Board Positions for Youth Mentoring Program - Gresham, OR
FAMILY OF FRIENDS MENTORING
Mission: We leverage the power of mentoring relationships in East County to support positive self-identity and youth leadership, so young people have a platform to build the futures they want for themselves and their communities.
Through long-term, individual, and family-style mentoring, Family of Friends creates a village of
support. Kids get more adult support and a chance to share their voice, parents and guardians get
an advocate for their child’s physical and mental health, and volunteer mentors gain new
perspectives while sharing their time and experience.
History: Family of Friends was founded in 2003 by Mike and Kris Forzley under the umbrella
of Trillium Family Services. The program has matched more than 300 children and families
with mentors, many of whom are still in touch today.
In October 2016, Family of Friends spun off to be an independent nonprofit in a one-of-a-kind
partnership with the City of Gresham. Now located at Gresham City Hall, the program receives
in-kind rent and administrative support from the City and is now able to focus on supporting
children in Gresham, Rockwood and East Multnomah County.
Please visit our website to learn more about our values and our programs. www.family-offriends.org
Board Commitments: We are seeking dedicated individuals with professional and/or lived
experience who represent the communities we serve and who are committed to helping our kids
and families thrive.
Benefits of Being a Family of Friends Board Member:
* Have a positive impact on the lives of children and families in our local community.
* Learn about the inner workings of a healthy nonprofit and help it grow.
* Enrich your own life and the lives of youth and volunteers by giving your time and
Key board member duties include:
1) Hiring/firing the executive director and providing foresight, oversight and insight to
ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission.
2) Ensuring the financial and cultural well-being of the organization and acting as key
spokespeople for the organization in the community.
3) Connecting the organization with funding opportunities and growing the capacity of the
organization to fulfill our mission.
Term & Time commitments:
1) 2-year term, with a three-term maximum.
2) Attend 75% of meetings, held every other month, for two-hours at Gresham City Hall (6-
3) Additional 1-2 hours of service per month for special projects or committee work
4) Make a personal financial contribution that is meaningful for you
Key Skills: We are seeking voices that represent our local communities and have experience or
connections in the following areas:
1) Fundraising and strategic partnership development in education, business and social
2) Small business development and branding support: Accounting, finance, legal,
communications, HR and/or IT experience to help the program develop strong
internal management systems.
3) Humility, and a willingness to be an active listener and critically examine the systems
of power and oppression in our community and how these systems affect us and our
participants. We believe that ongoing self-reflection is critical to building relevant
programs that address long-term change in our community.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About FAMILY OF FRIENDS MENTORING
1333 NW EASTMAN PKWY, GRESHAM, OR 97030, US
Family of Friends builds relationships that elevate kids and families make our community stronger. We envision a world where every child and family has access to responsive systems that help them live healthy, meaningful and productive lives.
For 14 years Family of Friends has been helping low-income families by matching kids with caring, adult volunteer mentors and mentor families. We build systems of support so kids and families build strong connections and the entire community benefits!
With a focus on prevention, our program pairs kids with volunteer adults, couples and entire families as mentors. Our awesome kids live in East Multnomah County, range in age from 6-12 and typically come from low-income backgrounds. We are seeking stable, caring adults, couples and families who can give a youth 1-3 hours per week of healthy, quality time for at least one year. Matches meet outside of school or on weekends. Scheduling is flexible and participants are screened, trained and supported by professional staff every step of the way.
Through weekly outings outside of school, mentors help kids build social and emotional skills linked to academic success, and provide access to safe, fun activities in the community.