Mentor Corps Fellow: Big Cousin
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN
JOB TITLE: Mentor Corps Fellow: Big Cousin
REPORTS TO: Director of Youth Leadership and Engagement
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: No
FLSA STATUS: Part-time, non-exempt
SALARY: $13.50/hour (20 hours/week)
LOCATION: Metro Nashville/Davidson County
BIGGER AND BETTER TOGETHER
For over 50 years Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee has served young people in the Middle TN region. Our work supports our belief that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and youth (Littles). Through our commitment to quality and innovation, and the passion we have for our work, we develop and sustain positive, life-changing relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of our youth and the adults who mentor them.
Our Mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. As noted by our Vision, we are driven by a future in which all youth achieve their full potential.
We want people of all backgrounds to see themselves represented and included in our work, so we actively seek to diversify our team and bring more voices to the table. We know that teams perform at their highest when they feel supported and that they belong. Each of our team members bring unique perspectives and skills and we are committed to building a culture where voices are heard, differences are celebrated, and everyone has the opportunity to do meaningful work. We are bigger and better together!
About the Role
Day to day: As a youth serving agency, we work at the request of the young people enrolled in our programs to find them the mentors that they want and need – mentors that can ignite and empower their promise and potential. In order to meet the needs of our clients – the youth we serve, we have launched a new initiative: The Mentor Corps Fellowship. The Mentor Corps Fellowship is a paid, paraprofessional fellowship that seeks to multiply the impact of highly-sought-after mentors by matching them 1-to-1 with multiple Littles in our program(s) and to eliminate the need for our clients to wait before experiencing the benefits of BBBS mentoring.
To this end, we are excited to be seeking candidates for the launch of a new BBBS mentoring program, Big Cousins. The Big Cousins program has been developed to respond to our Black and Brown Littles’ most frequent request: Bigs who truly relate to their experiences as Boys and Young Men of Color and who understand what it’s like to walk in their shoes.
Using a near-peer mentoring model, a Big Cousin provides one-to-one mentoring to each member of a team of Littles during the pre-match period in our community-based program. Through meaningful, engaging, and culturally competent virtual interactions with each Little weekly and twice-monthly group activities inspired by their team, a Big Cousin will:
- Build healthy relationships with each Little to promote positive development,
- Create a sense of belonging on their “teams” by supporting peer relationships, personal growth, and encouraging the voice of each Little to lead in the process of creating and designing activities for engagement.
- Engage with each Little weekly via virtual mentoring platforms.
- Find ways to cultivate and amplify youth voice on your team.
- Twice a month, facilitate safe, entertaining, and engaging group activities inspired and/or planned by your team of Littles through various mentoring platforms for activities; not limited to: video gaming, outdoor sports, and designated social media.
- Develop activities to help expose youth to new connections and experiences.
- Be a supportive, positive role model.
- Exhibit open and affirming behavior and active listening.
- Apply best practices for child safety, interaction, and engagement with Littles
- Acknowledge Littles strengths, talents, and gifts and encourage them to find ways to use them.
- Display enthusiasm, patience, and understanding of Littles
- Maintain positive and productive relationships with parents.
- Participate in monthly match support with BBBS staff and accept coaching, feedback and training as needed
- Highlight the accomplishments and celebrate your Littles on designated and approved social media.
This Job May Be For You…..
- Men of Color between ages 18-24, (near-peer mentoring model)
- Previous experience mentoring in some capacity, e.g. school setting, neighborhood, sports team, younger family member
- Willingness to provide emotional, social, and practical support within limits
- Cultural competence
- Knowledge of one’s boundaries and ability to set limits with others
- A commitment to the BBBS mission and core values
- Completed background check and training (criminal background will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Criminal record will not automatically disqualify applicants.)
- Ambitious and goal driven
- Healthy identifiable lifestyle
- Commitment to serve through the end of June 2021
- Ability to allocate 20 hours to program requirements
- Availability nights and weekends
This is a part-time position which does not include benefits.
How to Apply
To see more of the impact we are making: http://www.mentorakid.org
If this sounds like the position and organization for you…
Please submit a resume to with “Your Name – Mentor Corps Fellow: Big Cousins” in the subject line. Please include in the email your response to the following question: Why is mentoring important?
No phone calls please. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Big Brothers Big sisters of Middle Tennessee celebrates diversity and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
- Date Posted: October 29, 2020
- Type: Part-Time
- Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
- Service Area: Children / Youth
- Salary Range: 13.50/hour
- Working Hours: 20 hrs/wk