surrounding communities (Rose Town, Hannah Town, Denham Town, Tivoli Gardens).
We are currently recruiting mentors ages 18 and over to mentor the youngsters of the Taking Charge of Your Future programme (TCYF). TCYF is a one year specialized education and behaviour modification intervention for youngsters 7 - 12 years old, who have educational and behavioural challenges and have been expelled from school or are on the verge of being expelled from school because of these challenges.
Prospective mentors will receive training from Joy Town Community Development Foundation (JTCDF). After training, mentors will be paired with a youngster for one year of mentorship. Please see the Mentor Job Description below.
Interested persons may register here or may call our office at 876 648-7359 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joy Town - Mentor Job Description
Title: Volunteer Mentor, Joy Town Community Development Foundation (JTCDF)
A Mentor (Caring and Supportive Adult) with the JTCDF’s Taking Charge of Your Future (TCYF) programme is a caring, responsible, adult volunteer who serves as a trusted friend and guide to a student from TCYF programme.
She/he helps to ensure that the student develops important academic and life skills and is also exposed to new opportunities as well as a wide array of resources.
The Caring & Supportive Adult (CASA) helps their protégé/mentee make positive life choices, stay in school, and graduate with a plan for pursuing post-secondary education or gainful employment.
The Mentor’s (CSA’s) Responsibility to Protégé/Mentee
Every Volunteer Mentor (CASA) must:
- Honour all commitments made to the protégé and JTCDF.
- Be respectful of the protégé’s time, opinions, and decision-making.
- Serve as a positive role model by modelling desirable behaviours—e.g. patience, tolerance, positively handling differences of opinions and reflective listening.
- Be relaxed and able to establish appropriate boundaries with the protégé and his or her family.
- Be encouraging and supportive of the protégé.
- Reinforce the need for setting goals and life planning to complete high school and go on to college or work.
Responsibility to JTCDF Programme
Every Volunteer Mentor must:
- Check-in with the programme coordinator once a month.
- Attend on-going training when needed or requested to do so by programme coordinator.
- Complete evaluation surveys as requested by staff.
- Maintain mentee’s confidentiality while being aware of the need to report issues as required by the law.
- Be quick to seek organization's support in addressing any problems arising in the mentor- mentee relationship.
- Be patient and understand the mentoring relationship is a process that takes work and time.
Make a one-year commitment.
- Be able to commit to spending at least one year in a relationship with a student from the TCYF Programme in a one-to-one relationship.
- Spend a minimum of two hours per month in a face-to-face meeting.
- Communicate with their protégés weekly—by telephone or email—to keep in touch about what is going on in their lives.
- Attend quarterly meetings of two – three hours duration
- Attend the initial training session, as well as three additional training sessions for the period.
- Attend mentee recognition events (eg. Prizegiving and Graduation) if at all possible.
The ideal volunteer will possess the following qualities:
- Willing listener
- Encouraging and supportive
- Patient and flexible
- Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
Benefits to Mentor
- Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual
- Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
- Gain deeper understanding of teen and societal problems
- Improved interpersonal skills
- Contribute to changing the direction of the nation
- Receive training support to help you become a successful mentor
- Participation in a mentor support group
- Personal support, supervision to help the match succeed
- Mentee/mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition
All volunteer Mentors must:
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Fully complete and submit an application, 2-character references (non-family), and a copy of a photo ID, show proof of insurance if they drive.
- Pass a criminal background check
- Complete and application form
- Successfully complete an interview for a mentor position with JTCDF, and
- Exhibit a genuine concern for the youth population
Camille Johnson (Ms.)
Joy Town Community Development Foundation
4 1/2 Camp Road, Kingston 4
Tel. 876 648-7359/542-4776