Spark at Booth-Kelly

Spark at Booth-Kelly

We’re bringing Spark to Springfield!

Help us build our next Spark location in the Historic Booth-Kelly Center. Donations will ensure more youth can access a safe space to learn and grow through hands-on experiences.

Bringing Spark at Booth-Kelly to life!

COMING SUMMER 2023!

Spark at Booth-Kelly will open at the Booth-Kelly Center in Springfield, Oregon in Summer 2023 as another central youth innovation hub for Lane County youth. Spark at Booth-Kelly will help us better serve youth throughout Springfield and the rural communities east of Springfield. We've secured a location and will begin tenant improvements in the fall of 2022. We’re nearing our fundraising goal to complete construction and fill the space with equipment.

Standing at 11,000 square feet, Spark at Booth-Kelly will expand our Spark programming. Housing an industrial-size CNC machine, a dedicated indoor/outdoor welding area, and a manufacturing technology pre-apprenticeship program, supported by industry partners. Our after-school work program, the Agency, will continue to grow at Spark at Booth-Kelly.

Spark at Booth-Kelly will also house a Youth Workforce Center. Our Elevate program will provide services and workshops centered around ready-to-work needs.

Become a Spark Supporter!

There are two ways for you to get involved! You can donate an amount you're comfortable with or you can start a fundraiser to help us reach our goal! Follow the links below to learn more.

I like STEM a lot, it’s cool! This year I was able to come back as a mentor and help get a new generation into STEM, people who might not think about STEM much. Helping them see what STEM is about and how cool it can be, it was awesome.
Jerin, Invention Lab Mentor 2022 and Invention Lab Participant 2021

Become a Sponsor!

Spark at Booth-Kelly will bring tremendous economic opportunity and growth to youth, businesses, and the community. Join us in this effort! See sponsorship opportunities and sponsor recognition options below. To become a sponsor, please contact Heidi Larwick at heidi@connectedlane.org.

Equipment & Technology Opportunities

  • General Equipment $5,000
  • ShopBot CNC Router $25,000
  • Nomad 3 Desktop CNC (3) $8,400
  • Lincon MIG Welder (4) $15,200
  • Prusa i3 MK3S Kit 3D Printers (4) $3,200
  • Universal Laser 60 watt CO2 $20,000

Facility & Youth Opportunities

  • Youth Employment $5,000
  • Snack Wall (Annual) $6,000
  • Youth Technology $30,000
  • Construction $20,000
  • Furniture $10,000+
  • And so much more!

Sponsorship Recognition

  • Logo placement on our website
  • Recognition in our advertising
  • Social media recognition
  • Newsletter features
  • Logo in Spark at Booth-Kelly

Invention Lab at Spark on 7th helped me get more interested in STEM. They provide resources and tools to get more involved, like cool machines and programs. They also provide ways to get help and support us a lot in our learning!
Jayla, Invention Lab Participant 2022

Get in Touch

Media Inquiries

Please contact Becky-Jo Samples at beckyjo@connectedlane.org.

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Project Coordinator, Elevate

Project Coordinator, Elevate

About this Position

Salary Range: Starting at $55,000

The Project Coordinator plans, implements, and oversees all Elevate program activities and events for Connected Lane County and assists the leadership in development and outreach efforts, including partnership development and communication, resource development, program planning, and report writing.

The Project Coordinator plays a critical role on the Elevate program team by working closely with the Project Assistants to ensure youth in our community have access to quality, equitable career-connected learning opportunities. The coordinator identifies areas of improvement and implements effective solutions to help the program scale.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about our mission, passionate about helping youth succeed, and that brings a strong growth mindset. The ideal candidate is eager to take on challenges and implement change to ensure success, works well in a cross-functional team, and brings a creative approach to solving problems.

DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate the work of the Elevate program team, partners, and assigned committees and workgroups.
  • Support and coach the Elevate Project Assistants in their program duties.
  • Coordinate program activities and initiatives such as Summer Internships, Project-Based Mentorships, Micro-Internships, Career Expo, Hiring Fair, codeORcreate, marketingJam, and more.
  • Identify and develop resources including funding opportunities and community partnerships.
  • Track program details and monitor program expenditures.
  • Assist in the development of grant proposals and reports to support program initiatives.
  • Assist in outreach and communication to identify and develop new partnerships.
  • Collaborate with peer project coordinators on additional organization programs and initiatives.
  • Work with the marketing team to develop program materials.
  • Participate in state forums, meetings, conferences, and training.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, education, or other related fields is preferred.
  • Two years of successful experience in project or program coordination is required. 
  • Experience applying concepts of Collective Impact preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Knowledge of local businesses and community organizations is preferred.   
  • Well-developed communication skills (both oral and written) and courtesy are required to develop and maintain positive relationships with diverse populations of youth, internal, and external stakeholders.
  • Highly developed organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines are both required. 
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and try new approaches. 
  • Ability to work harmoniously with internal staff, grantors, and agency partners.  
  • Ability to make presentations to and facilitate diverse groups, solicit input, and synthesize and summarize information and ideas for program development purposes.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite is required. 
  • A valid Oregon driver’s license or ability to obtain one by the date of hire is required.
  • A First Aid/CPR card is preferred.
  • Spanish language skills are preferred.

