- Title: Senior Mentor
- Type: Coach / Instructor / Activity Leader
- Employer: The Challenge
- Salary: 1,100 for 26 day role and 1,500 for 35 day role
The Challenge Network is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is a programme that brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local community. In 2012, 10,000 young people across London, the West Midlands and the North West will take part in The Challenge, for an intensive three-week summer programme followed by four weekends in the autumn.
The Challenge Programme
We bring together sixteen-year-olds from across a community and challenge them to connect with people from different backgrounds, learn key skills for the workplace, and make a difference in their community. They achieve this by completing three challenges:
• The Personal Challenge: Socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities.
. The Team Challenge: Teams return home and use their skills to experience serving the local community.
• The Real Challenge: Teams work to design and organise activities that will bring the local community together. The Real Challenge Design takes part during the last part of the summer programme and the Real Challenge Action takes place over four weekends in September.
All young people who complete The Challenge graduate from our programme and are directed into year-round volunteering and social action opportunities through The Challenge Society.
Role Title: Team Mentor
Duration: Four or six weeks during the summer plus eight weekend days in September (26 or 35 days)
Pay: The compensation for this contract role is £1,100 for the 26-day role and £1,500 for the 35-day role.
Description: The Team Mentor is responsible for supporting teams of young people through The Challenge programme. These are passionate individuals with an interest in young people who are ready for a demanding role as part of an intensive summer programme. Two of the weeks will involve staying and working residentially, two of the weeks and all eight weekend days are in the community.
The Team Mentor supports the Senior Mentor in inspiring and developing two or three teams of twelve sixteen-year-olds through the Team and Real Challenges. The Team Mentor reports to the Programme Leader.
This role is suitable for a dynamic and confident person with experience of leading groups of young people, who is able to motivate them and command their respect.
A single programme lasts three weeks and the Team Mentor works on two or three programmes for their second and third weeks (The Team Challenge and The Real Challenge Design). The Team Mentor lives with and supports participants during The Team Challenges in university accommodation and commutes from home during The Real Challenges. All meals are provided in The Team Challenge, and lunch only is provided in The Real Challenge Design.
In September, the Team Mentor works on the Real Challenge Action, working with two of your teams teams (one on Saturdays and one on Sundays) over four weekends to deliver a project that brings their community together.
The Real Challenge Action takes place on 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 September 2012. The Team Mentor must attend all dates.
The Team Mentor will:
• Work with a Senior Mentor by supporting the personal development of two or three teams of twelve participants each; ensuring their safety and assisting their wellbeing.
• Support two teams over four consecutive weekends in September as they prepare and deliver their project to bring the community together.
Skills Required: Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:
• Ability to motivate and command respect of a group of twelve young people
• The ability to listen to others and help them reflect on their own thoughts and feelings
• Energy and enthusiasm to serve as a role model for a diverse group of young people
• The persistence and flexibility to thrive in a fluid and demanding environment.
• Experience working directly with young people either in voluntary or paid capacity
• Experience in a residential youth environment
Special Instructions: Apply online and upload CV.
Closing Date: 30.03.2012