Lead Mentor, Arches (Part-Time)

position Description

Organization Description

Youth Justice Network (YJN) was founded in 1990 to anchor, support and build capacity among young people released from jail in New York City. We break cycles of incarceration and promote an equitable justice system by providing young people with opportunitiesto grow, thrive, and lead. Through a combination of individualized advocacy, mentorship and services, our network of advocates develops relationships with young people whose lives intersect with the justice system. We leverage authentic relationships and local resources so that young people can forge their pathways to wellbeing and positive development.

Position Description:

This is a part-time Lead Mentor position with ARCHES. Arches is one of YJN’s discrete projects through which young adults on probation are connected to mentors with similar life experiences in their own neighborhoods. It is a transformative mentoring program which focuses on young people ages 16 to 24 who are serving probation sentences in NYC. Arches seeks to promote positive behaviors and youth development through a combination of group sessions in a familystyle atmosphere, one-on-one mentoring, and use of a cognitive-behavioral journaling program. The Lead Mentor is responsible for the co-facilitation of weekly workshops and will also attend monthly meetings with the Department of Probation.

Objectives of this Role

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate two 1.5-hour group workshops per week through a model cognitive behavior curriculum.
  • Attend monthly meetings with Department of Probation Arches staff.
  • Lead daily team meetings.
  • Complete intakes and pre- and post-release surveys with participants.
  • Share meals with twice weekly with workshop participants.
  • Maintain a mentorship relationship with 4 young people at a time.
  • Intentional, engaged and supportive one-on-one mentorship, primarily before and after group meetings.
  • Respond to any youth contact/request within 24 hours.
  • Maintaining a spirit of camaraderie and unconditional care among participants and mentors.
  • Maintain ongoing contact and follow-up with Project Coordinator, including reporting any expressed or perceived needs by the youth members or opportunities to leverage youth interests.
  • Ensure that connections to needed services and opportunities for positive development/advancement are addressed as they arise through ongoing communication with Project Coordinator
  • Attend training as required by YJN and the Department of Probation in cognitive-behavioral curriculum
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of service provision and youth outcomes.



  • Commitment to positive youth development in a caring environment.
  • Understanding and experience working with street-involved and/or high risk youth.
  • Creative problem solving and thinking, self-motivation, initiative, sound judgment, and the ability to work as part of a team is essential.
  • Capacity to strategically help young people change behaviors.
  • Familiarity with Harlem essential, residency preferred
  • Must be able to work outside of normal business hours (10 hours per week including 2 evenings per week)


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Lived experience in justice, child welfare system
  • Experience with criminal justice population, conflict resolution, gang involvement prevention, and motivational interviewing preferred
  • Experience with or understanding of trauma-informed practices
  • Bilingual ability highly valued

Youth Justice Network is privileged to have a profoundly committed and caring staff – one which believes unconditionally in our youth members’ ability to do right and do well. We take our work very seriously, but we strive to make time for self-care and joy. We look for staff from all walks of life who have integrity, humor, a strong work ethic, are passionate about young people and committed to address the harms caused by mass incarceration.

Salary Range: $23 - $28 / HOUR

All staff must be fully vaccinated at time of hire.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: