Internships

Radical Possibilities Mentoring Program

Less than half of the youth in La Plata County feel that they are valued by the community.  We need your help in showing our youth that this isn’t true.

“Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.  Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.  Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.  Yet one in three people will grow up without this critical asset”  www.mentoring.org/why-mentoring/mentoring-impact/

Radical Possibilities believes in the power of mentoring relationships to promote resilience and a sense of belonging in youth. Compassionate, supportive one-on-one relationships and shared rituals, such as group meals, stories, and gratitude, become the stepping-stones for youth to discover their untapped internal and external resources and thrive in an uncertain world.

Radical Possibilities is designed to fulfill internship requirements for both undergraduate and graduate students and we are committed to building the capacity of mentors through thoughtful recruitment, comprehensive training, and on-going individual support. Our program practices are guided by principles of human dignity, non-violence, and positive youth development.

Let this powerful program transform your life personally and professionally and create life-long positive impact for vulnerable youth in our community.

For more information, please contact Miranda Day, Program Manager, (970) 385-4440 ext. 110 or miranda@lpys.org.

Program Basics:
• Each mentor is matched with one to two mentees, aged 11-15
• Program year is from September through end of April/early May
• Weekly time commitment varies depending on internship requirements.

Program Components:
• Weekly 1:1’s with mentee (s)
• Weekly 1:1’s supervision with program staff
• Weekly group dinner/activity evening
• Weekly mentor group training

Sample Training Topics:
• Adolescent development
• Therapeutic relationship
• Suicide prevention and intervention
• Trauma informed care
• Restorative conflict resolution
• Working with specific populations: youth of color, LGBTQ+ youth, youth with disabilities

Download Radical Possibilities Internship Application Here

Restorative Practices Facilitator Assistance

The primary responsibility of the Restorative Practices Facilitator Assistant is to support capacity building strategies with staff and students in collaboration with the School-Based Restorative Practices Facilitator (SBRPF), support parent outreach and engagement efforts, and to co-facilitate processes as needed by the SBRPF, and to help develop working systems for the program in collaboration with the SBRPF and team partners at Durango High School and La Plata Youth Services.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

Support capacity building efforts through professional development

  • Help to develop and implement workshops and trainings for teachers and other staff in collaboration with the SBRPF; specifically on restorative practices through building positive school climate and classroom management.
  • Create instructional materials, in collaboration with the SBRPF
  • Assist with identifying restorative practices needs from staff to inform targeted areas of support.
  • Observe classrooms and collect data to inform staff needs, and present this information to the SBRPF and implementation team.
  • Support communication between all invested partners about needs, challenges, strengths, and requests for program success.

Parent engagement and outreach

  • Connect with parents of referred students on an ongoing basis, as needed
  • Schedule with parents for ReThinking Substances Groups and other restorative processes involving parents.
  • Help to coordinate follow up appointments with parents regarding completion of restorative agreements.

 Support the operations needs of the program

  • Assist in the planning of implementation core team meetings.
  • Help take minutes during implementation team meetings, as needed.
  • Participate in all other scheduled program orientations and trainings.
  • In collaboration with the SBRPF, record both qualitative and quantitative data for all aspects of programming.
  • Support the SBRPF with co-facilitating restorative processes, including taking notes during meetings.

Other Duties as Assigned

MINIMAL REQUIREMENTS/PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • Committed to the success of the program
  • Flexible, reliable, friendly and conscientious
  • Build and sustain healthy, positive relationships with program participants, families, school staff, other service providers, and program staff.
  •  Actively foster the values of LPYS throughout all programming, specifically Social Justice, Integrity, Compassion, Creativity, and Collaboration
  • Able to work with both youth and adults with a respectful, culturally responsive, and non-judgmental manner
  • Capable of being appropriately responsive to challenging and/or crisis situations
  • One on one, group, telephone and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills and basic computer skills
  • Compliance with confidentiality and mandatory reporting statutes regarding cases of child abuse and neglect

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a graduate level intern in MSW or related human services field

Download Restorative Practices Internship Application Here