Nest Program Mentor

Summary

Volunteer Reports to Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteers will receive training to become mentors in our Nest Program, with the goal of strengthening families and preventing child abuse.  The Nest Program is designed to support families struggling with child management issues either due to a parent or child’s mental health, family trauma or other stressful circumstances that make parenting difficult.  Mentors will be asked to connect with their assigned family every week. 

Activities may include:

  • Providing emotional support
  • Helping parents identify their own and their child’s strengths
  • Increasing parental discipline options
  • Improving social skills
  • Helping families enjoy spending time together

Requirements

  • Must complete FEC Volunteer Form and Background Check
  • Must present a professional appearance and a friendly manner
  • Must be dependable and punctual
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of Family Enhancement Center volunteers, partners, and donors 
  • Computer skills are desired, but not necessary
  • Provide support based on the suggested activities provided and mentor training
  • Record time spent with families (software) 
  • Check-in with clients (WEEKLY)
  • Be a resource of problem-solving for challenges around child-care, transportation, parenting advice and family focused activities.
  • Monthly supervision/support groups with the Volunteer Coordinator. 
  • Maintain confidentiality of participants.  
  • Clear communication with the family and Volunteer Coordinator. 

Training and Supervision

  • Initial “interview” and orientation with Volunteer Coordinator
  • Complete training provided, including in-person/zoom session with FEC staff and video options for coaching and support.
  • Training and supervision conducted by Volunteer Coordinator and FEC staff.

Time Commitment:

  • 6-10 hours a month and activity as determined 
  • Phone contact within reason. 

Contact:

Wendy Helgeson, wendy@mnpreventabuse.org

Carolyn Washington, carolyn@mnpreventabuse.org