The Peer Mentoring Program (PMP) delivers a 12-week curriculum designed to empower women, who are 180 days pre-release at Taconic and Bedford Hills NYS Correctional Facilities in Westchester County, and NYC’s Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island, to set educational, career and reentry goals and develop individualized action plans through skill-development; college and career awareness; financial literacy; and connection to resources. In addition, mentees are matched with mentors who will provide guidance to help them navigate the reentry process as well as support focused on achieving higher education goals. CCF’s Peer Mentoring Program is designed to link women to CCF’s Academic Support and Career Advancement Programs post-release.
The Mentoring Associate will support the coordination and implementation of CCF’s Peer Mentoring Program, including participant recruitment and training; the delivery of a 12-week workshop curriculum; partnership development and management with organizations that address mentees’ reentry needs; and ongoing supervision of mentors to promote high-quality relationships and interactions to ensure mentees’ seamless transition from pre-release to our post-release services.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
-Visit each facility on a scheduled recurring basis to facilitate workshops that equip mentees with the information, skills and tools needed to develop and implement individualized career and educational action plans
-Manage a caseload of mentee/mentor matches
-Recruit, screen, onboard, and provide ongoing support and supervision to both mentors and mentees throughout the mentorship
-Maintain accurate service data entry and goal-tracking detailing the progress of each mentoring match; keep -CCF’s program database (Salesforce) updated
-Identify and develop partnerships and systems for referrals with organizations that provide services that address mentee reentry needs
-Work with other direct service staff to ensure that CCF maintains a current and viable referral resource guide to assist mentees in accessing services not currently offered by CCF
-Conduct frequent in-person information and recruiting sessions at delivery sites; conduct in-person visits 1-4 times per year to Albion Correctional Facility
-Support Peer Mentoring Program’s operational processes, including data management, partnership referrals, and supplies procurement
-A Bachelor’s Degree and 2-3 years of related experience in social services, counseling, education, or related field; OR an Associate Degree with 3-5 years of experience
-Strong group presentation and facilitation skills and experience delivering curriculum (including therapeutic group, workshop, and classroom settings)
-Requires willingness to frequently travel to and be inside correctional facilitates and occasionally work nontraditional hours, including some evenings and weekends