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FWS- Youth and Family College Mentor for Pre-Enrollment and Outreach, Student Affairs

Pacific University
Forest Grove, OR
Closing date
Dec 9, 2023

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College / University, Non-profit
College Mentors are members of an outreach team promoting the value of a college education to youth (up to 8th grade) and their families - sharing "what you can study, what you can become, and how you can impact the world". Building a new pathway to college here at Pacific University that is focused on welcoming youth and families, mentors will design campus tours and plan activities engaging - student clubs, Student Affairs departments, and academic departments and faculty. The purpose of the tours and activities is to spark a sense of college "belonging" among youth, and what ways families can help support their child's college and career goals. Mentors will interact with youth and families, and help them learn what "college-going" means to first-generation, immigrant, refugee and other diverse communities with a skillset to create intentional experiences that intersects college practice, belief, attitude, and climate. Mentors will receive EDIA (equity, diversity, inclusion, and access)-centered training on how to conduct a campus tour, gain teamwork and leadership skills, and best practices to engage families. Mentors will also work directly with community partners that include school districts and non-profit organizations. Mentors are expected to develop their own interests in working with diverse communities, engage EDIA practices towards a global citizenship, stay current on local and national issues, and explain unique college pathways to help families understand how to thrive academically, socially, and economically. We are especially interested in building a team of students with diverse cultural and lived-experience backgrounds.

Your Passions

Mentors identify the issues that most energize them. Examples include:
  • First-generation, refugee, immigrant, BIPOC, and Latinx/Latine/Latino student success
  • Interest and/or experience working with community organizations, partners
  • Studying, exploring diverse Latinx family experiences
  • Bridging college and career goals
  • Learning and sharing perspectives on current topics
  • Global community engagement
  • Intercultural communication

Skills Development

Mentors will contribute existing skills and work to develop new skill sets, such as:
  • Bilingual written and oral communication
  • Promotion, marketing, and outreach
  • Tour and event planning
  • Research and reporting
  • Public speaking
  • Design and facilitate youth and family activities
  • Intercultural communication


Mentor responsibilities contribute to the success of the team, such as:
  • Engaging youth and families in conversations about college
  • Documenting youth and family conversations to support ongoing program development
  • Designing interactive, culturally responsive campus tours
  • Supporting campus and community partnerships
  • Staffing and supporting other routine operations, as needed.

Contact Olivia Alcaire for more information at


Novice, intermediate or advance proficiency in a second language.

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