Adult Mentors

We are still looking for Adult Mentors in Dillingham, Homer, Palmer, Pilot Station, Sitka, and Togiak. (Additional adult volunteers are welcome in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Seward, Sitka, and Yakutat.)

Join AYEA and become part of an inspiring, action-oriented network of people making Alaska a better place!

AYEA’s success relies on the positive support of our volunteer Adult Mentors!

Adult Mentors:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and out of high school
  • Must support youth voice and enjoy working with teenagers
  • Receive training, youth engagement, and action resources
  • Must commit to a background check for working with minors

Fill out this Background Check Authorization and return it to AYEA by fax or mail (715 L Street, Suite 12, Anchorage AK 99501)

Questions? Contact Program Manager Megan McBride (staff(at)ayea(.)org / 907-830-3022)


Adult Mentors (“AMs”) will carry out the following responsibilities:

Support their youth mentee

  • Provide support, reminders, and suggestions to help the YO fulfill all of their responsibilities (see list below)
  • Meet in person with the YO weekly to review completed tasks and set goals for upcoming week
  • Communicate weekly (if needed) by email , phone, or facebook to provide additional reminders/ encouragement

Participate in AYEA Leadership Trainings

  • AM must attend AYEA’s Fall Project Planning Summit (in Palmer, Aug/ Sept 2011)

Fundraise

  • AM will raise funds to cover 25-100% of their travel to AYEA trainings.
    Note: AYEA staff will provide fundraising support but will not be able to provide as many travel scholarships as we have in the past

Communicate with other Adult Mentors

  • Communicate as needed with the 9 other adult mentors, sharing ideas, asking each other for support and guidance, etc. The group will determine how they want to communicate with each other after the Fall Summit (facebook, teleconference, etc)

Communicate with AYEA staff

  • Check-in with AYEA Program Coordinator as needed to talk through project-hurdles and ask for feedback about working with youth

Evaluate their work

  • AMs will complete the online project evaluation survey when the project is completed

Adult Mentors (“AMs”) will receive the following benefits:

New skills

  • Coaching, mentoring, project planning, communicating with youth, youth development support, as well as skills relevant to their mentee’s project

Guaranteed spot in AYEA Leadership Training

  • AYEA’s Fall Project Planning Summit (in Palmer, Aug/ Sept 2011) includes sessions on holding effective meetings, working with the media, outreach, public speaking, etc
  • Adult-only sessions on how to support youth-led projects

Diverse connections to youth from across Alaska

  • AMs will build relationships with teens from diverse backgrounds (rural and urban), build cross-cultural understanding and learn about issues affecting their communities

Inspiration

  • Teenagers are some of the most inspiring people to work with. Promise.

Reference letters, job recommendations

  • Staff will provide letters of recommendation as requested for jobs, etc

Adult Mentors will support Youth Organizers (“YOs”) with the following YOUTH responsibilities:

Plan and lead a project under the theme of Wild Alaska Salmon

  • Eligible project types include but are not limited to the following: education, community organizing, scientific research, or policy change (school, tribal, community, state-level)
  • Project must be youth-led
  • Project must have adult supporter/ partner

Participate in AYEA Leadership Trainings

  • YO must attend AYEA’s Fall Project Planning Summit (in Palmer, Aug/ Sept 2011)
  • YO must either attend AYEA’s Civics & Conservation Summit OR nominate another teen to attend (held in Juneau, AK in March 2012)

Fundraise

  • Raise funds to cover 50-100% of travel expenses to AYEA trainings.
    Note: AYEA staff will provide fundraising support but will not be able to provide as many travel scholarships as we have in the past

Support each other

  • Communicate regularly with the 9 other YOs, sharing ideas, asking each other for support and guidance, etc. The group will determine how they want to communicate with each other after the Fall Summit (facebook, teleconference, etc)

Communicate with AYEA staff

  • Send monthly updates to AYEA Program Coordinator. 2-3 sentences about their work over the past month for staff to share in our e-newsletter, website, and facebook
  • Share photos at least every other month

Evaluate & document their work

  • Complete the online project evaluation survey when their project is completed
  • Keep track of the steps they do to carry out their project so that future AYEA teens can duplicate their efforts!

Celebrate!

  • Share the project’s success with their community and with AYEA!

 

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