YOUTH UNLEASH their POWER (YUP!)
Youth Social Integration & Advancement Mentor (peer mentor)
Services provided for Middle Eastern Youth residents of El Cajon, CA
Terms of Reference/ Job Description
Project Duration: 12 months
Project Start Date: August 17th, 2017
Location: Remotely- phone/ online service
Reports to: Project Coordinator- STAT
Overall project administration and reporting- Bridge
Bridge in coordination with the Science and Technology Against Terrorism organization (STAT)
anticipates to start a pilot project to support youth newcomers in the area of El Cajon. The
program seeks partnership with the El Cajon school district and/or the local youth organization
and refugee resettlement agencies in the San Diego East County area. The aim is to provide
mentoring services to high-risk populations (youth of newcomers) focusing on the Transitional
Age of Youth groups (TAY) of the Middle Eastern refugees. The mentoring program will
participate in the development of the newcomers’ communities and further a smooth social
integration and involvement among the families of newcomers in the one community.
Throughout supporting the targeted group, the under-served Middle Eastern youth of newcomers, in
a direct one-to-one mentoring (peer-mentoring), the program aims to support healthy coping
skills to eliminate the risks of juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, domestic violence, truancy and
other behavioral changes that may associate the undeserved traumatized youth population. The
mentoring services are going to be provided through a scheduled phone conversations and other
communication platforms such the emails and other social media applications. Services are
provided in refugee mother tongue, project will ensure that mentor- participants of same sex/
gender are involved in order to comply with family conservative norms and avoid culture
sensitivity of different sex involvement in a day-to day communication.
To accelerate the social and the academic advancement of the Middle Eastern youth newcomers
using different empowerment techniques and healthy coping skills.
Provide youth participants with the required support, empowerment, enforce better
understanding of self-care and trauma informed care, facilitate the available resources to support
participant’s well-being and awareness of mental health, DV and GBV. Provide guidance in
healthy relationships, and support participant with regard to school/college admission process
as well as providing different educational and empowerment resources such the English
language proficiency, available rehabilitation centers, job placement search tools and CV
arrangement (list of resources shall be made available by both organizations to all mentors).
Project seeks qualified youth volunteers of both female and male who are resident of the United
States, applicants have to meet the following requirements:
1. Applicant age has to be (21-35)
2. All mentors (applicants) must be certified Mental Health First Aid
3. Ability to work remotely- familiar with different technology applications
4. Applicants must demonstrate their understanding of information confidentiality and
willing to sign a consent note accordingly.
5. Available for at least full phase term (6 months commitment)
6. Three work/ school references have to be made available
7. Resident of San Diego is a plus
8. Mentors are subject to background clearance. Applicants whom are not working for a
well-known agency in which the background screening is mandatory, must submit their
background clearance (project will remunerate the cost up to $25 per person).
9. Academic and professional background: Graduate or student of the following
departments: social studies, children & youth studies, rehabilitation and counselling,
marital & family therapy, phycology, women studies, or any relevant field. Equivalent
years of work experience 2 years+ in social programs will suffice- work experience with
youth programs is a plus.
10. Language: Fluency in Arabic or Kurdish or Dari in addition to English is a must
Bridge organization will provide selected candidates with the following certified courses prior to
their involvement- training will be made available online and in campus
➢ Trauma informed care , self-care and trauma in refuge- entry level training
➢ Project monitoring tools and reporting- entry level
➢ Domestic Violence (DV) and Gender Based Violence (GBV)- entry level
➢ Project may cover the Mental Health First Aid training expenses for applicants who meet
all requirements except for the MHFA certificate.
Volunteers of this project will have the priority to commence paid jobs with Bridge and partner
organizations in future programs.