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As a caregiver, you’ll build relationships and enhance lives by providing care and support to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, physical or behavioral challenges, or traumatic brain injuries. The work you do is meaningful - you can make a real difference in the lives of those we serve to live as independently as possible.

  • Full Time, Part Time, and PRN
  • Days, Weekends, Nights, Overnights
  • Meaningful Work

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Can you be a successful caregiver for The MENTOR Network? If you share these traits, you can help the people you serve experience the true freedom that comes from learning to live independently.

  • Trustworthy
  • Compassionate
  • Communicator
  • Responsible
  • Sensible
  • Patient

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I wanted to make a difference in the world and saw the opportunity as a DSP as a way to make the world a better place. Helping someone else achieve their goals made me feel awesome.

~ Jon Fisher, President, Community Support Services (CSS), started his career as a Direct Support Professional.


  • Health/Wellness

  • Paid Time Off

  • Training

  • Career Development

  • Recognition

  • 401k and HSA/FSA

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Job Responsibilities

Job ID 20000L49 Description
Youth Support Specialist
Primary Location: United States-NJ-NJLafayette
Function:Direct Support Professional (Caregivers)

The health and safety of our employees and of those individuals we serve is of utmost importance to us. Due to the essential services we provide as Youth Support Specialists, we continue to accept applications and fill open positions in our residential programs. Providing round-the-clock care, we have full-time and part-time schedules open with all shifts available immediately.


To be sure we extend that concern to our recruitment process, we will be leveraging digital capabilities to meet virtually and continue to recruit top talent at New Jersey MENTOR a partner of The MENTOR Network. Due to the public health concerns regarding COVID-19, as your application progresses, you will be asked to participate in virtual interviews using one of our digital tools. Our recruitment team will provide further details to assist you in your recruitment journey.


Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we focus on the safety and well-being of those we serve, as well as one another. 


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Are You Passionate About Supporting At-Risk Youth?!

New Jersey MENTOR is looking for Youth Support Specialists (YSS) who have the talent, education, and energy to team with us on our mission of improving the lives of at-risk youth- a job with real impact!


Our Specialty Group Homes and community based Residential Care, are designed for youth with intensive clinical and/ or behavioral needs. We are a leader in providing caring support and intensive therapy.  NJ MENTOR is looking to build our team with people who are passionate about supporting youth in our communities

Our schedules can be flexible for a primary or secondary job.  If you understand that your interactions with youth provide the path for a better future, we would like to speak with you.

What we ask of you:


·       Orient youth within our NJ MENTOR program(s) by providing compassion, assistance with individual plans and supervision

·       Provide guidance to each youth/teen in the areas of daily living, personal care, financial management, community and social integration and/or job skills development

·       Establish a therapeutic relationship focused on building relationships, direct support and service delivery

·       Coordinate, organize and/or assist with household activities such as light housekeeping, meal preparation and life skills training

·       Provide transportation to school, activities and appointments

·       Provide thorough proper documentation and notes in collaboration with team members


What require of you:


  • High School Diploma/GED with a minimum of 3 years (36 months) of verifiable experience working with At-Risk Youth


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Social Services, Criminal Justice or Psychology with a minimum of 1 year (12 months) of verifiable experience working with At-Risk Youth
  • Verifiable experience providing service to teens ages 10-21 with emotional, medical, and/ or behavioral challenges
  • Valid driver’s license in good standing
  • CPR/First Aid certification is a plus (we will train you)
  • Successful clearance of local and/or state background checks
  • 3 professional references who can attest to your work with youth

What we offer you:

  • Full, Part-time, or per diem positions available with a variety of schedules
  • A rewarding work environment with a chance to make a difference in the lives of youth and families on a daily basis
  • Family-oriented environment, casual dress, employee events

·Competitive pay rates, mileage reimbursement

·Paid time off and benefits for full-time positions

  • Career development, and advancement opportunities throughout our nation-wide Network
  • A dynamic work environment where no day is ever the same

New Jersey MENTOR is a partner of The MENTOR Network, a national network of local human services providers offering quality, community-based services. With ~30,000 employees serving ~30,000 people in 37 states, you'll have career opportunities from coast to coast. When you join The MENTOR Network, you’ll make a difference every day helping to provide life enhancing services to individuals across the country.

Come join our team of dedicated and caring professionals and grow with us- Apply today!


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