Marrow's members are our most involved teens. They work hard to shape Marrow, their community, and their own lives - creating the world they want to see.
Members participate in a course on contemporary culture, receive tailored advising and mentoring, and get free access to all Marrow programming. In exchange, each member takes on a work-study or internship style responsibility at Marrow.
You can compare the benefits of membership vs our other levels of involvement on our registration page.
ADVISING & MENTORING:
Our staff act as advisors, meeting with teens individually and in small groups about their current goals - whether they are related to high school, college, jobs, creative endeavors, or just personal development.
Adults from the Portland community who are invested in teens' personal and professional growth can also serve as mentors. We pair teens and mentors based on the teen's interests and needs - for example, if you are interested in fashion we will work to find someone in the local fashion industry to mentor you.
Especially in our current political climate, we have a deep interest in fostering youth who are visually, socially and culturally literate. This allows us to be in conversation with our community, and to think critically about the systems that are in place. Members are required (and students have the option) to participate in an exclusive class that examines, discusses and creates work around contemporary issues in St Johns, Portland, and beyond.
*This will begin once we have a large enough group.
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. The work they contribute is why they are given free access to our programming.
Once Members have spent some time with us, they're given work-study style roles, which may if they choose 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.
If you're interested in taking on a similar role but none of these positions meet your interests or goals, or if you have something else in mind, let's chat! We can build a position for you.