Shelterwood Academy Live-in Mentor *SIGN-ON BONUS*

Shelterwood (Christian Residential Treatment Center for Struggling Teens)

Job Description


Shelterwood Academy is a Christ-centered therapeutic boarding school for teens located on 220 wooded acres outside of Kansas City, MO. For 41 years, the organization has brought hope and restoration to families by helping teens overcome depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, technology addictions, substance abuse and other behavioral and mental health conditions. Each teen is supported by an interdisciplinary team of Christian men and women which include licensed therapists, certified addiction counselors, licensed teachers at our accredited on-campus high school, and around-the-clock mentors.

Mentors make a profound impact on the teens in their care. As they work with teens, Mentors lay groundwork for social, academic and spiritual growth of the students. Shelterwood Academy is not designed to simply create behavioral change, but to cultivate deep heart change and set students up to succeed in life. 

The word "Shelterwood" describes a forestry technique in which older, stronger trees shelter and protect younger trees on the forest floor until they stand, grow and thrive on their own. In the same way, Shelterwood Academy Mentors offer struggling teens a safe, loving place to heal and flourish.

We are currently looking for energetic, highly motivated, responsible, mature and single (as in not married) individuals (between the ages of 21 - 35) looking to become life-changing mentors for at-risk teens. Driven by faith, it is through life-on-life relationships that our staff communicates wisdom, direction, hope and encouragement to teenagers struggling with mental and behavioral health conditions.

If you are looking for a year after college to:

  • Further discern or develop calling in ministry, youth ministry, mental health and social work.
  • Participate with God and the restoration of families in crisis with at-risk teens.
  • Expand your career opportunities at Shelterwood or through Shelterwood's network of relationships in the community.
  • Earn money to support yourself, continue graduate studies, and/or pay off school loans...

The Live-in Mentor Position at Shelterwood Academy might be for you!

Specific Responsibilities /Training and Development:

  • Participates in orientation and ongoing training, which equips staff in residential care. Examples of training include equipping staff to work with teens who have a variety of behavioral issues, knowledge of HIPPA guidelines, state mandated reporting, cultural diversity, sexual abuse awareness, policy and procedures, record keeping, and documentation.
  • Demonstrates competencies in administering medications, de-escalation training, and Handle with Care restraint techniques.
  • Utilizes Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) techniques to engage students who are struggling to develop appropriate interventions tailored for students
  • Be available during all scheduled work hours for other tasks, training, and meetings deemed necessary.

Safety and Oversight of Students:

  • Provide safety and oversight/coverage of students utilizing the components of Shelterwood unique therapeutic program. While this occurs primarily in the residential setting, it may also occur by assisting in the school, supervising meal times, and in a variety of daily settings and activities.
  • Develop intentional relationships with students by investing in and caring about their individual stories and journeys at Shelterwood, encouraging growth and walking beside them as they do.
  • Help facilitate logistics of a structured, supervised environment for each student’s schedule including: sight & sounds restrictions, wake-ups, chores, meals, school, medication administration, parent phone calls, counseling, house and campus activities, study halls/academic restriction, hall/room times, bible studies, lights out, etc.
  • Maintain a safe and loving environment for all students as part of the residential care team.
  • Respond appropriately to crisis situations, ensuring all policies and procedures are followed and students are kept safe.

Skills Needed:

  • Time management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work well with a team
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Spiritual maturity
  • Healthy relationship skills

Minimum Requirements:

  • Sincere faith in Jesus Christ
  • A college degree and/or experience working with teenagers
  • A one-year commitment
  • Live on campus (dorm-style accommodations are provided)
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must hold a valid driver's license


  • Competitive Salary
  • Lodging and meals included
  • Excellent health/dental/vision insurance benefit package
  • Generous PTO package

Physical Demands:

While performing this job, an employee is required to stand, walk, bend, stoop, kneel, talk and hear. In some cases, the employee may be required to run a minimum of 100 yards or more. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Employee spends a lot of time on his/her feet and will walk the campus often. Employees may need to pick up or move items over 50 pounds. He or she will be trained for CPR/First Aid and Restraint Training, which will require physical endurance abilities. Accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

*Our campus is tobacco, smoke and alcohol-free. We hire only non-tobacco users.

Shelterwood Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Position Filled
Experience Required
Entry level


Education Required
Some college

Date Posted
9 months ago
Kansas City, Missouri


Church Size
125-250 people