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Family Engagement Specialist Needed at Madison High School!

Volunteer Position: Family Engagement Specialist

(15 hrs/wk)

Contact: Lua Masumi, SUN Site Manager (email) [email protected] (phone) 503-916-5338

Start date: January 11

Background: Students come to the SUN Room and Sun classes to learn, have fun and grow. Unfortunately, without parental support this can become challenging for students who might have to go home to babysit younger siblings or work to help support the family. Additionally, many of our families at Madison High School come from all over the world and language and cultural barriers keep them from particiapting in school activities.

Timeframe: The Sun Program Offers three, eightweek program periods. Winter term begins Jan 11th. The Family Engagement Specialist would be responsible to attend monthly PTO meetings, in the evenings and work in the SUN Room Monday thru Thursday from 3:00pm to 5:30pm.

Additional one-time only volunteer opportunities may be available for school wide events, fairs or parties and may occur outside the regular sun programming hours or on weekends.

Tasks: To assist the SUN Staff in brining in families that would otherwise not participate or engage in school and community activities. To diversify the body of engaged parents and bring them into the school and the SUN programs/events.

Volunteer Profile: REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND CHARACTERISTICS: • Ability and desire to work with families from a wide variety of backgrounds. • An Ability to use goods judgement when working with youth in a school setting. • An Ability to use goods judgement when working people from diverse backgrounds-considering cultural, religious and ethnic standards. • Must be a high school graduate. • Must be committed to the SUN Model- Schools uniting Communities- and to the students. • Experience working with families of school aged children (5 to 18).

PREFERRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE: • A self starter with experience engaging community members. • Interested in continued commitment and involvement to/with SUN- planning and implementing classes, etc… in the future. • Language Skills in a foregn Language preferably Spanish, Somali or Vietnamese.

Additional Information: Volunteers will need to have a background check completed through Portland Public Schools District Offices or through the Portland Police Bureau if working with students.

Notes: This could potentially become a paid position in the future.