MIKE Program (Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program)
Run by MIKE Program
- Accepting Male Mentors: Yes
- Accepting Female Mentors: Yes
- Accepting Male Mentees: No
- Accepting Female Mentees: No
Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program (MIKE Program) is a community-based, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that works locally to enrich the lives of teens and empower them to be ambassadors for health. Our purpose is to decrease the number of people whose kidneys fail because of obesity, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, risky behaviors, and negative social situations. The youth we serve often face socio-economic challenges or have family histories that may lead to increased risk of kidney failure.
Ages of Youth in the Program
13 to 19
Description of Youth in the Program
Youth in need of caring adult role models who are 13-19 in public school, alternative public schools, or enrolled in youth serving agency activity in Multnomah or Washington Counties. Youth workers or teachers looking for meaningful enrichment for youth in their programs partner with MIKE Program. A mentor typically is placed with diverse youth, many from African American, Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, Latino/a, or Native American communities, those living in poverty or with disadvantaged social backgrounds.
Quality Standards of Program
All mentors are screened with background checks, reference checks and interviews. Mentors attend a volunteer orientation, undertake and interview and fingerprint checks. Mentor training consists of 11 hours initially and followed by weekly check-ins, on-site initially. Mentors commit to meeting for the duration of the youth project, typically 18 or 36 weeks (a semester or school year) for 1-3 hours and to participating in community based field trips and community service at other times throughout the match.
Youth Goals and Outcomes
Our values of respect, inclusion,empowerment and integrity support our vision of all young people meeting their full potential as vibrant healthy citizens of a vibrant healthy society. Our goals are to facilitate and support youth to life, academic, and career advancement through example and skills building. Our mission is to empower youth to be health leaders--ambassadors of healthy kidneys--through education, mentorship and community outreach.
Mentor must be 20 years of age, motivated and enthusiastic to work with diverse youth. They must commit to fulfilling their match, maintain necessary communication and demonstrate cultural sensitivity and maintain confidentiality.
Types of Mentoring
- Volunteer(s) with one or more youth (group or team)
Place Where Mentoring Occurs
- Site-based (limited to one location: school, activity center, workplace, etc.)
- Other: field trips
- Weekday Mornings: 8 am to Noon
- Weekday Afternoon: Noon to 3 pm
Contact: Cheryl Neal
Phone: (503) 296-7705
- Multnomah County
- Washington County