Humanity in Perspective Volunteer Mentor

Apply by August 5, 2017.

Humanity in Perspective (HIP) is a free, two-semester, college-level course in the humanities for adults living on low incomes. HIP mentors provide moral and academic support to a small group of three to five students to help them successfully navigate and complete the eight-month course. Click here to apply to be a 2017–18 HIP Mentor.

Mentor responsibilities

  • Facilitate a monthly mentoring session with three to five students an hour before class (6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on a Monday or Thursday). This would be planned in collaboration with course coordinator.
  • Be available via phone or email to help those three to five students throughout their time in the eightmonth program.
  • Help build your students’ writing skills, critical thinking abilities, and confidence in completing assignments successfully.
  • Provide feedback that helps build each student’s specific learning needs.
  • Provide advice and encouragement; help set goals, timelines, etc.

Time Commitment

  • Check in via phone, email, or inperson as requested/available by the three to five students in your mentoring cohort. (up to five hours monthly)
  • Planning and facilitation of monthly hourlong mentoring session
  • Checkins via phone or email with Oregon Humanities Program Coordinator as needed for planning (estimated two hours monthly)
  • Attend mentor orientation Thursday, September 21, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Graduation (tentatively April 29, 2018)

Desired previous experiences (or transferrable experiences)

  • Experience working with adult learners or nontraditional students
  • Previous experience teaching, mentoring, or facilitating
  • Strong critical thinking and writing skills
  • Experience working and communicating with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, specifically people living on low incomes
  • Providing constructive feedback and encouragement

Benefits from the experience

  • Opportunity to support to a small cohort of adult students
  • Cultivating and seeing student growth
  • Volunteering with transformative program
  • Build facilitation, mentoring, and academic support experience
  • Be part of a seventeenyear-old program that fosters personal growth, learning, and empowerment for people facing barriers to lifelong learning opportunities.

Complete the online mentor application no later than August 5. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Contact course coordinator Kyle Weismann-Yee at (503) 241-0543, ext. 112, or kyle@oregonhumanities.org with questions.