Multnomah Youth Commission: "The Multnomah Youth Commission, the official youth policy body for both Multnomah County and the City of Portland, is a group of young people, ages 13-21, that strives to provide a voice for youth in the County & City's work."
Current Volunteer Positions at Multnomah County Library: Help the library and get good work experience at the same time!
Do Something: "Do Something is an organization that helps you get involved in your community."
Free Geek: Volunteer: "Whether you want to volunteer here to learn new skills, perform community service, get credit for school, or just support the cause(s), we have room for you!" FreeGeek's mission: "Helping the needy get nerdy since the beginning of the 3rd millennium."
Girls Incorporated of Northwest Oregon: ". . . inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold."
Special Olympics: "Support Special Olympics via general programming or at a specific event."
Learn about jobs and careers
Career Opportunities Readiness & Exploration (CORE): Learn about manufacturing, healthcare, construction and technology careers in the Portland area and get coaching to help prepare you for jobs in those industries.
Employment of Minors: Questions and Answers: Learn what kinds of work minors (people under 18) can legally do in Oregon and what employers need to provide for young employees.
Food Handler Online Course: Prepare for and take a test to get your food handler's card. Available in seven languages.
Job Corps: "Job Corps...helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money and take control of their lives." Click "Locations" to find information about local offices.
Portland YouthBuilders has two main programs: YouthBuild supports students between 17 and 24 who need a GED or high school diploma and would like to pursue a career in construction or technology. The Bridge supports youth 18-26 who have completed high school with a GED or diploma and have a strong desire to work in the construction industry.
Step It Up, Inc.: "We collaborate with the business and nonprofit communities to provide teens with career knowledge, experiential learning, and continuous support to help them transform their futures and become productive adults as great volunteers, interns, employees, and employers."
Find a paying job
Connect2Careers: Complete free Work Readiness Training and create a job seeker profile to find out about and apply for jobs for 16-24 year olds in the Portland metro area.
Job-Applications.com: Download printable job applications and watch short videos with employees from fast food, retail, restaurant, airline, grocery, pharmacy and hospitality industries talking about their work and giving advice on how to get jobs at their companies.
SnagAJob.com: Search for part-time and hourly jobs by zip code. Lots of ads, so watch where you click.
Youth@Work: More on your rights and responsibilities at work, from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.