Our 2020 Outdoor Mentor recruitment season is open! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of time at home to begin the process of applying to become an outdoor mentor when COVID restrictions are lifted. We’re planning to host a virtual happy hour for prospective mentors to chat with us in late April or early May. Download the full position description for outdoor mentors HERE, and learn more about eligibility and the application process HERE. Let us know your questions and interest at the contact below, and be sure to add yourself to our Mailing List to get updates on our program status via our newsletters.
We’re adding new Board members on a rolling basis in 2020 to support our growing program! Download an announcement HERE and let us know your interest.
Learn more about our outdoor mentoring model below:
Like traditional mentors, our mentors are adults that want to make a difference in the life of a young person by spending the time with them to build a caring relationship. But they are also something else—they are the senior member of a very special partnership, one that happens outdoors in the many great places that Portland has to offer, and one that respects a young person’s interests, abilities, and background, and allows them to make guided choices that will build their self-confidence and problem solving skills. Senior Partners serve as the bridge between a young person’s family, community, and school life, and the possibilities that exploring urban nature on their own terms can open up for learning about oneself and one’s place in the world.
If you are an adult who wants to share the urban outdoors with a young person in 4th grade and beyond, and you possess the open mindedness to know that you can learn just as much as you can teach, then becoming a UNP Senior Partner might be for you!
We’re thrilled to be able to offer free sensory deprivation tank floats to new volunteers through our partners at Float On! Learn more here.
All our staff and volunteers are also eligible for Pro Deal discounts from Columbia Sportswear to outfit themselves for more outdoor adventures!
Want to learn more about any mentoring, volunteer, staff, or internship opportunity? Contact Founder and Program Director Kristin Bowling: email or 541-281-7162.