Wabash, IN Intern Mentor – GTFL

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  • Department

    Residential Services

  • Reports to

    Director of Experiential Learning

  • Employment Status

    Full Time/ Regular/ Non-Exempt

Job Summary

The Intern Mentor for Growing Teens for Life must be a Christian and is responsible for collaborating with the Director of Experiential Learning, Greenhouse Operations Manager, and residential treatment teams to ensure Interns are learning work skills to prepare for employment following residential placement. This person will work closely with other storefront and greenhouse operations staff to ensure work assignments are meaningful to the business while helping Interns prepare for the certification in the mentor’s area of oversight. The Intern Mentor will work with the Independent Living Coordinator to identify Interns’ aftercare needs to prepare them to be successful when returning to live in the community. Must demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs of the service population within White’s Residential and Family Services.


This person must be 21 years of age and have a minimum of two years experience working with individuals in a residential treatment, educational, correctional or related setting. Previous experience in horticulture and landscaping preferred. The Intern Mentor must function as a positive role model for teenage interns while they are working and learning in the Growing Teens for Life Program.

Basic Responsibilities

Direct Learning Activities

Direct experiential learning activities in the Greenhouse and storefront related to the following:
• General Education as recommended by the Intern’s school program and agreed upon by the Director of Experiential Learning.
• Vocational Education in conjunction with White’s Jr./Sr. High School, other educational institutions, and the Intern’s Treatment Team.
• Teaching Life Skills as agreed upon in collaboration with the Independent Living Coordinator and Treatment Team.
• Financial Skills as agreed upon in collaboration with the Independent Living Coordinator, School Program and Treatment Team.
• Employability (Soft) Skills as agreed upon with the Director of Experiential Learning.
Work with Greenhouse Operations Manager in the following capacities:
• Ensure all visitors and customers of the Greenhouse have a pleasant and positive experience.
• Providing excellent customer service is a priority. Must be willing and able to intervene with difficult
customers in an appropriate and positive manner.
• Oversee the safe and secure handling of money, inventory and retail items within the Greenhouse.
• Maintaining store interior, keeping it clean and organized.
• Preparing daily reports of sales and charges.
• Inventory refill, money collection, and trouble-shoot when problems arise.
• Checking equipment on a regular basis for any defects.
• Assist Business Manager and Facilities Supervisor with other activities which may or may not be connected to the storefront.
• Perform day-to-day greenhouse operations duties including routine cleaning and maintenance as assigned by the Greenhouse Manager
• Perform administrative functions in support of the Store Clerk and other Greenhouse management staff.

Work With Interns

• Interviewing and hiring youth to serve as Interns in the GTFL Program.
• Provide orientation and training to new Interns.
• Provide as needed services for Interns aging out of the system in collaboration with the Independent Living Coordinator and Director of Experiential Learning.
• Enhance Intern functioning by providing basic and advanced skills training using materials from Indiana Workforce Development and the INLA study guide.
• Maintain record of Intern progress in the program using tracking sheet kept in youth file(s).
• Encourage Interns toward self-sufficiency by exposing them to developmentally appropriate independent living exercises and activities.
• In conjunction with the Independent Living Coordinator and Director of Experiential Learning, provide Interns direction on home community resources related to employment opportunities, such as nursery/landscaping or in other fields related to their experiential learning program.
• Serve as a mentor or facilitate a mentoring relationship with an appropriate individual as approved and agreed upon by the Intern’s Treatment Team.

Agency Support & Enhancement

• Remain updated and knowledgeable on state Independent Living regulations and programs.
• Maintain a working relationship with placing agency workers and parents.
• Be a positive liaison between White’s and the Wabash community.

