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.)
- 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
- 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!
- 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
424 NE 172nd Ave,
Portland, OR 97230
44 NE Morris Street
Portland, OR 97212
If you’re interested in this program or have any questions please email the program coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you list your name and the best way to get in contact with you.
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- Approximately 1 hour/week