Mentoring Program

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2018-2019 MAPS Program

Every year Portland State partners with Together We Are Greater Than (formerly I Have a Dream Foundation) and Alder Elementary to match college student mentors with elementary students who are “Dreamers.” Alder Elementary School has a large population of students who face economic barriers in a diverse multilingual and multicultural area. We hope to strengthen these students’ aspirations for university achievement at an early age through our MAPS (Mentor: Alder & Portland State) mentoring program.

Becoming a MAPS mentor is a great way to help make an impact in the lives of these students! Mentors will participate in mentor training during Fall term on Tuesdays or Wednesday from the end of October through November, and then will be matched with their mentee in time for Winter term. Mentors meet with their mentees one day a week at Alder Elementary, between 9am and 1pm on Tuesday or Wednesday during Winter and Spring terms. In addition to helping mentees through one-on-one connection in the classroom, mentors build strong relationships with their mentees through engaging, fun conversations and activities around college, higher education and professional careers. Transportation is provided from the PSU campus.

Apply to be a MAPS Mentor!

If you'd like more information, contact volunteer@pdx.edu or visit the Student Community Engagement Center in Smith Memorial Student Union, M113C.

History of the MAPS Program

In the 2011-12 academic year, Portland State University adopted a grade level (Dreamer class) at Alder Elementary School through the I Have A Dream Foundation (IHADF) Oregon (now called Greater Than). PSU made a pledge to support IHADF's goal to help low-income students in a particular grade level achieve success in school, college, and career. Alder Elementary is a school in the Reynolds School District rich with diversity and resilience, in which 27 different languages are spoken by students and their families.

Due to potential barriers to education, Alder Elementary was chosen to be the first Dreamer School in the nation through IHADF Oregon Affiliate. The program at Alder is a pilot project location for their new program model. Instead of simply adopting one Dreamer Class at Alder, a commitment has been made to adopt every class. The Dreamer School’s long term goal is also to help low-income children achieve academic success in school, college and career on a larger scale than Dreamer Classes.

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