Mentors are the primary agents of youth leader empowerment at The Academy. By word and example, they call leaders into a way of working that invites youth into Christian adulthood.
Mentoring is an on-site residential job that includes room and board. Mentors accompany their small group of leaders all day, every day throughout The Academy week providing insight, questions, wonder, love, and joy, and provoking leaders to seek goodness, truth, and beauty.
Mentors are excellent discussion leaders. They capably sustain discussions for three hours or more without using the discussions for didactic or manipulative purposes. Rather, Mentors practice hospitality and liberation to help students be who they are, say what they think, love one another, and talk about the same things while they seek a single, unknown truth together.
Mentors enjoy humbly engaging with a wide variety of topics, experiences, and cultural or natural artifacts. They easily and attractively relate with people of various personalities and temperaments. They quickly recognize others' fears, hopes, and feelings. Christianity has clearly shaped their imagination, vocabulary, and practice, and they model that to their small group. They respond to unexpected changes with flexibility and grace.
Leaders Mentors are collegial: helpful and respectful. They are strongly motivated by empowering their peers for excellence, rather than critiquing them or overpowering them. They are excellent at co-leadership.
Term of Contract
This contract is for residential employment as an Leaders Mentor with Wheatstone Ministries’ 2019 summer camp at either William Jessup University (June 23-29), or Biola University (July 21-27). Employment begins at hire, includes individual preparation hours in the months before camp, and ends with the fulfillment of duties at the following events:
Staff Training: two, all-day seminars on the Friday and Saturday prior to the camp you are hired for, location TBD.
Summer Camp Week: residential working responsibilities start at 12:00pm on Sunday, and conclude at 12:00pm on Saturday.
Staff Debriefing: a 1-2 hour review conducted either in-person or online and scheduled within two weeks of the camp at the earliest convenience of the Wheatstone office staff.
Mentors are also invited to attend the camp staff after-party, though attendance is not required.
Mentors receive room and board during The Academy week and are compensated $700 for their services, payable at the conclusion of the camp.
Personally connecting with and involving each leader in the camp experience
Facilitating 3-hour Socratic-style discussions, for a total of at least 12 hours throughout the camp
Solving issues of group cohesion and conflict
Taking every opportunity to dialogue with educators around scheduled programs
Guiding leaders through training workshops and group brainstorming sessions.
Recognizing personal limitations and requesting help when needed
Helping other staff members
Acting as a liaison for camp managers, reporting the progress and needs of each educator
Committed to the Christian faith as articulated in Wheatstone's What We Believe Document and regularly attending a Christian church
Experienced and confident in leading open-ended, idea-driven small group discussions
Reputation among peers and employers or faculty members for charity and professionalism
Capable of producing a positive first impression with a diverse group of adult Christian leaders
Willingness and capacity to endure long working days
Bachelor's degree, completed by the time of the camp
Exemplary performance in an undergraduate honors program, or other awards and recognitions
Exemplary performance in a professional field or graduate program
Experience leading, instructing, or working with young adult students and/or other educators
Students Mentor experience at a previous Academy camp