Tutoring, Mentoring and Playing
The Center for Civic Engagement has a long-standing relationship with schools in Forest Grove and the surrounding area, providing student assistance through work-study and service-learning. You can find out where different schools are located on our interactive school district map for Forest Grove and Hillsboro.
Through our partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area, Pacific students tutor elementary and middle school students in the Forest Grove School district and engage them in after-school recreation.
Pacific students mentor students at Tom McCall Upper Elementary through our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Portland. The Bigs and Littles meet for lunch once a week to talk and enjoy recreational activities on the school grounds.
The Center for Civic Engagement Big Buddy Program pairs Pacific with students at Tom McCall Upper Elementary and Neil Armstrong Middle School for fun activities and mentoring. Big Buddies make a one year commitment to spend a minimum of 8-10 hours per month in recreational, educational, and motivational activities with their little buddies. The buddy pairs do fun activities such as attending sports events at Pacific or Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, hiking, watching movies, swimming, studying, or just spending time together.
Student mentors must be responsible, dependable, and they must pass a criminal background screening. They provide positive role models, encouraging their little buddies to value education and have high aspirations for life.
Want to get involved? Check out some of our sample mentor program descriptions below.
For current civic engagement opportunities, please also visit our Civic Engagement Opportunity Blog.