The Center for Life Beyond Reed, Division of Student Services

Youth Outreach

All of these programs qualify for the off-campus federal work study internship program.

youth outreach pictureSMART: Start Making a Reader Today

SMART’s vision is an Oregon in which every child can read and is empowered to succeed. We strive to inspire a love of reading in Oregon’s children so that they will go on to become lifelong readers and lifelong learners. To transform this vision into reality, SMART engages community volunteers to read one-on-one with Pre-K through 3rd grade children for one hour per week throughout the school year. SMART provides literacy support to students in more than 220 schools statewide (over 70 schools in the Portland Metro area). Volunteer to help children discover the joy of reading. One hour per week is all it takes to make a lifetime of difference in their lives!

Further information and application available on the SMART website

Please also see the Reed-Lane Partnership, Project Eye-to-Eye, Friends of the Children Tutoring @ Reed and Yellow Brick Road: Homeless Youth Outreach.

Other popular youth focused volunteer opportunties in Portland:

Mt. Scott Learning Center

Our two fully accredited learning centers are specially designed for middle school and high school students who benefit from a non-traditional learning environment. We provide a safe, nurturing, challenging environment in which most of our students discover for the first time what it means to succeed. Volunteers can find opportunities here, or contact director Tom DeJardin directly via email or phone at 503.771.8880. They are located at 6148 S.E. Holgate, a quick bus or bike ride from Reed.


The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a scientific, educational, and cultural resource center dedicated to improving the public's understanding of science and technology. OMSI puts the "wow" in science for the kid in each of us! Please check out their website for a list of current openings for volunteers. For more information, email or call 503.797.4615. OMSI can be found at 1945 SE Water Avenue.

Still looking for an opportunity to match your interest?

There are many other agencies in Portland that offer wonderful programs. Students with specific interests are encouraged to browse the SEEDS database, and to discuss their interests with the SEEDS Coordinator.