More About Collective Membership

(& the application, if you’re ready!)

WHAT:

  • Our collective program is still in its early stages - so getting involved now gives you an opportunity to help form how it looks and operates, and have a larger impact on Marrow as an organization!

  • Each member takes on an apprenticeship-style leadership responsibility at Marrow (to see some options, look at our collective page). All positions are overseen by staff or mentors with knowledge in that field, and don't require experience on your end - just interest and enthusiasm!

  • Collective members' time and involvement at Marrow looks different for each member; based on your role here, as well as on what your own life, capabilities, and outside responsibilities look like. You’ll work in collaboration with the collective and your mentor to decide on a commitment that makes the most sense for you and your role.

  • Collective members each maintain a web portfolio on Marrow’s website (these are currently in progress!), detailing your footprint on Marrow’s community and space! For example, if you’re our building manager this might look like documentation of your various upgrades to our space, and if you’re our show booker this may look like flyers, videos, photos, or lists of bands from shows you’ve booked!

WHO:

  • Marrow Members are driven. You may not have your sights set on a specific endpoint, but you’re ready to dive in and explore.

  • Maybe you’re so passionate that school isn’t pushing you enough so you need another vessel for your energy; or conversely, maybe you are so uninspired by school that you need something more tangible and tailored to your interests to light you fire. Maybe you’re a home schooler looking for your community; or maybe you’ve recently graduated and are feeling lost, and want an opportunity to seize some leadership and have an impact. Anyone in Marrow’s usual age range (10-24) is welcome to apply.

  • Prospective Members are expected to have an investment in Marrow - have you come to classes or workshops? Organized an event? Volunteered? Have you contributed work to a Marrow exhibition or publication? If you've just found out about us that’s okay! But give thought to how you plan to become an integral part of Marrow's community.

WHY:

  • These positions are currently unpaid (we are working to secure grant funding to pay everyone involved at Marrow, including our collective members, as it’s currently a fully volunteer-run organization) but in exchange for your time and investment, collective members are given personalized mentoring and advising. Some members are even entrusted with the keys to our space.

  • We want our members to succeed in your area of focus, and will write job references and recommendation letters. We also actively seek out and connect our members with paid opportunities in their chosen field - both during and after their time in Marrow's collective.

  • Most importantly though, Marrow's members have the largest say in who we are and what we do. We expect them to have ownership over Marrow as an organization, and this requires investment in the way we run and operate.

HOW:

Prospective Members go through an application and interview process - used to identify your willingness to contribute and grow alongside Marrow's team.

  1. If you want to talk to staff or a current member before applying, we recommend it!

  2. Fill out the online application form, including creating your Statement of Intent.
    (Your Statement of Intent can be written or recorded, and should address the following questions: Why Marrow? Why now? What are you hoping to get out of being a collective member? and what unique perspective, skills, or energy do you believe you'll bring to Marrow's community?)

  3. We’ll reach out to schedule an interview between you and a current collective member and Marrow’s director!

  4. If your application/interview are accepted, you’ll have a two month trial period, and at the end the collective will meet with you and discuss how everyone feels about fit - assuming it’s good, you’ll become a member of the youth collective! If it’s not a good fit, you may be given a trial period in another role, or asked to work on expanding some skills or habits before being given another trial period.

  5. If your application/interview are not accepted, we may recommend things for you to focus on in your personal growth, or ways to become further involved at Marrow before applying again in the future.

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Ready to apply? 


If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@marrowpdx.org