Marrow Youth Collective

Marrow's youth collective is a small group of our most involved young folks. They work hard to shape Marrow, their community, and their own lives - creating the world they want to see. They are Marrow's primary leadership, both internally and externally.


Applications for Collective Membership open SEPTEMBER 2018!

How you become a Member:

Prospective Members go through an application, portfolio, and interview process - used to identify your commitment, and your willingness to contribute and grow alongside Marrow's team. If you're not accepted, we may recommend things to focus on, or ways to become further involved in Marrow before applying again in the future. We encourage anyone who isn't accepted as a member to enroll through our normal enrollment process, if you haven't already!

What our Members look like:

Marrow Members are driven. They may not have their sights set on a specific endpoint, but they're ready to dive in and explore.

Membership is a significant commitment to Marrow and our community. Members may be enrolled in high school, but are so passionate that they need another vessel for their energy - or are conversely so uninspired by school that they need something more tailored and tangible to light their fire. Members may also be home schoolers, unschoolers, drop-outs, or recent graduates! Anyone in our usual age range (10-24) is welcome to apply, but membership may be more suited to folks high school and college aged.

Collective members' time and involvement at Marrow looks different for each member - based on their role here, as well as on what their own life, capabilities, and outside responsibilities look like.

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, you'll have given thought to how you plan to become an integral part of Marrow's community.

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You can find information about our current members on our team page.


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.

Each member takes on an apprenticeship style responsibility at Marrow. These positions are currently unpaid (as are our few adult staff positions - we are working to secure grant funding to pay everyone) but in exchange for their time and investment, collective members are given free access to all Marrow programming, as well as personalized mentoring and advising. Some of them are entrusted with the keys to our space, as well.

All positions are overseen by staff and mentors, and don't require experience - just interest and enthusiasm! We will absolutely write job references, recommendation letters, and seek out and connect our members with paid opportunities in their chosen field, during and after their time in Marrow's collective.

Available Positions:

Events Coordinator: help organize events such as open mics and all ages shows - everything from conception, seeking out performers, and advertising, to making sure the event itself runs smoothly!
Gallery Curator: propose art shows for our gallery space, assemble calls for artists, curate, advertise, and hang exhibitions.
Storyteller(s): document Marrow events (photograph and film), and/or create image, video, or text posts for our social media and blog that help paint a picture of what the Marrow community is about.
Teaching Assistant: act as an extra hand to whoever is facilitating programming - which may range from helping with set-up, to assisting participants during programming.
Graphic Designer: design outreach materials and flyers for programming, provide input on Marrow's visual branding (such as logos, etc).
Outreach Coordinator: act as an ambassador for Marrow, helping us identify and contact communities of young folks within Portland who might be interested in getting involved at Marrow.
Programming Assistant: help determine what goes on our calendar, seek out facilitators, brainstorm new programming that fits Marrow's mission and our community's interests.
Building Manager: help keep things running smoothly in the space, keep up with maintenance, and propose updates or changes to our layout and design.
Lead Gardener: Marrow recently began installing a youth community garden - this individual will see to it that all the plants are being cared for, and help determine what is done with what we grow.
Or, we'll design something based around your interests! Think about your skills, or what you'd like to become stronger at, and we'll tailor a position that meets your goals.

(If there is an interest or a need, more than one person may take ownership of a position, or positions may be broken into more specific positions.)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at