Volunteer Study Group Leaders

Volunteer position, September 2018 to May 2019

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.

Study group leader responsibilities

  • Study group leaders are a volunteer, non-paid position.
  • Leaders will facilitate one session each month with three to five students an hour before class (6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on a Monday or Thursday), planned in collaboration with the on-site coordinator.
  • Be available via phone or email to help those three to five students throughout their time in the eight-month 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 in-person as requested/available by the students in your mentoring cohort (up to 5 hours monthly)
  • Planning and facilitation of monthly hour-long mentoring session
  • Check-ins via phone or email with HIP onsite coordinator as needed for planning. (estimated 1 hour a month)
  • Attend mentor orientation Thursday, September 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Attend graduation ceremony (tentatively May 4, 2019)

Desired previous experiences (or transferrable experiences)

  • Experience in working with adult learners or nontraditional students.
  • Previous experience teaching, mentoring, or facilitating
  • Strong critical thinking and writing skills
  • Experience working with 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 a transformative program
  • Build facilitation, mentoring, and academic support experience
  • Be part of a seventeen-year-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 21. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Contact program coordinator Kyle Weismann-Yee at 503-241-0543, ext. 112, or kyle@oregonhumanities.org with questions.