Mentor Counselor - Afterschool Academy


The Afterschool Academy is an academic achievement program that helps prepare youth in grades 6 to 12 for success in college and careers. The Afterschool Academy’s mentoring component enhances students' academic, social and leadership skills through exposure to new experiences, opportunities and places. 

The Mentor Counselor will plan and implement program activities for the Afterschool Academy students in grades 6 to 8; facilitate daily activities, recruit program participants and mentors, maintain program records, and complete other assigned duties.



  1. Plan and implement weekly afterschool program sessions in accordance with the program funder’s guidelines.
  2. Develop, organize, and promote interdisciplinary activities through authentic curriculum experiences. 
  3. Plan and implement cultural diversity guest speakers, field trips, high school workshops and creative engaging enrichments activities aimed at strengthening math and reading skills.
  4. Assist with the day-to-day operation of a program that helps middle and high school students achieve personal and academic success and prepare for college.
  5. Provide classroom management, case management and counseling (group and individual) to participants to help address any unmet needs of the youth and their families.
  6. Assist in the marketing, recruitment, and training efforts of the mentors.
  7. Provide direct individual or group mentoring to five program participants
  8. Assist with accurate record keeping and collection of intake information on each student and mentor.
  9. Under the direction of the Program Director, monitor the program’s progress towards goals and develop plans for corrective action as required.
  10. Work with Program Coordinator/Counselors to develop program agendas and group sessions.
  11. Serve KidsCafe Foodlink meals to the youth.
  12. Complete daily COMET attendance when needed.
  13. Participate in training and orientation as required and approved by the Director for effective program operation.
  14. Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign.
  15. Attend/support Urban League of Rochester events and fund raising functions.



  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, human services or social work and or related field required.
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting, teaching experience is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to relate well to youth from diverse backgrounds and to understand the barriers to success that less advantaged youth often face.
  • Proficient competency with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to function effectively as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of community resources for youth and families is a plus.
  • Ability to work is a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple, competing tasks and demands.
  • Must be customer service friendly.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and be available past 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays. During the school year, the Program Assistant will work weekdays from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Hours will vary during the summer.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.