Next Steps Coach- help youth with college prep or career readiness!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


424 NE 172nd AvePortland, OR 97230


Volunteer Next Steps Coach Position Description

About Next Steps

The Next Steps Program trains dedicated college students & college graduates in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area to volunteer as "coaches" to a high school junior, senior, or recent graduate from Friends of the Children who is preparing for their life after high school graduation. As a coach, you will be helping students make and achieve goals that will help them have a successful transition out of high school. This may look like helping youth with college preparation and/or helping with career goal setting.

Essential Responsibilities and Activities

  • Meet with assigned youth for a minimum of 1-hour weekly, for the first couple weeks then switch to 2hr every other week.
  • Facilitate activities and conversations that will help youth discover their skills/strength, learning preferences, areas of interest, and other relevant life factors.
  • Build a productive, attentive, and compassionate relationships with youth.
  • Guide youth through investigating potential/appropriate post-secondary programs (relevant colleges, apprenticeships, internships, vocational schools, etc.) for pursing that career.
  • Help youth mentee determine and articulate a "game plan" for their post-secondary life, and guide them through the initial action steps to set this plan in motion (e.g. help them submit a FAFSA, write a resume, etc.)

Required Qualifications

  • Must commit to meeting with youth for up to 6 hours every mouth throughout Winter and Spring term.
  • Must attend preliminary training
  • Must consent to a criminal background check and agree to abide by confidentiality guidelines.
  • Must be able and willing to work with students from diverse backgrounds

Volunteer Benefits

  • Access to optional personal/professional development seminars throughout the year
  • Experience, references, contacts in the non-profit/education field
  • Fulfill Community-Based Learning course component, Community Service requirement, or Capstone project
  • Opportunity to be a positive force and resource in a young person’s life!

Time Commitment

  • Program begins in October and goes through June.
  • Building a healthy and safe relationships with the youth is essential to provide useful guidance; therefore, coaches should be prepared to spend an hour each week with youth match. You may need to plan on having time to prepare activities or materials beforehand.


  • FOTC has two locations. You will be meeting youth primary in at the Rockwood location but you also have the opportunity to meet at our main office at Morris

Rockwood Location:

424 NE 172nd Ave,

Portland, OR 97230

Main Office:

44 NE Morris Street

Portland, OR 97212

Contact Information

If you’re interested in this program or have any questions please email the program coordinator at: Make sure you list your name and the best way to get in contact with you.


  • Mentoring
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approximately 1 hour/week

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