Our mentors come from different walks of life and artistic paths, all connected by their love for the arts and a passion to pay it forward. They are Guitars Over Guns’ heart and soul, implementing and customizing our comprehensive curriculum that uses arts-based mentoring as a powerful intervention tool for young people.
GOGO Mentors are professional musicians and performing artists who bring a high caliber of artistic expertise to the classroom. They are excited about serving their community, passionate about introducing youth to the power of music and the arts, and committed to being a steadfast, guiding presence in the lives of our students. The Mentor role is a year-long position, and mentors will be assigned a school site within our partner school districts. Each school site meets twice per week during after-school hours. Additional hours may include special activities, such as field trips.
We accept mentor applications year-round on a rolling basis in all three of our regions of operation (Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles). Applicants will be notified when they are being considered for an opening.
☑ Mentor must have the ability to perform and teach at least one of the following: piano, vocals, drums, guitar, bass, rap, creative writing, spoken word, songwriting, music production, or visual art.
☑ Serve as a role model for students in the musical craft of their choice, which includes learning techniques as well as stage presence and performance.
☑ Implement Guitars Over Guns’ provided Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activities, strategies, techniques, and tools.
☑ Manage a classroom of students with a team to align with programmatic and student goals.
☑ Create lesson plans to guide students and teammates through the day. This can include bringing materials for student learning.
☑ Maintain a program structure that supports student learning and shares power with students.
☑ Communicate with students as an advocate and ally, depending on the specific goals and objectives negotiated with the mentee.
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