Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. We motivate youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive.
PYD was incorporated in 1985 and has grown to serve hundreds of youth with disabilities and their families in Massachusetts. In 2005, PYD founded the National Center for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities, which provides inclusion training and technical assistance to other agencies throughout the country. PYD has a staff of thirteen and an operating budget of just over one million dollars.
The Mentor Match Specialist will work in PYD’s Mentor Match program, to support the goals of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded Disability Mentoring Initiative. The disability mentoring initiative involves a collaborative mentoring partnership with the Viscardi Center in New York, MentorABILITY in Wyoming, and one additional organization to be added in early 2018, to improve outcomes for at-risk youth with disabilities through expanded, high quality, and evidence-based mentoring programming. The Mentor Match Specialist will provide direct service to youth and young adults with disabilities ages 11 to 17 who live in within the Massachusetts 128 belt. A majority of the youth will have a learning disability, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and/or an emotional disturbance. A majority of youth will have histories of involvement with criminal justice system; truancy/absence in school; family history of criminal involvement and other risk factor. The Specialist will assist young people with disabilities to reach their full potential for personal development by matching them with caring adults mentors in a one-to-one mentoring relationships. The specialist will create approximately nine new matches per year. This person is supervised by the Mentoring Director.
Mentor Match Specialist responsibilities include but are not limited to:
General expectations for the position: The Mentor Match Specialist works with other program staff to attain the goals of the Disability Mentoring Initiative. The main goals include: Goal 1: To improve outcomes for at-risk youth in mentoring programs by providing supported mentoring opportunities for youth with disabilities at risk for juvenile delinquency in expanded high quality evidence-based mentoring program. Goal 2): To provide specialized support to adult role models in expanded high quality evidence-based mentoring program targeting youth with disabilities at risk for juvenile delinquency. Other goals will be reviewed and revised as needed in collaboration with the supervisor.
Position requirements: The ideal candidate will have experience in the disability community and working with youth at risk for juvenile delinquency. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and be familiar with the use of databases for inputting client data. Must have strong communication skills and the ability to work both independently and on a team. Bachelor’s degree and experience in the fields of health or human services, special education, social work, vocational rehabilitation, psychology or other related fields necessary. Masters Degree in Social Work or related field preferred. Candidate must have access to a car and be able to travel throughout Eastern Massachusetts to conduct program services and be available for occasional evening and weekend work.
At Partners for Youth with Disabilities, we welcome and include people of all abilities, identities, and backgrounds. We believe that a diverse and fully inclusive organization empowers individuals, heals communities, and creates a better world for us all. As such, we are committed to equal opportunity and the diversity of our workforce and do not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on account of that individual's gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status or any other protected category under applicable law.