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Friends of the Children

Organizational Overview: 

Friends of the Children – Portland, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving high potential children in our community, has current openings for a Spanish speaking Female Mentor. A fantastic opportunity to work intensively with youth to develop trusting relationships, set positive expectations, nurture talents and abilities, and teach life and academic skills.

Position Overview: 

Friends of the Children has an exceptional early intervention/prevention program focusing on our community’s most vulnerable children and providing them with professionally trained, paid mentors, called Friends. Friends guide children from kindergarten through high school graduation, in hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty, gang involvement, drug use and violence. A Friend works intensively with youth as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting and sustained relationship with each child.

For each child, a Friend will:

  • Set positive expectations.
  • Nurture and promote their strengths, talents and abilities.
  • Help assure physical and emotional well-being.
  • Teach life and academic skills. Provide enrichment activities. Model responsible behavior.


Friends work both one-on-one and in group settings with each of their children for about four hours per week.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree plus one – two years of experience working with foster care youth strongly preferred. Bilingual/bicultural preferred, Spanish speaking required.

Other Requirements:

Work hours vary depending on the ages of the youth we serve; but generally range between 10:00am – 7:00pm

Monday-Saturday; flexibility is essential. Friends must provide/use own vehicle and insurance, we reimburse for mileage.

We are committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.

☆ Dont forget to tell your interviewer that you heard about this opportunity from the Urban League of Portland ☆