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LASER at Lane 

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 have access to resources and privileges that Lane students do not; as such, LASER seeks to provide Lane students with classroom assistance and one-on-one mentor relationships.

LASER (Lane After School Education with Reed) gives Reed students the opportunity to gain valuable first-hand teaching experience, while forging and sustaining important connections with the greater Portland community. In-class interns and after school mentors strive to confront the social and economic inequities that stratify our city and public education system.

Volunteer applications are due by Sat., Sept. 20th at 11:59 p.m.  

Questions? Contact or either SEEDS intern listed below.

After school mentors

Mentoring is a rewarding year-long commitment between a Reedie and a Lane Middle School student. Each pair spends two hours 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, 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 3:30-5:30 p.m., so potential mentors must be able to be on the Lane school campus during those hours.

This qualifies for Off-Campus Federal Work Study Community Service.

Contact SEEDS intern, John Young

In-class interns

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. 

This qualifies for Off-Campus Federal Work Study Community Service

Contact SEEDS intern, Sage Freeburg 

Learn more about Lane and the history of the program at our history page!