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Success Mentor

Grand St Settlement Inc.
New York, NY 10002
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DEPARTMENT: Youth and Community Development Services

LOCATION: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

PROGRAM: Community Schools Initiative

REPORTS TO: Community School Director

SALARY: Part-Time, $20 per hour (15-hours per week)

DATE: September 2021-June 2022 (School Year Only)

Schedule: Monday-Friday; some Saturdays required. Schedule may vary due to program needs.

JOB SUMMARY: Success Mentors are caring adults who mentor at-risk - chronically absent students to identify the barriers preventing them from attending school each day. The Success Mentor will work closely with families and Community School staff to support Community School Attendance Initiatives. The Success Mentor will help support parent-school communication to increase student attendance. The Success Mentor will ensure optimal academic, social, and emotional development for students. In addition, the Success Mentor will work closely with the Community School Team (director, social worker, case manager, and tutor) to provide resources that will enhance the Community School. Success mentors are the most successful strategy for combating chronic absence. The idea is not for a Success Mentor to have the answers, but for the mentee to talk about and explore ideas.


  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) required; Bachelors Degree preferred.
  • Two (2) years or more experience in the field of youth development.
  • Family outreach and home visit experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organization and documentation/record-keeping skills.
  • Facility to motivate others toward achieving goals.
  • Ability to develop alliances with high risk and difficult to engage youth and families.
  • Knowledge of community resources and counseling practices with high-risk populations.
  • Outstanding collaborative skills.
  • Bilingual required (fluent in Yiddish/English).


  • Maintain a caseload of fifteen (15) to twenty (20) chronically absent students for the full school year.
  • Meet and greet mentees each morning.
  • Make positive morning phone calls home to families of absent students.
  • Monitor mentees attendance data and maintain a folder to include notes and other information to track mentee attendance.
  • Utilize the Student Profile from the New Visions Attendance Heat Map or Portal.
  • Meet with mentees regularlyboth one-on-one and in small groupsto check-in, listen, and chat about how school is going for them.
  • Work with school staff and teachers to identify appropriate interventions to support and engage mentee(s).
  • Celebrate improvements, no matter how small.
  • Create and maintain a thorough written record of assessments, attendance outreach efforts and all required documentation.
  • Work collaboratively with community resources to establish timely and effective referral processes.
  • Maintain ongoing open communication with the school principal, parents, and school-based staff.
  • Conduct home visits to engage families and develop relationships between school and families of students identified as the targeted population (At-risk and chronically absent students).
  • Recruit additional mentors, assigning mentees and monitor mentor and mentee relationships and track mentee attendance.
  • Partner with families to create family goal plans that increase student attendance and enhance parent and child well-being.
  • Maintain written records of home visits, family goals, and all required documentation.
  • Implement attendance incentive programs.
  • Work collaboratively with community resources and advocate for families when necessary.
  • Refer participants to the social worker for counseling to support with crisis intervention and safety planning.
  • Participate in ongoing efforts to promote program needs via community coalition building.
  • Seek partnership opportunities and bring in at least three (3) new partners a year to leverage resource to support programs.
  • Work closely with all Community School staff to support targeted student needs.
  • Attend all required department/agency meetings and/or training.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Community School Director and/or Community School Social Worker.



Submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the position you are applying for. If selected, we also ask that you provide us with three (3) professional references that we can contact (at least one (1) reference should be from a former supervisor). Please click on the link provided below, or use the link in a search bar and apply online through our career center.


No phone calls, please.

Please be advised that job offers can only be made once your clearances come through


Posted: 2022-01-11 Expires: 2022-02-12

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