Share your love of nature with other urban students | Sophomores apply by Feb 28, 2015

Portland Parks and Recreation provides several Teen Environmental Education programs for urban youth to learn about their environment. They will also hone their teaching and leadership skills that could lead to paid positions with the parks department.

Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT)

GRUNT is a volunteer naturalist and job skills program that leads to paid work and long-term career counselling.  Our goal is to diversify the environmental field by getting urban teens interested in nature, and providing the job skills and work experiences they will need to be successful. We begin with a volunteer naturalist training program, then build on skills and knowledge with paid summer work and school-year internships. Since 2008, 200 students have graduated from the GRUNT program! All graduates are eligible for ongoing access to resources, including resume help, career counseling, and networking for jobs within PP&R.

Jr Grunt Program for 8th graders, applications are accepted year round. Classes typically take place on Saturdays (flyer from 2014)

GRUNT for 10th graders or 16 year olds. Application is due February 28, program starts March 28

Youth Conservation Crew is a summer employment opportunity for youth. Applications usually start in May.

ECO Internships for previous participants:

The “Environmental Career Opportunities” program is available to graduates of Jr. GRUNT, GRUNT and  YCC.  Participants must attend a resume writing workshop, and submit their resume and cover letter to be placed in a position. ECO Internships application is a Word Document.

Girls on Ice Wilderness Science Education Program Apply by January 31 2015

My friend Lori forwarded this great opportunity for girls 16-18. Here is the description for Girls on Ice, sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks from a recruitment email:

Girls on Ice ( is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year a team of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and alpine landscapes through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists and mountaineers.

This year we are again offering 2 expeditions!

Girls on Ice NORTH CASCADES is the original expedition in Washington State.
Open to all girls age 16-18 (yes, international girls can apply!)
July 13 – 24, 2015

Girls on Ice ALASKA is geared toward Alaskan and Pacific Northwest girls (age 16-18).
June 19 – 30, 2015 are due January 31, 2015

***Girls on Ice is not a reward for past good grades or academic achievement,
it is an inspiration for future academic success and leadership.***

We are able to provide this program TUITION FREE to the girls through small grants, gifts from individuals, and generous support from the National Science Foundation, the Alaska Climate Science Center, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Please consider supporting the program to provide this amazing inspiring, confidence building experience for girls in the future, visit: to learn about our funding sources.

The Trevor Project Youth Advisory Council

(Dec 10 updated with 2015 deadline)

The Trevor Project,  is a national organization offering crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives.

The youth advisory council is seeking high school and college age youth 16-24 years old to serve on their national advisory council. Apply by Feb 1, 2015

20 youth representing 4 regions of the country private in monthly conference calls to advise The Trevor Project to ensure youth voice of lgbtq youth and allies are represented.

High School Internships with Pixel Arts

Youth who want to learn about mentoring and gain valuable work experience while helping other young people people might take a look at the Pixel Arts high school internship program.

About Pixel Arts

To get started, visit their website and learn more about Pixelarts. They bring inspiring classes to libraries and community gathering spaces. Pixel Arts focuses on young people’s natural affinity for games–board games and video games alike, and teaches them how to be game creators instead of just consumers.

About the internships

From a recent newsletter (sign up!):

We seek interns who would like to learn mentoring and become great event producers, program managers, curriculum developers, and site coordinators.

We seek practicums who wish to become professionals in community development, finance, media and marketing, and program management.

Paid positions are available for eligible youth through IRCO and through grants. Do your service learning or graduation volunteer project with Pixel Arts to get 1st-hand experience working with professionals in game development, technology, science, and the arts.

Interested volunteers start by filling out a volunteer interest form. You will be contacted within about a week.

Gaming Music at the Gresham Library Dec 29-31 2014

End the year on a high note! Take a FREE workshop on making music and sounds for video games at the Gresham Public Library (385 NW Miller Avenue Gresham, OR 97030). Classes are 3-5pm December 29-31, 2014 (three sessions).

This is a basics of music theory/composition series using online tools for sound and music. Campers will be able to play games that incorporate music into a story’s mood, atmosphere, and general aesthetic. Make sound effects that fit into a game aesthetic that they want to achieve by picking from pre-made graphics or storylines based on ideas generated by their favorite characters and stories.

Registration is required (you will find the simple registration form on the left side of the screen). Search for and find more classes for teens on the Multnomah County Library Events Calender. TONS of great classes for teens.

Black Student College Success Summit March 7, 2015

The Black Educational Achievement Movement will host their second College Success Summit at Portland State University on March 7, 2015 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Smith Memorial Student Union.

The purpose of the summit is to promote paths to college success and completion, strengthen networks for students and help bolster their leadership skills. The summit is open to high school juniors and seniors and college students. From their website:

Students will attend innovative workshops that focus on navigating the higher education system, financial literacy, enhancing cultural pride, and exploring a range of career possibilities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in one of three tracks that range from “Preparing your High School student” to “Connecting the dots on the career path”.

Register in advance (on Eventbrite)

See photos from the 2014 Black College Success Summit