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Denver Rescue Mission
6090 Smith Road
Posted: July 14 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Full-time, Unpaid
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DescriptionDenver Rescue Mission has been serving the poor and needy in the Denver metro area for more than 120 years. We are changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.
Internships at Denver Rescue Mission offer hands-on experience in nonprofit, human services, and ministry fields. You won’t be sorting envelopes or delivering coffee! At the Mission, you’ll make a lasting impact by serving the homeless and needy. Our goal is to help interns grow educationally, professionally, and spiritually so that they are equipped for a lifetime of service in the name of Jesus Christ.
Our internships follow the academic calendar and have fall, spring, and summer start dates. Full-time and part-time internships are available. Full-time interns also enjoy free room and board, a monthly stipend and tuition remuneration.
This field placement allows you to learn about and practice communicating, serving, and engaging with both volunteers from the community and Denver Rescue Mission program participants in our 5 programs; New Life Program, STAR Transitional Housing Adult & Youth Program & Champa House Adult & Children’s Program. You will exercise strategies and methods for assessing the needs of program participants. Under supervision, you will develop ways to meet the relational needs of both mentors and mentees. In this placement, will acquire skills conducting follow-up interviews with both mentors and program participants; utilize the database for tracking program metrics, and assist with end-to-end mentor training as necessary. You will also learn to develop inter-active relationships with partnering programs.
To start the application process, visit: DenverRescueMission.org/internships
Communication & Evaluation
• Gain experience communicating, engaging with volunteers who give of their time and heart to serve program participants in their community.
• Gain experience communicating with and engaging program participants who have come to the Denver Rescue Mission from all walks of life to heal hurts, habits, hang-ups, varied loss and to grow.
• Gain experience in the area of children and youth ministry in the mentoring field while working closely with their families and mentors.
Assessment & Development
• Learn strategies for evaluating program participants mentor expectations and requests.
• Upon understanding current methods, intern will cultivate new methods for meeting the relational needs of both the volunteer (mentor) and program participant (mentee); while simultaneously helping the program participant (mentee) to communicate their personal needs and goals with their mentor.
• Learn program handbook and participate in facilitating mentor training.
Understanding & Coping
• Discover ways to encourage and motivate program participants in their mandated classes, in setting goals, and reaching program completion.
• Learn to make participants feel comfortable in an interview and relational setting – encourage positive self-esteem and candid communication.
Administrative & Accountability
• Gain a broad understanding of the administrative responsibilities related to maintaining the mentoring program objectives and the importance of accurate and consistent information maintenance for reporting metrics.
• Develop skills in helping participants prepare for transition after graduation.
• Establish consistent and timely communication with partnering programs.
• Meet with supervisor weekly
• Participate in mentor screening processes
• Participate in follow-up interviews with mentors (volunteers) and mentees (program participants)
• Establish tangible goals with mentees
• Learn administrative responsibilities for maintaining program metrics
• Develop communication skills through multiple internship objectives
• Gain understanding of multiple programs by interacting with partnering programs
• Partner with program supervisor to facilitate mentor training
• Enjoy the opportunity to learn and share your internship experience
Requirements• Minimum age of 21
Background experience and/or requirements
• Previous experience working in a mentoring program through churches beneficial but not required
• Has global interests in mentoring
• Fluent in English
• Can perform basic office functions proficiently (ex: typing, copying, scanning, use of a computer, Microsoft Office, answering phone, etc)
Character traits necessary for the position
• Strong relationship skills
• Ability to set boundaries
• Strong but flexible personality
• Self-starter, can take initiative
• Able to work independently with guided instruction
• Grown from past hardships/trials in life, received closure to past issues