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Parent Mentor

Organizational Mission & Strategies

Young Roots Oregon (YRO) is a community-focused Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Albany that began in 2019 as a grass-roots movement. Our mission is to creatively empower young families in Linn and Benton counties to build healthy foundations. Our multi-generational vision is to give adolescent parents and their children equitable opportunities for growth through a collaborative approach of resource partnership and innovative services. Strategies of care for young families include building equitable pathways that promote academic achievement, improving psychological and physical health, strengthening parent-child relationships, providing parent-to-parent support, brokering partnerships between parents and community agencies to expand and deepen parents’ social support network, decreasing income, food, diapering, and housing insecurities. Together, these approaches work to increase social mobility and educational and economic attainment by the parent and to minimize and prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress that cause life-long health disparities, child welfare interventions, foster care placements, and generational poverty, which benefits the overall health and success of our community as a whole.

Family Support & Connections Parent Mentoring Program

The Young Roots Family Support & Connections Parent Mentoring Program partners a Family Advocate/Parent Mentor with the adolescent parent to collaboratively build upon the client’s strengths and to increase their primary protective factors through the focus program and a variety of support services. Parent mentoring support is offered in both English and Spanish languages. The Parent Mentor Program is uniquely designed for the culturally specific needs and developmental stage of adolescent parents, along with increasing the primary protective factors that are proven to prevent child abuse and neglect. The primary protective factors are described by ODHS as follows:
  • 1. Family Functioning/Resiliency: Having adaptive skills and strategies to persevere in times of crisis.
  • 2. Social Support: Increased awareness of informal support (from family, friends, and neighbors) that helps provide for emotional needs.
  • 3. Concrete Support and Emergency Services: Increased awareness of access to tangible goods and services to help families cope with stress, particularly in times of crisis or intensified need.
  • 4. Child Development and Knowledge of Parenting: Understanding and utilizing effective child management techniques and having age- appropriate expectations for children’s abilities.
  • 5. Nurturing and Attachment: The emotional tie, along with a pattern of positive interaction between the parent and child, that develops over time.
  • 6. Problem Solving and Communication: Family’s ability to openly share positive and negative experiences and mobilize to accept, solve, and manage problems.
To begin, the parent will participate in a strengths-based assessment focusing on parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, and social and emotional competence of children. The parent mentor and parent will utilize this assessment tool to self-assess strengths and areas of improvement, creating goals and action steps to support improvement for long term security. The mentor will utilize a trauma-informed, client centered approach with skills of motivational interviewing to assist clients in their self-reflection and cognitive reframing as they take ownership of their thoughts and behaviors to form healthier ways of coping with life and parenting stress. The mentor is able to provide transportation for the client to access barrier reducing childcare services at the Family Hub, or the client can choose to meet in a public space or their home. If the parent desires to meet at their home or in a public space and they have their child with them, a KidRoots Children’s Program staff will join the Parent Mentor to provide positive attention through play with the child while the parent and mentor meet. If the parent chooses to meet at the Family Hub, Young Roots provides diapering essentials and refreshments for both parent and child(ren). Within the Parent Mentoring Program, the parent will have additional support from an Early Learning Coach in gaining knowledge about their child’s developmental stages and how to more confidently nurture their relationship with their child. The coach utilizes the CDC Milestone’s program as their primary educational resource; walking with parents through the Milestone’s developmental tracker and how to be their child’s medical care advocate. The coach leads Intentional Play Workshops that are designed to increase nurturing and attachment with positive attention through play; introducing the parent to developmentally appropriate toys as tools to their child’s development, and teaching parents how to use the tool to encourage positive cognitive and relational development. The child joins the parent and coach to practice intentional play time together to ensure that the parent leaves confident, knowing how to utilize that toy as a tool to increase positive attention through play at home and/or within visitation sessions. The Parent Mentor Program will give the adolescent parent no less than 13 direct care hours of support services that will empower them on their parenting and developmental journey building family resiliency and health. Upon program completion, clients will be asked to take a Protective Factors Retrospective Survey evaluation provided by Friends NRC. This evidence-based tool allows for client feedback of impact for human-centered evaluation. The Parent Mentor Program is expanding by adding a Housing Stability program funded by IHS SHARE. This opportunity is eligible to adolescent parents who have completed at least four Parent Mentor sessions. The funding is currently limited to 18 families in 2024. The Housing Stability Program led by Jonathan Eick, will partner housing and economic stability education and coaching with up to $4,000.00 monetary funding per family. Starting in March 2024, a cohort of up to 6 families will be selected to participate. Two additional cohorts of 6 families will be offered throughout 2024. Each cohort will complete the Rent Well housing education program and DevNW’s Financial Wellbeing Course. Each family will partner with a Stand By Me financial coach during their three month cohort to work through individualized financial skill building and economic goals to enable housing stability. The funding will be used to reduce any barriers to economic mobility and to pay housing costs to promote long-term financial security; i.e. paying for drivers education for parents without transportation to get their license and save for a vehicle through an Independent Development Account (IDA), paying for 3 months of insurance payments and gas to give reliable transportation to employment and essential needs, paying for utility bills and rent payments so they are able to put money into savings to have for emergencies. The financial coaches and the program director will collaborate in client accountability and celebrations as adolescent parents learn how to manage their finances to create a more stable and reliable present and future.

Child Welfare Referrals

Child Welfare referrals will be included in the Parent Mentoring program described. Child Welfare referrals will have a higher level of care, with increased documentation and weekly communication with the case worker. Supervisor will provide training and support.


