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Mentor a Young Person Outdoors this Summer with Urban Nature Partners PDX

Urban Nature Partners PDX is a new nonprofit venture beginning this summer to match young people from underserved neighborhoods in Portland with adult mentors to explore the great urban natural areas all around us. Join the pilot program this summer!


Urban Nature Partners mentors are adults that want to make a difference in the life of a young person by spending time with them to build a caring relationship, like traditional mentoring programs. But they are also something else—they are the senior member of a very special partnership, one that happens outdoors in the many great places that Portland has to offer, and one that respects a young person’s interests, abilities, and background, and allows them to make guided choices that will build their self-confidence and problem solving skills. Senior Partners serve as the bridge between a young person’s family, community, and school life, and the possibilities that exploring urban nature on their own terms can open up for learning about oneself and one’s place in the world.

If you are an adult over 21 who wants to share the urban outdoors with a young person entering 4th or 5th grade, but who also possesses the humility and open mindedness to know that you can learn just as much from a young person as you can teach, then becoming a UNP Senior Partner might be for you! We are seeking adults that have about 5 hours per week to volunteer this summer, with the potential to extend your relationship into the next school year and beyond. Learn more by contacting Founder and Program Director Kristin Bowling at [email protected] or 541-281-7162.