PDX PATHWAYS - a meaningful guide

PDX PATHWAYS is a unique group networking, mentorship and community involvement experience. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland (JFGP) is proud to offer this exclusive opportunity to Jewish young professionals from any occupation, ages 22-35 years old. Whether you are new to Portland or a life-long Portlander, this initiative will provide you with networking opportunities, exposure to meaningful Jewish experiences in Portland, as well as access to and mentoring from prominent community and business leaders.

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Arlene Cogen

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    PARTNERS are experienced leaders from a range of professions with significant leadership experience and wisdom to share with younger members of our community.

    Mentors

    PARTNERS are experienced leaders from a range of professions with significant leadership experience and wisdom to share with younger members of our community.

    Mentors

How PDX Pathways works

Group Leaders (Mentors)

Experienced and successful leaders from a range of professions, industries, and occupations - Group Leaders are also exceptional role models in the Jewish community, with significant leadership experience and wisdom to share with younger members of our community. In their role, Group Leaders guide and support PDX PATHWAYS participants in both their career development as well as their engagement in Portland’s Jewish community.

Participants (Mentees)

Experience-seeking young professionals from any industry or occupation - Applicants should be able to demonstrate clear goals and objectives for their participation in PDX PATHWAYS. Each participant will be assigned to a small group of members and will be led by one of our phenomenal Group Leaders/Mentors. Groups will meet with Group Leaders 3 times during the course of the program.

The Matching Process

Determining the most appropriate relationship - After the recruitment and application period for participants has concluded, Federation professionals and volunteer leaders will review the applications submitted, conduct interviews, and facilitate the matching process. Participants and Group Leaders that have been successfully matched will be notified in October. Matches will be made according to the articulated goals of the applicants' strengths and relevant expertise of the Group Leaders.

What PDX Pathways needs from you:

 

PDX PATHWAYS is your guide in creating deeper and stronger connections within your Jewish community. Where you find yourself all depends on you! Through the course of this experience, explore where you would like to make a greater impact and give it a try. Either during or within 6 months of completing the program, participate in any ONE of the following involvement activities:

 

Visit a local organization funded by the JFGP

Participate in a hands-on volunteer program organized by JFGP

Participate in one evening JFGP fundraising phone-a-thon

We believe all participants of PDX PATHWAYS will come away with new and meaningful connections that can advance their career and social networks. We also hope participants will leave the program feeling inspired and moved to become more involved in Jewish life in the greater Portland area.

Community Partners

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****It is important to acknowledge that not everyone who satisfies the eligibility criteria will be invited to participate in the program. In 2016, PDX PATHWAYS will attempt to create groups and match each to one Group Leader/Mentor. Therefore, dependent on the career field, goals, interests and the particular skill-set of our Group Leaders, PDX PATHWAYS may not be able to find an appropriate match for all interested applicants. Matches will be made based on applicants’ goals as well as the expertise of the Group Leaders/Mentors.