Perform Supervision of Interns in the Greenhouse

• Provide clear consistent rules and daily routines for Interns working in the Greenhouse in conjunction with the Campus Life Director, Program Director(s), Program and Case Manager(s) and VP and Executive Director of Residential Services.
• Supervise Interns daily work-related tasks, activities and chores.
• Work with treatment team members and general staff to develop, implement, and review Interns treatment plans and quarterly reports.
• Provide teaching and coaching to Interns in areas such as: social skills, interpersonal relationships, personal hygiene, domestic skills, work habits, etc.
• Provide basic first aid for Interns and apply Universal Precautions procedures when exposed to bodily fluids.
• Engage in conflict resolution, intervene in crisis situations, and physically restrain Interns using MindSet training to prevent risk of physical harm to the Intern or another person.
• Complete other duties as requested by the Director of Experiential Learning, Greenhouse Operations Manager, Case Manager(s), Program Manager(s), Campus Life Director and Vice President of Residential Services such as adhering to safety plans, boundary plans or other special treatment needs.

Skills, Supervision, Knowledge and Ability

  • The Intern Mentor must be a Christian who demonstrates a professional commitment to work with children and youth of all ages, their families, the referring agency, community professionals, and the White's Residential Services' treatment team

  • Must be dependable, well organized and an effective time manager

  • Must have the ability to clearly, concisely and professionally communicate ideas through good verbal and writing skills

  • Must have an understanding of basic counseling/helping skills

  • Must be able to maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality

  • Must be personable, genuine, empathetic and able to connect emotionally in their work with youth, treatment team, other professionals and placing agency workers

  • Must be a “team player.” This person needs to enjoy working closely with other staff members and have the ability to be flexible, adaptive and positive in his/her actions

  • The ability to demonstrate a positive role model for staff and the youth assigned

  • Must have an understanding and demonstration of basic supervision and leadership skills

  • Will be expected to maintain appropriate hygiene and attire per dress code

  • Must develop a sense of responsibility and “ownership” of business area and communities as assigned

  • Must be committed to the Mission, Core Values, and Vision of White’s Residential and Family Services.

Physical Demands of the Position

• Must be able to be on feet for extended periods of time, do significant walking and actively supervise student activity.
• Must be able to work in a variety of climatic conditions (hot, cold, humid, etc.)
• Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs.
• Able to perform routine storefront and greenhouse maintenance and cleaning, planting flowers, painting, scrubbing floors, etc.
• Apply the MindSet physical restraint techniques for Interns who are in crisis (expected to meet the requirements of MindSet physical restraints).
• Must have energy and stamina to work from 8am to 6pm. on a regular basis.

Working Conditions

• Workdays will be Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm, through the seasonal periods (typically April through mid-June and the Christmas holiday season); normal business hours of 8am – 4:30pm. May be required to work a rotating weekend schedule depending on staffing and time of year, as well as special weekend events such as the Herb Fest, Founders Day Parade, etc.
• Attend work regularly and be on time.
• Flexibility in taking days off to accommodate for longer or additional work days may be necessary.
• Will work holidays as scheduled, although most assigned business areas are typically closed on all major holidays.


    Cover Letter


    Statement of Faith*

    I acknowledge that I’ve read and agree to
    the Statement of Faith for White's.

    Code of Conduct*

    I acknowledge that I’ve read and agree to
    the Code of Conduct for White's.


    statement of

    Hello prospective employee! White’s Residential and Family Services exists to offer hope and transformation through Christ to children and families. As members of a Christian organization, each employee must recognize that living a life in accordance with the standards presented in the Statement of Faith found below is necessary as it serves to unify us as a Community of Believers set out on the same path. Therefore, all individuals who are interested in applying to work at White’s must first agree with and abide by White’s Statement of Faith

    The Statement of Faith is as Follows…

    Remaining true to our Quaker heritage and Josiah White’s vision, White’s Residential and Family Services’ primary reason for existence is to offer hope and transformation to children and families through Christ. As such, we have firm beliefs about the Christian faith and how we must act in accordance with our beliefs.

