Division of Student Services

SEEDS @ Schools

Cleveland High School Student Support 
Lane Middle School In Class Support
Lane Middle School After School Support (SUN)
Kelly Elementary School After School Support (SUN)

SEEDS in Schools coordinates student volunteers for classrooms and after school programs at three local schools: Kelly Elementary, Lane Middle School, and Cleveland High School.

Cleveland High School Student Support 

Cleveland High School is a Portland Public high school in inner southeast Portland. Cleveland draws from socio-economically mixed neighborhoods and serves a population of approximately 1,680 students, the majority of which identify as White European American (68%). Cleveland holds a strong reputation around academic rigor, being one of two public high schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Portland.

Due to Cleveland’s demographic composition and rigorous academic culture, students who fall in the margins (including students of color, students with learning difficulties and those with limited resources) really struggle to feel connected, supported and successful in school. In an attempt to decrease disproportionate outcomes, we would like to invite you to become a tutor in a classroom or after school.

This volunteer position holds many possibilities, depending on your interest, strengths and availability. You can work one on one (under supervision), in a small group and on a variety of subjects. In addition to providing additional academic support, this position is a great opportunity to learn about effective mentorship skills. All volunteers will receive training and support to make this a mutually enriching experience.

Volunteers will be required to pass a PPS background check. We highly encourage Reed students of color to sign up.

Express interest here!

For more information about this volunteer role, please contact SEEDS in Schools Coordinator, Mitchell Linegar (

Lane Middle School 

Lane Middle School (Lane) is located at the intersection of 60th Avenue and Ogden street, a short 12 minute bus ride or 7 minute drive from Reed. Lane has an ethnically diverse student body full of talent and enthusiasm with 100% of students receiving either free or reduced lunch. SEEDS @ Lane programming seeks to support Lane students by placing Reed students in Lane classrooms and after school programs.

SEEDS @ Lane gives Reed students the opportunity to gain valuable first-hand experience in youth development, teaching, and nonprofit work, while forging and sustaining important connections with the greater Portland community. SEEDS @ Lane student participants strive to confront the social and economic inequities that stratify our city and public education system.

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

Express interest here!

SEEDS @ Lane Classroom Support

Students  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 attend class more frequently  to create  stronger connections with Lane students and to better learn the inner-workings of the school. Additionally, students 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, awareness and, skills surrounding  issues of public education and diversity.

In the past, students have worked in choir, band, math, language arts, social studies/history, science, and AVID classrooms. 

Express interest here!

This program qualifies for Off-Campus Federal Work Study

Transportation note: SEEDS @ Lane volunteers receive free bus tickets thanks to generous support from the Student Body. 

Questions? Contact Lane Classroom Support Program Coordinator or SEEDS.

Fall 2017 program dates:

  • attend one volunteer training on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10AMTuesday, Sept. 19 at 8PM, or Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7PM
  • program begins the week of Sept. 25

SEEDS @ Lane After School Support

Students work with the  Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) after school program.

There are a number of ways to engage with students through SUN’s after school programming:

  • Lane Food Pantry: Help with setup and cleanup of the weekly mobile food pantry. Assist families with shopping and loading food into their vehicles. This is one of the primary areas in which the Sun @ Lane afterschool program can utilize support from the Reed community.  
  • Program Assistant: This student helps the SUN Site Manager with taking attendance, serving supper, monitoring hallways, checking students onto the after school bus, filling out meal service paperwork, and more. This person would ideally commit to working all year and work Monday through Thursday, if possible. This is an important role that would require an informal interview with the SUN Site Manager.
  • Enrichment programs: Provide support for the Lead Instructor. Assist running and participate in activities. Enrichment programs have previously included basketball, soccer/futsal, Clay & Sculpture class, Creative Art, Cooking and Gardening class, Sewing, college prep, Science Club (competes in Science Bowl). May include engagement with outside organizations, such as Camp Fire which focuses on personal development or Conexiones which is a cultural enrichment class.
  • Academic programs: For the Tuesday & Thursday SUN Academy offers a homework help program, after one hour of homework students have one hour of free time, including sports/games.

In each of the unique SUN afterschool programs, SEEDS participants will provide Lane students with a responsible, consistent, fun adult. This program allows Reedies the opportunity to get off campus, gain insight into education and social issues, and put their own education to a practical use.

Express interest here!

This program qualifies for Off-Campus Federal Work Study.

Transportation note: SEEDS @ Lane volunteers receive free bus tickets thanks to generous support from the Student Body.

Questions? Contact Lane After School Support Program Coordinator or SEEDS.

Spring 2018 program dates:

  • attend one volunteer training/info session: 2/4, 2/10
  • program begins the week of Feb. 10

Program Schedule Hours:

Lane Food Pantry: Thursdays, Set-Up 1:30-4 and Pantry Staffing and Clean-Up 4-6:30

After School Program Assistant: Mon-Thu 3:30-6:00pm. This student helps helps the SUN Site Manager coordinate all after school programs. This is an important role that would require an informal interview with the SUN Site Manager.

