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MIKE Program

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy

Location

9155 SW Barnes Rd. Ste 219Portland, OR 97225 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Support local youth while gaining experience and honing skills in health education and youth development by mentoring with MIKE Program! MIKE is accepting applications for health mentors for fall semester 2019-2020.
MIKE empowers youth to be health leaders through education, mentorship, and community outreach.
Health and education are linked. The level of education is the best predictor of health outcomes. The healthier you are the more likely you are to attain an education. The more education you have, the more likely you are to be healthy. Therefore, MIKE works toward health equity & educational parity. MIKE's vision: All people meeting their potential of vibrant good health, contributing as members of a vibrant, strong society.

You will act as a guide and positive role model for a group of 3-5 youth. You will join a teacher and MIKE staff to work with your youth along with a team of other mentors and their assigned youth. Mentors facilitate small group discussions, assist with hands-on activities, participate in a field trip, and facilitate a final Health Leadership Project as each youth team creates a project to promote health within their own community. Mentors will take turns providing healthy snacks to the class (paid for by MIKE Program).
When and how often: Mentors meet once per week, only during weeks when school is in session
Where: North Portland: In a high school health classroom at De La Salle North Catholic High School in North Portland just off the Yellow Max Line.
Day/Times: Meeting day Thursday, time per school schedule. Usually (you may apply for one or both sessions):
o 10:45 AM-12:10 PM (with youth 11:00-11:55 AM)
o 12:20-1:30 PM (with youth 12:35-1:30 PM)

Placement start: After training from August 29, 2019-December 19, 2019

Where: Hillsboro: In a science or general advisory classroom at Hillsboro Big Picture, just off the Blue Max Line in Hillsboro.
Times: Meeting day Wednesday mornings potentially either

o 9:40-11:15 AM (with youth 9:57-11:06 AM or 10:55 AM-12:25 PM (with youth 11:09AM-12:18PM). An incoming Principal is working out the timing-at any rate mid-late morning.

Placement start: After training from September 11, 2019-January 29, 2019.
Benefits to Mentoring:
* Fun
* Professional Development
* Experience working with adolescents (9-graders) from diverse backgrounds
* Free training and support in areas of adolescent health, youth development, and education
* Making a difference by guiding youth to learn about and embrace healthy behaviors
* Possible eligibility for academic credit, internship credit, or volunteer hour (direct service hours!) completion credits
* Professional recommendations for committed and dependable qualifying mentors

Description

Mentors meet once per week in a high school classroom for a semester. As a mentor, you will act as a guide and positive role model to form a small team of 4-5 youth. You will be placed in a health or after school classroom along with a team of other mentors, a teacher, and MIKE staff. You will take turns providing healthy snacks to the class (paid for by MIKE Program) and facilitate small group discussions, assist with hands-on activities, participate in (a) field trip(s), and facilitate a final health leadership project in which your group will share what they learn about health within their community.

Benefits to Mentor:
- Professional Development
- Social Networking
- Fun
- Experience working with high school youth from diverse backgrounds
- Free training and support in areas of adolescent health, youth development, and education
- Change management through guiding youth to learn about and embrace healthy behaviors
- Potential eligibility for qualified mentor to obtain academic credit, internship credit, service "direct hours", or volunteer hour completion credits
- Professional recommendations for committed and dependable mentors on completion of the term of service

Qualifications:
* At least 20 years old
* Live in the Portland Metro Area
* Reliable transportation (includes public transportation)
* Interest in public health, education, youth development, social service, social justice, health equity, educational parity
* Role model for health
* Good communication and listening skills
* Encouraging and supportive
* Patient and flexible
* Punctual and responsible
* Embraces individual differences
* Responsive to e-mail communication

Application Process:
* Complete mentor application, resume, and provide at least 3 references (see link below to on-line application at www.mikeprogram.org)
* Orientation and Interview with MIKE Program staff
* Fingerprint, background check and reference check
* Commitment to a full semester of mentoring every week school is in session (e.g.not spring break, winter break). It is imperative that once placed as a MIKE Program mentor, you complete your term of service and attend all mentoring sessions.
* Attend a free MIKE Program Mentor Training at Providence St. Vincent Hospital (9155 SW Barnes Rd., Portland, Oregon 97225).

To learn more or apply online, please visit http://mikeprogram.org/get-involved/become-a-mentor/ or contact Cheryl Neal, Executive Director/Program Director at 503-296-7705 or mentor@mikeprogram.org.

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