Become an AmeriCorps Firewall Mentor!

Complete the online application here


  • Commit for the full school year:
    August 2018 through June 2019

  • Monday-Thursday

  • Approximately 3:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Lead Mentor position includes more hours! (20-40 hours)

Mentors receive:

  • Bi-weekly living allowance (paycheck)

  • Education award to help pay for school/loans

  • Resume builder as an AmeriCorps member

Work with students at one of the following schools:

  • North Side Elementary

  • Lauderhill 6-12

  • Bair Middle

  • Plantation High

  • Indian Ridge Middle

  • Western High

  • Crystal Lake Middle

  • Pompano Beach Middle

  • Blanche Ely High

Click here for a map of the schools Firewall serves

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide homework help/tutoring

  • Build lasting relationships with their group of students

  • Model positive behaviors

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide support to a team of AmeriCorps Firewall Mentors as they help their assigned students with homework and tutoring

  • Communicate with Firewall students’ parents and school staff on a regular basis

  • Ensure appropriate order and discipline at your assigned Firewall Center Location

  • Continually monitor student academic standing and implement intervention strategies when necessary with support from Firewall’s Academic Program Director.

Mentor Position Description


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop an excellent relationship with the students while promoting positive attendance, behavior, and course performance.
  • Manage student behavior and appropriate order
  • Assess the individual academic needs of each of your 8 to 12 students to ensure the completion of all school work accurately and on time.
  • Maintain accurate records related to each student’s academics and behavior.
  • Assist in the daily set-up and breakdown of the program as well as help students, staff, parents, or volunteers in any area needed


  • Check grades on Broward County’s grade-tracking system for assigned group of 8-12 students.
  • Assist the students with their homework, projects, and in studying for tests/quizzes daily.
  • Monitor and record daily behavior and mediate any conflicts between students.
  • Assist in the daily set-up and breakdown of the center.

Skills required:

  • Strong people skills and the ability to work well with students and staff.
  • Proficient in all academic subject areas (English, Algebra, Science, & Social Studies)
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office
  • High School graduate

Lead Mentor Position Description

Job Mission: The Firewall Lead Mentor ensures that their assigned Firewall Center operates effectively and that all student and program outcomes are being met to ultimately results in transformed lives.

Summary of Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a familiarization with the public school system, assigned school and its staff so that they can advocate effectively on behalf of Firewall, its students, and parents.
  • Evaluate the individual needs of the students at their Center and communicate with teachers, parents, students and Firewall staff so that any concerns related to a student’s high school graduation, career and college preparation are addressed and any necessary interventions are carried out.*
  • Efficiently and effectively solve problems, mediate conflicts, and provide maximum accountability to everyone connected with the center.
  • Communicate, delegate, and train center staff assuring that everyone is reaching toward achieving the program objectives.
  • Ensure Center Attendance, Behavior and Course Performance outcomes are being met.
  • Ensure that assigned Center is running effectively and efficiently.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree / Associates preferred or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Excellent computer skills including: Microsoft Suite.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Self-starter with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong “people skills” and the ability to work well with and support students, staff, parents, teachers, and school administrators.
  • Must be organized with good time-management skills.

List of Duties:

  • Establish relationships with school’s faculty and staff, and become familiarized with school’s calendar.
  • Attend all necessary orientations, open houses, and other events at assigned school to promote Firewall Centers as well as to recruit and register students for the program.
  • Participate in Firewall special events.
  • Assist in reviewing student applications to determine their eligibility for the Firewall program.
  • Orient new students and their parents to communicate program requirements.
  • Track each student’s progress on Broward /County’s grade-tracking system weekly, creating a plan of action for each student that ensures that outcomes related to Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance are being met.
  • Develop personalized Academic Plans that will both improve the academic performance of struggling students as well as advance the learning of the higher performing ones.
  • Provide high school graduation, college preparation and career guidance to high school students.*
  • Establish relationships with local nonprofit organizations to facilitate community service opportunities for High School students. *
  • Establish relationships with community professionals and post-secondary institutions to facilitate speaking and workshop opportunities for High School Centers, as well as internships.*
  • Communicate with parents, teachers and school staff as necessary to keep everyone informed and to address any special concerns.
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences as necessary.
  • Teach Firewall’s T.H.I.N.K. Curriculum and facilitate group discussions.
  • Maintain up-to-date staff records related to timesheets and evaluations.
  • Train and shadow Center staff to ensure that they carry out job duties effectively and efficiently.
  • Hold and attend weekly staff meetings both at the Firewall Centers and Headquarters.
  • Specific to High School Director

“When my mentor helped me with my homework, I knew she cared.”