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Independent Living Mentor - FT

The Arc Jacksonville
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Member serves as a mentor for adults with intellectual & developmental differences and/or mental health disorders in Duval county. The members are serving in partnership with The Arc Jacksonville and agree to abide by the mission & vision of the agency.

Service Activities

Develop and implement customized wellness focused activities to the needs of particular sub-populations of persons with differences (i.e., workshop, lifeskills, etc.)

Develop and implement customized independent living activities (i.e. budgeting, computer training, remedial academics tutoring, cooking skills, and other home economics)

Design and facilitate customized recreational activities that enhance social and daily life skills (i.e., board games, arts/crafts, etc.)
Provide one-on-one and small group social mentoring

Provide remedial tutoring and/or facilitate basic academic skill enhancement activities

Develop and implement cultural activities (i.e. art, music, current event discussions, etc.)

Community Need Addressed

In Jacksonville, adults with I/DD/MH lack essential skills: social, educational, health/wellness, work readiness, independent living, and self-determination, which are necessary to become independent and contributing members of society. Poor outcomes are often the result of I/DD/MH populations being grossly underserved during critical educational experiences, and
insufficient opportunities to experientially learn different aspects of independent living (fitness, nutrition, social skills).

Position Outcomes

The Project provides 1:1 and small group mentoring to these individuals to focus on the following skills: Health & Wellness, Financial Literacy, Employability and Independent Living. Members work with clients on education, advocacy, and soft skill development in controlled training environments and experientially while out in the community. The Projects interested outcomes include increasing clients knowledge base in these priority areas: increasing clients community connections and social ties, long term attitude and behavior change in clients and members, and awareness at large about people with I/DD and their ability to be contributing members of the community.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Benefits

College Degree, GED/High School Diploma, Credential or Certification

CPR, First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid

Skills you will gain

Leadership, communication strategies, lesson plan development, active listening, time management, problem solving, interpersonal skills, and transferable skills.

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities
  • Focus Areas Disability
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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