Mentors (Elk River YMCA)

Elk River, MN
Dec 05, 2012
Jan 04, 2013
Post until 11/30/2013
Job Type
Employment Status

Mentors Inspiring Success Program  


The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

The Mentors Inspiring Success Program is a collaboration between the Elk River YMCA and Sherburne County, and funded through OJJDP.  The goal of MISP is to assist children (ages 6-17) involved with the foster care system by establishing a close connection with an adult through a mentoring relationship.  In the short term, the program will prevent foster care placements, transition children out of foster care and prevent children from re-entry into the foster care system.  In the long-term, children will develop the life skills necessary to become successful adults who are not reliant on the social services or justice systems.  


  • Meet once a week with your mentee for one year’s time
  • Meetings might vary between 1-5 hours at a time and may be community-based events and activities (such as: seeing a movie, having a meal together, participating in a sporting event, going to the YMCA to attend a class, etc) or monthly events put on by the Mentors Inspiring Success Program.
  • Be on time for scheduled meetings with your mentee
  • Act in accordance with program policies and procedures
  • Keep open communication with your mentee/mentee family, as well as with program staff
  • Attend on-going mentor training sessions twice a year (no cost to you)


  • be at least 19 years of age
  • commit to a minimum of one in-person visit per week lasting at least one hour with the mentee for 1:1 mentoring
  • complete the screening procedure including a background check
  • have access to an automobile or reliable transportation
  • have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse
  • be free of any felony convictions within the past seven years
  • be encouraging and supportive
  • be patient and flexible
  • be accepting and respectful of individual differences

BENEFITS:  Free YMCA Membership!

Please contact Allyssa Mashak, MISP Mentor Coordinator for more information and an application at 763-230-2823 and/or allyssa.mashak@ymcatwincities.org