Lead Mentor Design to Better [Our Community]: Colorado Youth x Healthy Communities

Creative Reaction Lab and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are collaborating to host Design to Better [Our Community]: Colorado Youth x Healthy Communities, a three month program (with three face-to-face meet-ups (on the weekend), online engagement in-between, and a culminating presentation) that engages youth in Denver, Colorado in improving the health of their community by addressing health and racial inequities. Design to Better [Our Community]: Colorado Youth x Healthy Communities is an intensive, immersive learning experience wherein Black, Latinx, and Indigenous/Native high school youth in Colorado learn and apply the award-winning Equity-Centered Community Design process to address a specific health equity challenge with residents of their local communities.

We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about youth civic/community engagement, health equity, and racial justice to serve as Lead Mentors for our Denver Cohort. With support from the Program Manager, the Lead Mentor will be the primary facilitator of program sessions on the ground in between the in-person sessions (led by the Program Manager) and will be collectively responsible for a cohort of 15-20 high school students enrolled in the program.

Each Lead Mentor will receive a program stipend of $2500 to compensate for their services.

Lead Mentor Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Create and support a positive, welcoming environment for youth participants on a daily basis.

  • Take lead from Program Manager and Staff to implement program curriculum

  • Take initiative on the ground with youth while supporting  them during online engagement time period.

  • Assist with coordinating any field trips, site visits, guest speakers, and other programmatic engagements, as needed.

  • Manage youth’s attendance.

  • Implement program evaluation plan.

  • Support with Creative Reaction Lab’s marketing and communications strategy.

  • Work with Program Manager to meet program needs within budget.

  • Ensure compliance with insurance, legal, health, and safety obligations.

  • Proactively handle any arising issues and troubleshoot any emerging problems before, during, and after education programs and services.

  • Report any issues or emergencies to Creative Reaction Lab staff immediately.

Time Commitment:

  • In-Person Session #1 (February 15-17)

    • Online Engagement Window (February 27 - March 6)

  • In-Person Session #2 (March 15-17)

    • Online Engagement Window #2 (March 27- April 3)

  • In-Person Session #3 (April 19-20)

    • Online Engagement Window #3 (May Schedule TBD)

The program will take place as follows:

  • The youth program will take place Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.

    • The  Lead Mentor is expected to be in attendance from 4pm - 8pm Friday; 9:30am - 5:30pm Saturday; and 10:00 - 1:00 on Sunday for post- program debriefings.

  • The Lead Mentor is also required to complete the following:

    • Orientation & Training: Week of Feb. 4th

  • The Lead Mentor is strongly encouraged to attend additional community engagement opportunities throughout the program, as able.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Must have held leadership positions in on-campus student groups, your local community, work setting, etc. (Bonus if you have direct experience in civic engagement, public health, education, racial rights and equity, diversity and inclusion, design, or social justice).

  • Must demonstrate professionalism, exceptional communication skills, and exceptional collaboration skills.

  • Must be able to dedicate time to all program sessions and trainings. (See above for details.)

  • Must have experience working with youth.

  • Must be able to develop healthy, positive relationships with young people.

  • Must have experience facilitating trainings, workshops, and/or educational programming.

  • Must be passionate about advocating for racial and health equity.

  • Must demonstrable abilities in one of the four core areas: entrepreneurship, cultural history, creative problem solving/design, and civic engagement.

  • Experience with mentoring and/or supervising near-peer individuals is preferred.

  • Experience with curriculum development preferred.

  • Reliable transportation is needed.

  • Must complete and pass a background check upon hire.

The deadline to apply is January 28, 2019.

Applications must be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68YWXG2