W-A-Y Mentor Job Description
About W-A-Y Program
W-A-Y Program is a dynamic online learning community of High School aged youth (researchers) who have been outside traditional education systems for a variety of reasons: sick, phobic, disaffected, traumatized or have demonstrated patterns of failure and exclusion.
The primary aim of W-A-Y Program is to re-engage teenagers in learning, foster the desire and ability to return to lifelong learning, achieve their high school diploma and ultimately to become contributors to society.
Purpose of Job:
To facilitate learning gains with disaffected youth in order to re-engage them in lifelong learning.
1. The Mentor is responsible to the local Team Leader for all matters pertaining to the W-A-Y Program model.
2. The Team Leader is responsible for all matters pertaining to their employment by adhering to W-A-Y Program model.
Must be secondary certified teachers deemed highly qualified through state teacher certification.
• This job is suitable for those who are teaching, or intend to teach full time.
• Position is a part-time.
• Applicants will need to commit the equivalent of 1 full day’s work per week, spread over a 7 day period.
• Take an active part in the W-A-Y online Learning Community.
• Assist Researchers with navigating the Learning Community.
• Uphold the ethos of W-A-Y Program.
• Work online with up to six youths (researchers) who have been disengaged/excluded from the traditional educational process.
• Collaborate with other Mentors and Experts to assist Researchers through the learning process.
• Attend training and meetings as required.
• Assist at induction days as required.
• Guide researchers in using W-A-Y Program technology and encourage researchers to contribute to communities.
• Keep record of researchers work and learning plans through weekly reporting.
• Schedule Researchers lab appointments.
• Enjoy working with teenagers, so that effective communication can take place.
• Be sympathetic to the problems that have resulted in the researchers disengagement.
• Enjoy using computers and be enthusiastic about learning new ICT skills.
• Be able to communicate with the researchers in an informal and friendly way.
• Be persistent and encouraging without being punitive.
• Effectively communicate researchers learning needs and supports needed to Team Leader and W-A-Y Program staff.
Terms and Conditions:
Mentors will be paid $5,000 via independent contract over the course of the school year for meeting requirements of serving as a mentor in the WAY program.