Mentor with MIKE Program

Interested in helping today’s youth develop through health education? Mentor with MIKE!

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Support local youth while gaining experience and honing skills in health education and youth development by mentoring with MIKE Program! MIKE (Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education) Program is accepting applications for health mentors now for Spring Semester 2017. Training will be on Saturday, January 21, 2017, with potential for additional training date TBD. We have only three mentor spots available, if you’re interested please apply now!

MIKE empowers youth to be health leaders through education, mentorship, and community outreach. Health and education are linked. 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. In fact, the level of education is the best predictor of health outcomes. Therefore, MIKE works toward health equity and educational parity.  MIKE’s vision is all people meeting their potential of vibrant good health, contributing as citizens of a vibrant, strong society.

As a mentor, you will act as a guide and positive role model for a group of 4-5 youth. You will join a teacher and MIKE staff to work with your youth in a health classroom along with a team of other mentors and their youth. Mentors 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, and facilitate a final Health Leadership Project as each youth team creates a project to promote health within their own community.

Mentors meet once per week, only during weeks school is in session, in a high school classroom for at least one academic semester or year-long project. We have only three spots available within the following projects:

Spring Semester 2017 at De La Salle North Catholic High School in North Portland on the Yellow Max Line (North Lombard stop). All sessions are on Thursdays, beginning on January 26 and ending on June 8, 2017:

    •10:45-12:10 PM
    •12:20-1:30 PM
    •1:35-2:40 PM

Benefits of mentoring with MIKE Program

Benefits to Mentoring

    •Professional Development
    •Experience working with adolescents (ninth-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 completion credits
    •Professional recommendations for committed and dependable mentors


    •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, diverse communities
    •Role model for health
    •Good communication and listening skills
    •Encouraging and supportive
    •Patient and flexible
    •Punctual and responsible
    •Embraces individual differences
    •Responsive to email communication
    •Open to participate in training and give feedback on your experience

Application Process

MIKE mentors guide youth through a comprehensive health science program.

    •Complete mentor application, resume, and provide at least three references
    •Interview with MIKE Program staff
    •Fingerprint background check and reference check
    •Commitment to a full semester mentoring every week. It is imperative that once placed as a MIKE Program mentor, you attend all mentoring sessions and complete your term of service so that as a MIKE mentor you do not join the ranks of adults who have disappointed a vulnerable teen.
    •Attend a free full day MIKE Program Mentor Training at Providence St. Vincent Hospital (9155 SW Barnes Rd., Portland, Oregon 97225). The training is currently scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 9:00-4:00 PM. Contact MIKE at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for questions about alternative training dates.

Complete the MIKE Program Mentor Application Package online:

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