Stepping Stones


Salem, OR


Job Title: Mentor

Employer: Stepping Stones

Contact Information: Robert Wallace at 503-508-5374 or

Job Location: Salem, OR

Job Type: Internship

Required Application Materials:

  • Application
  • References
  • Background Check

Job Description:

Stepping Stones is a faith-based non-profit organization that partners with the inner-city minority and foster care communities to grow leaders from their youth. Stepping Stones is a volunteer tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. We partner with other 501(c)(3) corporations to bring the community closer. 

Our philosophy is the Three E's: Education, Economics, and Employment. It is our belief that community leaders are grown from our youth and new generations. Our plan is to move them forward in leadership using education, economics, and employment. They will have opportunities to travel to implement lessons that have been taught and learned through the program. We will have them practice teamwork and a curriculum designed to show the needs of their communities. They will have to volunteer wiht various non-profits to build up community relations. They will not only become leaders in their communites, they will become mentors.

In Stepping Stones programs, low-income young people receive education, job skills, personal development opportunities, leadership skills, and a chance to get their lives headed in a positive direction. Stepping Stones mentors provide support to their mentees as they go through the Stepping Stones experience, as well as ongoing support to graduates in order to ensure their continued educational, personal, and professional success. Mentors are a key part of the Stepping Stones community, supporting the learning, development, and exploration of the students.

A mentor is an individual who wants to have a positive impact on a student's life. He or she is a trusted person, who is caring and provides positive solutions and support. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to provide access to people, places, and things outside the mentee's daily routine and environment. As a mentor you will use the Leadership Plan, a written statement of the leadership goals of the student, as an ongoing touch point for your mentoring relationship.


  • Caring
  • Active listener
  • Flexible, open, and approachable
  • Dependable and enthusiastic
  • Nonjudgmental attitude
  • Committed
  • Resourceful and able to support mentees as they strive toward their educational, leadership, and/or career goals


  • Attend ongoing mentor orientation and training and development sessions.
  • Make a commitment of a minimum of one school to mentoring a Stepping Stones student.
  • Meet in-person with mentee for a minimum of four hours per month. Additional contact each month by Stepping Stones email is also allowed, as needed.
  • Focus attention on the student's Stepping Stones Leadership Plan.
  • Participate in quarterly service or group mentoring activities.
  • Communicate weekly with mentor coordinator.
  • Participate in all ongoing training sessions.
  • Attend program ceremonies, including a coach introduction ceremony and an end of the year celebration at the end of the program year. 
  • Provide all needed data for program evaluation.


  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Must complete an application
  • Attend a face-to-face interview session
  • Pass criminal record and child abuse registry checks
  • Satisfactory employment and personal reference checks

Time Commitment:

  • Volunteers will be matched with a student for a minimum of one school year


  • Guide students towards achieving their education, leadership, and career goals.
  • Experience the fulfillment of watching a Stepping Stones student grow, develop skill, and gain confidence.
  • Enhance growth by modeling good values and judgment in their communities.
  • Become a part of a new network of change agents.
  • Learn more about your community, its diversity, and its future.



Closing Date: 

Saturday, 2 February 2019