Youth Collective Membership

Marrow's youth collective members are 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. We weight the contributions and opinions of our members as though they were staff.

Each member takes on a work-study or internship style responsibility at Marrow. These positions are currently unpaid (as are our regular staff positions) but in exchange for their time and investment, members are given free access to all Marrow programming, as well as personalized mentoring and advising.


Applications for Collective Membership reopen SUMMER 2018!

How you become a Member:

Prospective Members go through an application 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!

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, in what ways do you plan to make an effort to become an integral part of Marrow's community?

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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.

Members given work-study style roles, which may grow into tailored internship positions with more responsibility. All positions are overseen by staff, and don't require experience - just interest and enthusiasm! The idea is to train our members with real world experience, so they can go out and pursue jobs in these areas, should they choose.

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. 
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.

Or, we'll design something based around your interests at Marrow!
For more info about membership, or any of these positions, feel free to contact us at