LASER: Lane After School Education with Reed
We are now accepting applications for spring semester interning positions! To access this form, FIRST log into Google Docs using your Reed Kerberos user name and password, THEN click on the common application page. (Note: If you are logged into Google using a non-Reed user name, you will not be able to view the applicaiton.) Applications due by Saturday, September 14. Questions or need help with the application process? Please email Sage, the interning coordinator, at the email listed below.
Lane Middle School is ethnically diverse, with the student body being about 48% white, 25% Latino, 12% African American, 12% Asian, and 5% Native American; additionally, over 80% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Reed students, as members of a socially and academically elite community, have access to resources, skills, and privileges that Lane students do not; as such, LASER hopes to provide Lane students with otherwise unavailable classroom assistance, desired and consistent after-school classes, and one-on-one mentor relationships, while Reed students are given the opportunity to gain valuable first-hand teaching experience while forging and sustaining important connections with the greater Portland community. Ultimately, interns and mentors strive to confront the social and economic inequities that stratify our city and our national public education system.
Mentoring is a rewarding year-long commitment between a Reedie and a Lane student. Each pair spends one hour a week together after school. There is no set curriculum; the goal of the program is to provide each Lane student with a responsible, consistent, fun adult who takes the time to focus on him or her and his or her life, while providing Reedies with an opportunity to get off campus, gain insight about education and social issues, and put their education to a practical use.
Mentoring takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5pm or 5-6pm, so potential mentors must be able to be on the Lane school campus during one of those hours. Training will take place on Saturday, September 15th.
Coordinator: John Young
Interns are selected to work in a specific classroom with varying teachers and subjects based upon their own experience and academic interests. Most travel to Lane once a week, although some choose to volunteer more to make solid connections with Lane students and to learn the inner workings of the school. During second semester, interns can work with the after-school program as well and assist in enrichment and extracurricular activities. Additionally, interns participate in a short orientation and meet monthly to check in, maintain a support network, discuss educational issues, and/or plan larger activities. Occasional weekend or evening trainings will also be provided; at these trainings, interns will gain knowledge and awareness about issues of public education and diversity as well as effective skills for working with those issues.
Coordinator: Sage Freeburg
***Both of these programs qualify for Off-Campus Federal Work Study! Those students who receive FWS as part of their financial aid package can get paid through the Off-Campus FWS Community Service Internship program, but you must complete ALL the required paperwork BEFORE you can be paid. Please visit the Off-Campus Federal Work Study Page to learn about the process and to download the required paperwork.
To learn more about Lane and the history of the program, check out the history page!