    This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. White’s Residential & Family Services’ board of directors serves as White’s highest, human interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application for the purposes of our agency’s faith and beliefs, practice, policy and discipline at work.

    We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God (II Timothy 3:15).

    We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 10:30).

    We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:33), in His virgin birth (Luke 1:35), in His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), in His miracles (John 2:11), in His atoning death through His shed blood (Ephesians 1:7), in His bodily resurrection (John 11:25), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19), and in His personal return in power and glory (Revelation 19:11).

    We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 3:16-19).

    We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christ-follower is enabled to live a Godly life (Romans 8:13-14).

    We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, that they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).

    We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28).

    We believe that children are a heritage from God and a blessing from His hand. We are therefore accountable to Him for raising, shaping and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom and to humanity. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps 139).

    We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24).

    We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25).

    As Christians living out our faith, it is unsurprising that our beliefs influence our behavior, attitudes and lifestyle choices. As Christian professionals, we will not compromise our commitment to our professional code of ethics while providing superior care to our clients who possess differing values or beliefs.

    I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Statement of Faith.

    white’s residential & family services
    Employee Code of Conduct

    As a distinctly Christian ministry, for over 165 years our mission has been to enrich the lives of children and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. We are best able to achieve this through Christian staff who constantly strive to demonstrate the love of Christ through their actions, words and overall lifestyle.

    It then follows that all employees who serve as members of White’s community agree to uphold certain foundational standards through their behaviors, attitudes and lifestyle choices at work and in their personal lives. Living in accordance with these standards shall serve to unify us as a “community of believers.” As a member of White’s “community,” we believe employees should strive to live in harmony with the following foundational standards as evidence of their life committed to growth in Christ and sound judgment based on Christian principles:

    We believe as followers of Jesus Christ, we are responsible for our faith journey and strive to pursue a life of service to Jesus Christ in our personal life and while at work. We believe the investment in our spiritual life is critical and we strive to make time regularly for prayer and communion with God. Opportunities for Christian fellowship, worship, learning, and celebration while at work are opportunities not to be overlooked, but to be sought out as ways in which we can demonstrate our commitment to growing in our faith as part of the White’s Community.

    We believe every human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions. Therefore, we must seek ways to act out of love and respect for each other, encouraging and building up one another, not causing one another to stumble. We believe that to achieve this, employees must practice a lifestyle that demonstrates purity to those around them (Romans 13-14 & I Corinthians 10:31-11:1).

    We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect,and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward anyindividual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.

    We believe there is great power in the spoken word and therefore all lying, profanity, gossip, obscenity, and other negative uses of language diminishes our work with the children, families and our coworkers.

    We believe employees must demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, a willingness to live contentedly under authority, and a commitment to follow the Matthew 18 principal when an issue arises with fellow employees or management.

    We believe in the power of our example and that our minds and bodies should be used in God-honoring ways, living our lives as Christian role models and conducting ourselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding our Christian testimonies. Because our example is powerful and because most of our service population is impacted by some form of substance abuse, we especially recognize the dangers and negative implications of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse among staff. Therefore, we seek to minimize or refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco and we agree to completely abstain from the illicit or non-medical use of drugs, narcotics and other harmful substances. When an employee is representing White’s or is in the course of representing White’s business, he or she is expected to refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco.

    We believe our life serves as a Christian Witness to the children and families we serve and our commitment to expressing Christian values is critical even when making entertainment and recreational choices outside of work. Therefore, we actively avoid forms of leisure, entertainment and recreation that are incompatible with holy living and seek activities that are consistent with our pursuit of Christ- like living.

    We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrew 13:4).

    We further believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) and that activities that give the appearance of sexual immorality should be avoided by staff.

    We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

    We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of White’s Residential & Family Services as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the White’s Residential & Family Services clients, fellow staff members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by White’s Residential & Family Services in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement (Mathew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; I Thessalonians 5:22).

    I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Code of Conduct.

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