1. Build strong relationships with adolescent parents and their children; cultivating an environment that empowers adolescent parents, giving them safe space to be brave in doing the hard and important work of positive internal and behavioral development and growth. 2. Provide the structured objectives stated in the Parent Mentor Program description. 3. Be an advocate within the system of care for the adolescent parent and their children, working with their Family Coach, case worker, and community partners to provide the client with the best possible support and equitable opportunities for growth and development, with family preservation and life-long stabilization always in focus. 4. Administrative Responsibilities
  • Directly supervised by Blanca Sanchez, Program Director focused on supporting clients in the mothering role.
  • Maintain a consistent schedule that balances time and responsibilities effectively.
  • Collaborate with fellow staff members to effectively support clients holistically within the variety of Young Roots programming and direct care services.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with colleagues, clients and program partners abiding by the YRO Code of Ethics.
  • Manage child welfare referrals and outreach connections, performing intake and quality of care requirements associated with each client.
  • Maintain databases for tracking clients goals, progress and outcomes, along with required weekly contract communication with client case workers.
  • Attend and participate in all required meetings.
  • Be active in knowing and connecting clients with community resources, partnering with agencies in Linn and Benton counties.
  • Participate in at least 20 hours of continued education, certification, and professional development per year.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Help maintain the physical appearance of vehicles and the Family Hub.


  • This is a direct care role supporting young parents in the mothering role. Having experience as a mother is critical in providing empathetic peer support.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English both verbal and written translation preferred, with effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • Lived experience of being a child of an adolescent parent and/or have been an adolescent parent.
  • Experience in navigating government systems and working with community partners.
  • Experience in supporting adolescents within an educational setting or social services; knowledgeable about the developmental stage of adolescence and can effectively relate to youth.
  • Mature in conflict resolution skills, setting professional boundaries, and self care.
  • Self determined and motivated; small relational team setting who relies on the support of one another, but who are also individually self sufficient and effectively self regulates employment performance.
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, honoring differences, and being intentionally inclusive. Always.
  • Maintain confidentiality and follow organizational procedures to protect and honor personal information.
  • Ability to successfully complete accurate documentation and administrative tasks, i.e. Google programs, Microsoft and Adobe programs, email and phone communication, government documents, etc.
  • Be a human centered leader who is open minded and a lifelong learner; caring for clients with a trauma-informed lens and with resiliency.
  • Be a mandatory reporter to protect the safety of children; training and continuous support provided.
  • Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the program; weekends and holidays excluded.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR within 30 days of hire.
  • Ability to pass a federal and state criminal history and abuse record check.
  • Holds and maintains an acceptable driving record, valid driver’s license, automobile insurance, and reliable transportation; use of a personal vehicle throughout Linn County will be needed and mileage is reimbursed. Comfortable and confident in transporting youth and children.
  • High school diploma or GED required with post-secondary education certification or degree preferred.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It shall be the operational policy of this Corporation not to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, disability, or political belief. This policy includes but is not exclusive of hiring, firing, layoffs, promotions, wages, training, disciplinary action or any other terms, privileges, conditions, or benefits or employment, as well as non-discrimination in the providing of any services offered by this Corporation.

Ideal Schedule

Full Time – 40 hours Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm, some evenings with flex time. Holding a caseload of 8 clients, while providing peer group leadership support for one parenting class per term. Part Time – 20 hours Flexible within full time hours, some evenings with flex time. Holding a caseload of 4 clients, while providing peer group leadership support for one parenting class per term. The Parent Mentor will coordinate their own schedule based upon client availability and supervising requirements.

Holiday & Seasonal Closures

The following show dates of facility closers to plan for during the year. Full time employees are paid for all holiday and seasonal closures. Part time employees are paid for the holidays and seasonal closures that fall on their regular work schedule.

This flexible schedule does not include paid holidays except for the Winter Holiday Break. The following show dates of facility closers to plan for during the year.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr Day – 3rd Monday in January
  • President’s Day – 3rd Monday in February
  • Spring Break – Thursday & Friday of Spring Break following the school district calendar
  • Memorial Day – last Monday of the month in May
  • Juneteenth – June 19th
  • Independence Day – July 4th
  • Labor Day – Thursday & Friday before, plus 1st Monday & Tuesday in September
  • Indigenous Peoples Day – 2nd Monday in October
  • Veterans Day – 2nd Friday in November
  • Thanksgiving – 4th Thursday & Friday in November
  • *PAID HOLIDAY BREAK* Winter Holiday Break – Christmas Day through New Years Day

Part time (under 30 hours) employees will have an additional 30 hours of Paid Time Off (PTO) each year; to renew each year on your hiring anniversary. PTO time does not roll over to the next year.

Full time (30 hours or more) employees will have an additional 50 hours of Paid Time Off (PTO) each year; to renew each year on your hiring anniversary. PTO time does not roll over to the next year.

Pay & Benefits

Hourly wage starts at $19.50 for a bilingual candidate who meets all qualifications, with an increase to $21.50 with additional expanding experience and education. Hourly wage starts at $19.00 for an English only candidate who meets all qualifications, with an increase to $21.00 with additional expanding experience and education. YRO staff will be eligible for a 3% wage increase upon their 6 month review and 3% for their annual employment renewal. YRO employees are provided the opportunity to utilize the KidRoots Children’s Program for one of their children to be in childcare while they are working on-site at the Family Hub. Childcare is available from 11am-2pm and 3pm to 6:00 or later depending on the event, Monday through Thursday. No additional compensation packages or benefits at this time.

Application Process

To apply, email Andrea Bartell at your name and answers to the following questions:
  • Do you meet the outlined qualifications?
  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • What are your strengths and experiences that you would bring to this position?
Andrea will reply to your email within 2 business days.

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Parent Mentor

The Young Roots Family Support & Connections Parent Mentoring Program partners a Family Advocate/Parent Mentor with the adolescent parent to collaboratively build upon the client’s strengths and to increase their primary protective factors through the focus program and a variety of support services.

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