Therapeutic Mentor/Group Leader

The Discovery School of Virginia

About the organization

The Discovery School of Virginia and The Discovery School of Virginia for Girls serve middle and high school boys and girls on separate campuses in central Virginia. The schools are outdoor living, therapeutic boarding schools. They each support transformation to a positive future through the long-term camping experience, rigorous academics, and integrated transitional and family support services. The schools use a relational therapeutic approach focusing on the power of positive relationships to stabilize, heal, and personally grow. This process encourages the students to become self-confident and promotes an improved ability to live and work within a community. Each day offers the group opportunities for meaningful work, learning, appreciation, and fun. All must contribute, and so all have the chance to belong.


Group Leading/mentoring at The Discovery School of Virginia or The Discovery School of Virginia for Girls challenges you to apply your own life experience as part of a team committed to changing the lives of troubled youth. As a Group Leader, you will work cooperatively with other adults to plan growth and adventure experiences for youth in your care. You lead work and play activities as well as structured meetings where students resolve differences. Most importantly, you foster a healthy, secure environment in which young men and women can turn their lives around.
Mentoring duties involve the rebuilding of tents, cutting of firewood, general trail maintenance, participating in daily activities as well as adventure based trips, and cooking meals at campsite two days a week


Qualified applicants must have a college degree or at least six months experience working with youth in a residential setting. Applicants must also be willing to live outdoors in a 4 night on 3 night off schedule. Concern for others, a sense of adventure, a willingness to learn and work in a team environment also necessary.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to John Outland at [email protected] or call 434-983-5616 during traditional business hours.

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