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Child and Youth Worker – Peer Mentors

Child and Youth Worker Peer Mentor Position Description

Students who are selected as Child and Youth Peer Mentors will have demonstrated a high level of student leadership and academic achievement within the Child and Youth Program and can serve as effective role models for first year students enrolled in the program. Peer Mentors will show a strong commitment to helping new students make the transition to Sheridan along with being part of a team of Peer Mentors at Sheridan. Accordingly all Peer Mentors will require high motivation, strong communication skills, and attention to detail.

Supervision 

The Child and Youth Peer Mentors are supervised by the assigned faculty members within the Child and Youth Program in cooperation with the Peer Mentor Program at Sheridan.

Key Responsibilities 

The responsibilities of the Peer Mentors include:
  • Attending all mandatory training sessions including online, AODA training, the Peer Mentor training day and one of two professional development sessions.
  • Maintain open communication with the Department Supervisor and respond to emails using your Sheridan email account.
  • Being familiar with specific policies and procedures that most directly affect new students during their time at Sheridan.
  • Contacting all new students assigned on a regular basis - this may include letters, phone calls and/or email messages. As well, facilitating group or individual meetings will be required as part of their on-going commitment to the program.
  • Participating as expected with assigned cohort of first year students.
  • Participating in required meetings with the team of Peer Mentors (September – April).
  • Completing reporting or journal activities as it relates to your role as a Peer Mentor.
  • Completing periodic evaluation and assessment forms.

Other Expectations 

  • Peer Mentors will be expected to serve as exemplary role models for new students throughout the year. This includes abiding by all College policies and procedures, and standards consistent with Child and Youth Worker Profession. Peer Mentors are also expected to work collaboratively and respectfully with all faculty/staff associated with the Peer Mentor Program as well as the entire Sheridan Community
  • Peer Mentors are expected to participate in identified training as identified by their faculty or Student Services. This training may be specific to the work they perform as a Youth and Child Care Peer Mentor or may be more generic leadership training.
  • Peer Mentors are expected to represent the College and themselves in an appropriate and respectful manner in all communications and programs (including Instant Messaging, Facebook, My Space, blogging, etc.).
  • Peer Mentors are expected to exhibit maturity of judgment, objectivity and integrity, and a willingness to follow prescribed objectives.
  • It is essential that Peer Mentors respect the privacy of the students they interact with; these expectations will be elaborated on in the confidentiality training component within the Peer Mentor Program