Makerspace Mentor at Rockwood Library (ages 14-18)

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ORGANIZATION: Multnomah County Library

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Multnomah County Library seeks creative teen volunteers to assist with the Rockwood Library makerspace. The makerspace aims to inspire teens to make - using your hands, provided tools, and imaginations! Teen Maker volunteers will test new maker activities with other teens inside the makerspace. Volunteers will also have the chance to help shape the space by providing valuable feedback and ideas.

BIPOC community members and those fluent in languages other than English are encouraged to apply.

Location: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233

Time commitment: Two to four shifts per month. We ask volunteers for a commitment to participate for 6 months. Scheduling is flexible; most shifts are after school hours and on weekends, with some evenings in the future.

Responsibilities

  • Welcome teens to Teen Drop In, help them sign in and get started in the space
  • Mentor other teens on how to make, build and create
  • Other tasks could include: preparing and organizing makerspace supplies, making fliers, collecting statistics, data entry, making reminder calls to volunteers or people signed up for maker classes
  • Train users on safety rules and equipment use

Skills & Qualifications

  • Comfortable and excited about trying new creative things
  • Enthusiastic about working with others
  • Enjoy talking with people and providing information
  • Enjoy working with computers
  • Ability to follow directions and makerspace rules
  • Ability to work and talk effectively with people from different cultures
  • Reliable and ability to travel to Rockwood for agreed upon scheduled shifts
  • 14-18 years of age with some exceptions made for 12 and 13 year olds

Training & Other Requirements

  • Meeting and overview of makerspace with Makerspace staff
  • Previous attendance in makerspace programs including Drop In and workshops
  • Attend specific makerspace training, some of the training may be online
  • Site orientation and review of volunteer program policies and procedures

Benefits

  • Regular volunteering to help our community learn and create
  • Use of cool new technology equipment
  • Learn new skills and teach others
  • Be around creative people that like to make, build and create
  • Hang out in the makerspace
  • Get volunteer hours for school or service project requirements
  • Enhance your college application by listing the people and technology skills you gain volunteering in the Makerspace

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About Multnomah County Library

Location:

Volunteer Services, 205 NE Russell Street, Portland, OR 97212, US

Mission Statement

Empowering our community to learn and create

Description

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi River, with a history that reaches back to 1864. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services.

The mission of the volunteer program is to engage community members in enhancing the services that Multnomah County Library is able to provide online, at library locations, and in the community. Volunteers are engaged throughout the organization including at all of our 19 libraries and our outreach programs.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Computers & Technology, Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

17917 Southeast Stark StreetRockwood LibraryPortland, OR 97233

(45.51953,-122.47908)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Computer Science
  • Robotics
  • STEM

GOOD FOR

  • Teens

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two to four 3-hour shifts per month.

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