• 60 people are interested

Become a Reading Mentor with The Shadow Project! (In-person)

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ORGANIZATION: The Shadow Project

  • 60 people are interested

The Shadow Project is recruiting volunteers to become in-person Reading Mentors in Portland, Oregon schools. Mentors work one-on-one with students with learning challenges, motivating them to set and achieve weekly reading goals using assistive reading technology and an extensive audiobook library.

We are currently in need of volunteers who can volunteer in East Portland, near Gresham.

Volunteers need to meet the following criteria:

  • 18+ years old
  • Commit 2 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months during one of the following cycles: Fall (Sept.-Dec.), Winter (Jan.-March), Spring (April-Spring). Yearlong commitment is encouraged, but not required.
  • Volunteer in the mornings or afternoon during school hours, 9am-3pm
  • Available to volunteer in East Portland, near Gresham
  • Provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our volunteer interest form https://tinyurl.com/y5dche35. If you have questions, please contact us at serve@shadow-project.org. Thank you!

NOTE: As COVID-19 Requirements state-wide evolve, we are asking our in-person volunteers to please be vaccinated, and be able to show proof of vaccine status.

Accessibility information: Volunteers will be in schools, seated for most of the event, and there is no lifting involved.

As part of our commitment to advancing equity for diverse learners, we work to recruit and retain a diverse staff, volunteers, and board-one that welcomes and engages people with diverse, intersectional identities. We encourage and support applicants from all backgrounds to join us in our work. This includes -- but is in no way limited to -- people experiencing disability, BIPOC individuals, and LGBTQIA2S+.

2 Shifts

  • morning / 09:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Shifts are only 2 hours during the morning hours, and specific times are TBD based on volunteer and teacher availability.
  • afternoon / 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM
    Shifts are only 2 hours during the afternoon hours, and specific times are TBD based on volunteer and teacher availability.
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About The Shadow Project


2154 NE Broadway, Suite 130, Portland, OR 97232, US

Mission Statement

The Shadow Project envisions an education system that normalizes and celebrates learning differences and supports every student to thrive in school. We have a proven track record of fostering social and academic growth for schoolchildren with learning challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and trauma, many of whom are from communities of color, low-income backgrounds, and/or are English Language Learners. With the conviction that all students can graduate from high school given access to the right supports, The Shadow Project provides innovative tools and techniques tailored to diverse learners and supports teachers in integrating those tools into their classrooms. Together we've helped to unleash the potential of more than 14,000 capable learners in grades K-12 in Portland, McMinnville, and Salem.


Founded by a Portland mom whose son, who has dyslexia, was ready to give up on school in second grade, The Shadow Project has helped foster success for children in pre-K - th grade whose special education needs include dyslexia, ADHD, autism, speech/language challenges, and trauma.

The Shadow Project has evolved from an all-volunteer "mom and pup" operation to a 501(c)3 nonprofit partnered with schools in multiple Oregon counties. The organization has three proven programs (https://www.shadow-project.org/school-programs/)that celebrate the inherent worth of every child.

Check out this video created by one of our interns from Portland State University, about their experience: https://youtu.be/aizo8gC2Abw


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
People with Disabilities
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts


Multiple locations Portland, OR 97232



  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Youth Services
  • Reading / Writing
  • Special Needs


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours for one cycle (3-months). There are opportunities to continue for additional cycles.
  • May be required to pass a district level background check in addition to organization specific background check.

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