Become a MAPS Mentor for the 2020-21 school year and support youth at Alder Elementary!

Open Opportunity


Positions11 Remaining
ApprovalOrganizer will approve registrants
RegistrationOpens Apr 9, 2020 1:00am
Registration ClosesOct 19, 2020 11:59pm or when space runs out.
Age Limit18 and up
The Student Community Engagement Office is seeking enthusiastic applicants to join our MAPS mentor team for the 2020-21 school year to support and mentor elementary school youth and be their "college lunch buddy"! Mentors will be trained in Fall 2020 be matched with their mentee by Winter 2021. 

Alder Elementary School has a large population of students who face economic barriers in a diverse multilingual and multicultural area. PSU volunteers meet with Alder students weekly for one-on-one support to build relationships and foster a culture that promotes college attainment. In addition to supporting mentees through one-on-one connection in the classroom, mentors build strong relationships with their mentees as noon-time "lunch buddies," engaging in fun conversations, games, and activities to get the mentees thinking about college, higher education, and future careers. The Mentors: Alder and Portland State (MAPS) program is a collaboration between Portland State University and Together We Are Greater Than at Alder Elementary School (located at 17200 SE Alder St, Portland, OR 97233).

Transportation is provided by a generous sponsorship from Zipcar. Student mentors who are willing to be certified as PSU drivers help transport fellow mentors to Alder.

Mentor Primary Duties:
> Travel to Alder once a week to mentor an elementary school student
> Support mentee's personal and academic development
> Attend monthly Mentor Development Days
> Build a relationship with mentee while exposing mentee to concepts of higher education
> Participate and lead portions of Annual Service Days
> Assist in the planning and preparation for Fall & Spring Alder College Day events

Mentoring Benefits:
> Experience teaching and mentoring an elementary school student
> Develop knowledge, and skills that you can use in your career and community work
> Meet other passionate mentors and share insights.
> Learn about ethical service and mentoring best practices

> Be enrolled at PSU for each academic term during the 2020-21 academic year.
> Maintain institutional an undergraduate GPA of 2.0 or a graduate GPA of 2.5
> Interest in teaching and mentoring children
> Some prior experience working or connecting with kids
> Ability to model leadership, professional behavior, and be a strong role model

Applications are open from now through early Fall term. Mentor training will begin the final week of October and extend through November on either Tuesday or Wednesday mornings (depending on your availability). Mentors will be matched with their mentee by the end of Fall term and begin mentoring during the Winter/Spring 2021 terms.

To apply, press the green Registration button on the upper right hand corner of this page.

The information you provide in this application will be used to assure that the MAPS program is pairing and recruiting the best mentors for our mentoring program. Please provide as much information as possible.

For more information or questions, please email or check out the MAPS Mentorship page on our website:

The MAPS Mentorship program is a program of the Student Community Engagement Center. The Student Community Engagement Center's mission is to provide robust and varied co-curricular opportunities for all students at Portland State to engage with the community and become catalysts for change. 
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