Every helping hand makes a difference.

With the right network of support, our youth are capable of unlocking solutions to the world’s toughest problems, such as eliminating poverty and disease, conserving finite resources, and creating renewable energy sources.

When you volunteer with Oregon MESA, we are able to expand our service areas, extend our programming and offer life-changing opportunities to more students.

For the 2020-2021 school year, our volunteer programs will operate virtually in order to meet the needs of our students and comply with state guidelines for distance learning and COVID-19 safety protocols.

To volunteer, read our volunteer opportunities below and please fill out the volunteer Interest Form.


Volunteer Opportunities

MESA Mentors

Mentors work with a teacher (MESA Advisor) to run a chapter of 6-12th grade student inventors at MESA schools. They support students with long-term invention projects, research curriculum activities for MESA Advisors, and serve as a point of contact between Oregon MESA and their chapters.

Time Commitment: 2-8 hours weekly

Curriculum Helpers

Curriculum Helpers will assist our Program Manger with various tasks related to lesson preparation. This includes translating documents, reviewing or recording short content, or packing and distributing Invention Toolkits.

Time Commitment: 2-5 hours per task

Needed NOW: Recording short intro videos for lessons. See details here.

STEM Career Coaches

STEM Career Coaches are professionals and college students that serve in a traditional mentorship capacity to MESA students. They will host informal meetings to answer questions and provide insight into their field, guide career/college planning and exploration, and provide homework help as needed.

Time Commitment: 2 hours bi-weekly


Speakers will present on and talk with students and/or the MESA audience about a STEM or equity related topic. Speakers can operate in one of three different capacities:

  • Featured Speaker: Will share their personal story related to their career, business, and/or research.
  • Tour Guide: Will showcase their office/lab through a recorded or live experience.
  • Workshop Leader: Will prepare a guided STEM activity for MESA students.

Tour guides and workshop leaders can volunteer on behalf of themselves or their company/organization, and can work in teams to present.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours

Nominate a speaker: If you know someone who would make a fantastic MESA speaker, please introduce us to them! Email our Program Coordinator at bchacamp@pdx.edu.


Judges will be recruited for various events to score student competition entries. They are STEM experts, educators, and/or MESA partners. All judges will receive training prior to the event on the scoring tool.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours

Family Connectors

Family Connectors will help us reach out to families and students. Sometimes a phone call makes a huge difference. Having multi-language skills is a plus!

Time Commitment: 2-5 hours

MESA Champions

The MESA Champion is someone who supports MESA's mission, spreads the word about MESA, and forges connections. They will share all MESA email and social media communications to their networks, and connect potential students, teachers, and volunteers to MESA staff.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours monthly

Want to help, but not sure what fits? Sign-up anyway! We'll reach out and work with you to find a role that fits! Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and reach out to Bianca at bchacamp@pdx.edu if you have any questions.