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Become a Reading Mentor with The Shadow Project, in Portland, Oregon

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The Shadow Project

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Audiobook Reading Coaching

Volunteer Reading Mentors empower students with learning challenges to succeed!

The Shadow Project is recruiting volunteers to become in-person Reading Mentors in Portland, Oregon area school districts. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with children at various public schools in the Portland metro area, based on volunteer location and availability.

As a Reading Mentor, you'll 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. You'll mentor in a public school classroom during the regular school day.

We are looking for volunteers (18+ years old) who can commit to 2 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months (during the following cycles: Fall 2021, Winter 2021, Spring 2022). Shifts are either in the mornings or afternoon during school hours, and we are beginning to recruit specifically for Fall. This opportunity will run from mid-September, 2021 until winter break (December, 2021).

If you are interested in volunteering, please express interest by completing our volunteer interest form or contact us at for more information. 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 as requested.

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


2165 ne broadway, suite 130, PORTLAND, OR 97232, US

Mission Statement

The Shadow Project's mission is to make learning more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges so they can achieve their full potential. We partner with teachers at schools across the Portland Metro to create equitable school environments and improved academic outcomes for students with learning challenges, like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism. The majority of the students we serve are from communities of color, low-income backgrounds, and are English Language Learners. Since 2003, Shadow has empowered more than 11,000 students to be confident, engaged learners who thrive in school and life. Check out this video created by a Shadow Project 2021 Spring Term PSU CYFS Student intern, regarding their experience working with The Shadow Project:


Founded by a Portland mom whose dyslexic son was ready to give up on school in second grade, the 15-year-old The Shadow Project has helped foster success for nearly 11,000 children in grades pre-K to eight whose special education needs include dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and speech/language and sensory disorders. With the conviction that all students can graduate from high school given access to the right supports, the nonprofit Shadow Project provides innovative tools and techniques tailored to diverse learners and supports teachers in integrating those tools into their classrooms.

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
  • Each mentor is required to volunteer 2 hours a week, for the duration of the mentoring cycle for which they are recruited. There will be 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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