After school programs: Mon-Thu, 3:45-5:45pm. Mon & Wed are generally enrichment days (arts & sports). Tue & Thu are generally more academically focused. SUN afterschool runs on a term system.

Three terms available for students: fall (Sept 26-Dec 9), winter (Jan 9-Mar 16) & spring (Apr 10-May 25).

Students most needed in these programs:

  • Food Pantry Set-up (Th anytime after 1:30)
  • Program Assistant (M-Th preferred 3:30-6:00pm)
    • This student helps the SUN Site Manager with taking attendance, serving supper, monitoring hallways, checking students onto the after school bus, filling out meal service paperwork, and more. This person would ideally commit to working all year and work Monday through Thursday, if possible. This is an important role that would require an informal interview with the SUN Site Manager. This position has been filled for Spring 2018.
  • Soccer
    • This person would assist in running basic soccer drills and scrimmages
  • SUN Academy
    • This person would help students with homework for the first hour which is generally math and language arts and during the second hour participants are welcome to stay and help monitor and join students during free gym activities

Students also welcomed in these programs:

Soccer (Mon & Wed, 3:45- 5:45)

Clay & Sculpture (Mon & Wed, 3:45- 5:45)

Creative Art (Tue & Thu, 3:45 - 4:45)

Campfire (Mon - Thu, 3:45 - 5:45)

Science Club (Thu only, 3:45 - 4:45)

SUN Academy (Study Hall 1st Hour) and Open Gym (Tue & Thu, 3:45 - 5:45)

Sports Madness (Wed Only, 3:45-5:45)

Lane Food Pantry Set-Up (1:30-4:00)

Lane Food Pantry Staffing and Clean Up (4:00-6:30)

Kelly Elementary School 

The Kelly Elementary SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) after school program is based in deep southeast Portland. It is a Title I elementary school that provides educational and enrichment opportunities for students from diverse cultural backgrounds. In addition to after school programming, Kelly SUN assists its community by offering a well-organized and established food pantry. Through our efforts in SUN, we strive to empower people and offer tools to become more informed and self-sufficient people.

For our program, we strongly prefer that SEEDS Volunteers stay with the same group of students throughout the entire program. Consistency is important to develop a good relationship and build trust. Furthermore, you will provide them a dependable positive role model in their lives. However, if you can't stay the entire program, please notice the schedule of preferred service times. Even a hour a week makes an impact! 

Benefits: This is a great opportunity for those interested in the following fields: Education, Social Work, Food Justice, and general Non-Profit work  

3:00-4:25: You will report to the cafeteria and supervise children during supper and recess. This includes: getting to know the children, taking attendance, teaching respectful meal behavior, cleaning up the tables, making sure they are playing in a safe manner, and communicating with the Extended Day Coordinator about any incidents that occur such as fights or falls. Then, take the students to their academic class and provide small group instruction (lesson plans provided by the main SUN Instructor). This is one of the primary areas in which the SUN at Kelly can utilize support from the Reed community.

4:30-5:30: You will transition the children for their enrichment class and gather supplies if needed (lesson plans provided by the main SUN Instructor). This hour includes could be a variety of fun classes such as: Lego Robotics, Afro-Latino dance, sewing, Cartooning, cooking, volleyball, singing, drama, journalism, garden club, exploring biology, and many more! Although we are all about fun, we do hope you will also make sure the students are fully engaged with the lesson. Furthermore, we encourage you feel comfortable to communicate with Extended Day Coordinator about any incidents that may occur such as poor attitude or sickness.

Food Pantry Volunteers needed: 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month

11:00-12:30pm: Help unload, repack, and shelve food provided from the Oregon Food Bank. You must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and push heavy carts.

2:30-5:00pm: Help setup the waiting room and the child care area. You must be able to lift numerous amount of chairs and tables. Once the set up is complete, you will assist families through the pantry. You will also help load food into their vehicles. It is imperative that all of our volunteers understand that food insecurity is an issue for our clients. Providing a family friendly atmosphere will reduce stress for everyone and make distribution run more smoothly.

Application and hiring process: Students must send a resume and message of interest to the SEEDS in Schools Coordinator. Qualified students will be offered an interview with the on-site manager. If the interview goes well, the on-site manager will contact you to fill out hiring paperwork and conduct a brief orientation at the school before you begin work.

All students must pass the Volunteer PPS background check prior to starting date.  

Timing: January 22nd to March 15th; Monday-Thursday 2:30-5:30pm & Spring term dates: TBA Monday-Thursday 2:30-5:30pm

 Express interest here!

Contact SEEDS

Tara Sonali Miller
SEEDS Program Manager
Student Center 112

Reed students can...

Make an appointment

Join our weekly email list

Check out our blog

SEEDS logo