Mentoring
Get involved with mentoring youth and caring for vulnerable children in our city.

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”

Proverbs 27:17

Holla Mentors

Challenging the Narrative for Kids of Color

Holla Mentors is a culturally responsive mentorship organization founded by Pastor Eric Knox. Since its inception, Holla has fostered a community of socially active neighbors, local entrepreneurs and committed professionals willing to foster healthy relationships with children and teens who are economically challenged and significantly at risk within the structures of the educational system.

Become A Mentor

Holla Mentors is compromised of many local leaders, coaches, pastors, and educators focused on youth that typically fall through the cracks. We work to create a system of support through academics, athletics, arts, and entrepreneurship.  Partners are committed to work together to be a part of the transformation of stories in the lives of distressed youth and families.

With an emphasis on culturally responsive mentorship Holla is able to connect with young people socially, spiritually and economically. To explore becoming a mentor, email hollamentors@gmail.com.

You can also donate to Holla.

Set Up: Skateboarding

We believe that skateboarding has the capacity to change someone’s life. Set Up was created to positively transform the underprivileged youth of Portland by investing in our community through skateboarding. We hope to be an instrument of change through skateboard instruction, one-on-one mentoring, relationship building and skateboard redistribution.

Get Involved

We meet at various locations every other Tuesday from 7-9pm. To learn more about getting involved, contact skateboardsetup@gmail.com.

Caring for The Vulnerable Child

Caring for the Vulnerable Child is a curriculum being developed to connect with and serve children and families who have experienced loss and trauma. If you would like to learn more or get involved with this project, contact Rebecca Bloomfield at rebecca@saintchild.org.

Partner Mentorship Programs

Mentoring can sound intimidating, but it’s really just showing up and being present. We’re excited to offer the following opportunities through these partner organizations: 

Kairos – Elementary School Mentors

Join a class once a week to bring personal attention to a struggling student at Kairos, an elementary school we partner with focusing on culturally relevant education (N Williams & Beech).

KairosPDX was founded by a diverse group of leaders who understand the pivotal role that education plays as a gateway to opportunity. We know that many came before us and fought for the right for all kids to learn to be in good schools, to have the chance to overcome systematic poverty.

Yet we are faced with a reality that there still exists two worlds-and they are split on soci-economic and racial lines. One need only look at said schools to see who is who. We are faced with a persistent achievement gap that perpetuates inequity and the denial of opportunity that so many fought for, died for.

We believewe can do better. We believe we can provide a model that narrows that gap and develops young people that do not just know how to pass a test, but know how to help their neighbor, know how to lead, know that they can change the world for good.

Contact Joshua Butler for more info: josh@imagodeicommunity.com

Website: kairospdx.org

Portland Evening Scholars

This is a great evening opportunity at Benson High School, one of our closest neighbors – right around the corner from Imago Dei, with at-risk students who come from around the city for tutoring.

The program runs Monday through Thursday evenings from 5-9 PM. It involves running full classes for kids in need of credit recovery and classes are only once a week.

You will need knowledge in at least one of the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math (Algebra and Geometry)
  • Writing / English
  • Study / Organizational Skills

Have the ability to commit to a fixed time period for the term, one evening a week  (missing once or twice per term is, of course, acceptable).

And lastly the heart to work with high school kids – and a tolerance for a bit of the craziness that comes with it

Contact Creighton Kearns to explore joining our team: creightonk@totalmechanical.com.

Faithful Friends Mentoring Program 

Support single moms and foster children in our church by becoming a mentor with Faithful Friends, our partner organization.

Faithful Friends Mentoring Program is a church-based urban mentoring program that provides children support and stability through relationships that encourage personal growth and inspire hope.

The program matches volunteer singles, couples and families with children ages 6 through 9 for mentoring relationships. The mentor/mentee matches will meet 3-4 times each month for at least one year. Activities between the mentor and mentee are a collaborative decision – the child is included in the mentor’s everyday activities. This may mean cooking a meal together or going to the park. It may also include helping the child with their homework or other academic skills.

Children are referred to Faithful Friends by a parent or caregiver who believes the child’s life will be enriched by additional, caring relationships. Parents hear about Faithful Friends from schools or other agencies that serve children.

Contact Anna Clithero:  anna.clithero@faithfulfriendspdx.org

Phone Number: 503-329-1658

Gilbert Park: Parent Play and Education

Starting on Thursdays in February Imago Dei Eastside Gathering will be hosting a playgroup/educational gathering for parents at Gilbert Park from 9-10:30am. This group is focused on providing social/mental/emotional health support for parents and children 0-3 years.

Get Involved

We are in need of volunteers to attend (with or without kiddos) or to help with the room setup, interpreting, snack donations and book/toy donations. Email chelsea@hollamentors.org for more information.