SLS: Youth Education Serve Your City Team Lead with the Student Community Engagement Center (2022-23 school year)
The Student Community Engagement Center is the hub for student civic engagement at Portland State University. Our Serve Your City *Series* opportunities are designed to engage students in multi-week service projects with a specific community partner, allowing students to dig in deeper and return to the same organization multiple times in a term or year.
Are you passionate about serving the Portland community and supporting a team of PSU students working to do the same? Make a difference by stepping up as a Serve Your City Series lead in the area of Youth Education!
Our Serve Your City *Series* opportunities are designed to engage students in multi-week service projects with a specific community partner, allowing students to dig in deeper and return to the same organization multiple times in a term or year. Serve Your City Team Leads will help support the development and facilitation of these weekly service opportunities.
Youth Education Team Lead: Our likely community partner(s) for the 2022-23 school year will be:
- Glenfair Elementary in partnership with Multnomah County Library, leading a virtual reading tutor program with a 2nd grade classroom. The pandemic has set back a lot of kids in their learning, and most of the 2nd graders we will be working with are reading at a Pre-K or Kindergarten level. By providing reading support to these kids, volunteers in this program will help support learners in improving their reading skills and catching up to their grade level.
- IRCO’s Refugee & Immigrant Student Empowerment (RISE) program, which brings students in as tutors for RISE's educational enrichment program for recently arrived refugee and immigrant students in grades 9-12. The program takes place at David Douglas high school as part of IRCO, the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, whose mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multi-ethnic society.
- For either partnership, weekday availability during school hours will be important, with exact times TBD.
The Youth Education Serve Your City Team lead will serve from Fall - Spring to help coordinate, recruit, onboard, and take on weekly leadership of their volunteer team. Depending on timing considerations and community partner preference, team leads may begin leading their teams right away in Fall term, or they may spend Fall focused on getting to know their organizations and developing a student recruitment plan, and then will launch their teams in Winter and Spring terms.
The Serve Your City Team Lead will be responsible for the following:
Work with the Serve Your City Student Coordinator to plan for and coordinate a Serve Your City: Series opportunity focused on their specific issue area
Support marketing, outreach, and social media coordination to promote program engagement
Assist in the onboarding and orientation/training of Serve Your City Series volunteers
Provide leadership support and mentorship for Serve Your City Series volunteers during weekly or bi-weekly shifts
Lead team reflections and debriefs at the close of each shift
Develop and/or implement educational discussions and activities for students to learn more about the issue area they are serving.
Attend bi-weekly organizational planning meetings with Student Coordinator and other Team Leads
Depending on the placement, serve as transportation lead to help students get to and from the service site from PSU. This may look like taking public transport together to and from campus, or getting certified to drive for PSU so you can transport students to and from campus in a program-sponsored Zipcar.
Orientation and Training:
Serve Your City Team Leads will participate in some team lead training with the Student Community Engagement Center between mid-September and early October, as well as going through any required orientation and training of the community partner partner (Multnomah County Library, IRCO, or any other organization we may be working with).
Skills and Knowledge Required:
- Have prior volunteer and/or student leadership experience
- Have prior knowledge and the desire to learn about the the issue of Youth Education
- Ability to communicate effectively with faculty/staff, community partners, and peers
- Serve as primary contact-person for Serve Your City partner sites
- Serve as primary contact-person and GivePulse support for student volunteers
- Desire to develop leadership skills and support your peers through training, service reflection, and discussion
- Interest in and ability to facilitate conversations about the issues of youth education and access with your team members
- Willingness to attend all required trainings, orientations and organizational meetings
- Available for weekly organizational planning meetings
Benefits of this Positions: In this position, you will gain experience both serving as a regular volunteer at your organization and the opportunity to develop and hone your leadership skills as the team lead. You'll gain experience in recruitment, group facilitation and communication, leading project reflections, and working the admin side of GivePulse to manage your team. Depending on the site you end up working with, you'll be able to work either in person or virtually to support students and know that you are helping them learn and grow. And you'll get to know other PSU students along the way!
Location: In person service with IRCO will take place at David Douglas High School (1001 SE 135th Ave) and the lead will split their time between the PSU campus and the community partner site where you will be serving with your group. Virtual service with the Multnomah County Library will primarily take place over Zoom, though there will be opportunities and training times with Student Community Engagement Center staff in person at PSU.
Supervision: The team lead will report both to the Student Community Engagement Center staff and to the primary contact at the organization with whom they will be serving.
Schedule Available: 4-6 hours per week, including your weekly shift at your community partner and taking students to and from the organization (for in person service). For either partnership, weekday availability during school hours will be important, with exact times TBD.