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Help a Deserving Student Get to College with Minds Matter Portland

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ORGANIZATION: Minds Matter of Portland

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Minds Matter is an organization seeking to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by preparing them for college success. We do this through a tutoring and mentoring program that starts their sophomore year of high school and continues until graduation (and beyond). The goal is to get these deserving students into four-year colleges with as little debt as possible so they can pursue their dreams.

We are currently seeking mentors, tutors, and general support volunteers for the 2024-2025 Session - beginning in September of 2024.

TUTORING: Tutoring sessions take place in the morning from 10:00 - Noon. We concentrate on strengthening math and writing skills. Additional course specific tutoring is offered as well. Tutors work with the students one on one or in groups to help them achieve success at school.
* Current college students are welcome to apply for tutoring positions

MENTORING: As a mentor, you will be paired with a Minds Matter student and a co-mentor, both of with whom you will meet with weekly, from 12:30 to 2:30, at the Minds Matter Saturday sessions throughout the school year. At the sophomore and junior sessions, you will assist the students in working on completing summer college program applications, application essays, and college/university selection in preparation for their final college application process senior year. You will also develop and challenge the students through engaged participation in activities such as our "What’s Going on in the World" exercise, a weekly current events discussion and debate series, financial literacy and executive functioning exercises.

What we expect from our Mentors:

  • Able to attend at least 75% of the in-person Saturday sessions
  • Be a graduate of a four-year university
  • Cultivate and maintain a relationship with your mentee
  • Act as a positive influence and a role model
OTHER POSITIONS: Beyond tutoring and mentoring, there are other support positions that are needed including:
  • Saturday Session Lunch Coordination and Support
  • Volunteer Recruitment Coordination & Support
  • Student Recruitment Coordination & Support
  • Social Media/Marketing
  • Grant Writing Lead
There are also many volunteer-only get-togethers throughout the year, including happy hours and fundraisers. In addition, you have the opportunity to join additional volunteer teams and directly contribute to the strategic vision and direction of Minds Matter Portland. You will also have access to a strong local network of young professionals in a variety of industries.

Additional information on being a mentor can be found at: https://www.mindsmatterportland.org/volunteers.html

You can apply directly at: https://www.tfaforms.com/310839

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About Minds Matter of Portland


PO BOX 12089, PORTLAND, OR 97212, US

Mission Statement

Minds Matter connects driven and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college, create their future, and change the world.


Minds Matter of Portland, chartered in 2006, is a three-year mentoring program that begins in students’ sophomore year of high school. We offer a combination of individualized mentor support and group tutoring that provides these high-achieving young with the resources, information and guidance they need to gain admission to, enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges. Since our start, 100% of our students have accepted to a four-year college or university.

Each year Minds Matter of Portland serves 54+ students with the help of over 100 mentors, and a volunteer staff of 37 focused on curriculum, administration, logistics, and fundraising.

As a mentor, you will be paired with a Minds Matter student and a co-mentor, both of with whom you will meet with weekly at the Minds Matter Saturday sessions throughout the school year. To apply, please visit: https://www.mindsmatterportland.org/volunteers.html


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


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St. Andrew Nativity School4925 NE 9th AvePortland, OR 97211


  • Mentoring
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Tutoring




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • You will be meeting with your mentee for two hours every Saturday during the school year. You will not meet during school breaks. Checking in midweek via text or calling is encouraged, but not required.
  • Minimum Bachelors degree for Mentors. Tutors are not required to have a degree but must at least be currently enrolled in a 4-year college/university to apply.

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