TO APPLY
Please submit the following materials to info@connectedlane.org:

  • Your resume with references included.
  • Your cover letter.
  • One letter of recommendation.

Working at Connected Lane County

We are committed to creating a work environment and culture where our team members grow and thrive. Our nimble team works hard every day to directly impact the lives of youth in Lane County. While much of our work is conducted from computer displays that require repetitive motions, employees may frequently be required to support program events and activities that include bending, reaching, standing, interacting with youth and volunteers, lifting/moving heavy objects, drive to-and-from events, and more.

About Our Team

Connected Lane County is a mission-driven organization striving to improve outcomes for underserved youth in Lane County. Our core programs include Elevate, which creates career-connected learning opportunities for youth; Navigate, which offers a variety of case management services to youth facing significant barriers to success; and Spark, which brings community, education, & industry together through innovation, education, and hands-on learning.

We have maintained steady growth and we’re looking for passionate and motivated individuals to join our team. Our team values creative thinking, problem-solving, relationship building, and adaptability. Would you like to join us?

Benefits & Perks

  • 401K

  • Parental Leave

  • Family-Friendly

  • Modern Workspace

  • Flexible Work Schedules

  • Medical, Dental & Vision (100% covered)

  • Vacation Time (Starting at 10 days)

  • Personal & Sick Time (Starting at 15 days)

  • Paid Holidays & Office Closures

  • Paid Sabbatical (At 5 & 10 Years of Service)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Connected Lane County is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Data shows diverse teams are innovative, make better decisions, and are better able to engage employees. We are committed to hiring people who bring new perspectives and experiences to our team. Connected Lane County does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. 


Spark on 7th

Spark on 7th

Spark on 7th is a Youth Innovation Space

Spark on 7th provides youth with a safe place to learn, innovate, collaborate, and create through paid, out-of-school training opportunities. Located at 22 W 7th Ave. in Eugene, Oregon, Spark on 7th opened in June 2021.

Programs and Services

Invention Lab Youth at the Student Showcase

In June 2021, Spark on 7th opened with its first official program, Invention Lab: a five-week, paid experience for high school students to learn skills in the invention process, build technical skills, and gain experience in human-centered design. The goal of Invention Lab is to empower generations of creators, inventors, and leaders in addressing complex issues. For this summer program, students were tasked with creating devices to monitor air quality and CO2 levels in indoor spaces.

Youth presented their inventions to the public on the last day of the program. Not only did they work together to create a working invention and prepare professional presentations, but they also created many friendships and learned to stretch their skills. One day a week was dedicated to enrichment activities including connecting the youth to the outdoors and learning about Afrofuturism.

Invention Club focuses on empowering students to become inventors and to create solutions for the community. Two cohorts of participants attend weekly meetings hosted by advisors and mentors to apply skills like human-centered design and rapid prototyping to their own invention projects. Participants form teams and at the end of the year, each team can enter the Oregon MESA Day competition hosted at Portland State University. Invention Club, including the costs of the trip to Portland, is completely free to students and families.

 

This year we had two Invention Club cohorts attend the MESA Day Showcase at Portland State University on May 20, 2022. The cohort from Willamette High School took second place in the high school division and the team from Hamlin Middle School took first place!

 

Please contact Justin Thibedeau (justin@connectedlane.org) with any questions about Invention Club.

the Agency youth working on a project together

The Agency is a blend of education and work experience in a paid position. This opportunity was extended to previous Invention Lab participants and summer interns who were recognized as taking on intellectual challenges with focus, assertiveness, and a strong sense of responsibility. The first cohort of the Agency consists of 10 interns who meet weekly at Spark on 7th for the full school year. The Agency experience kicks off with interns learning the ins and outs of the tools, machinery, and possibilities within Spark on 7th. From there, the Agency interns apply their new and existing skills toward completing projects submitted by local businesses and nonprofits.

 

This year, the first cohort of the Agency has completed projects for Threadbare Print House, Eugene Symphony, Food for Lane County, the City of Eugene, and EWEB, among others. Check out some of their work in the Student Projects section below.

 

Have an idea for a project for the 22'-23' cohort? Please contact Justin Thibedeau at justin@connectedlane.org.

With the creation of Spark on 7th, we added fee-for-service offerings to generate income for reinvestment into our programming and to engage the community at large. Our fee-for-service offerings at Spark on 7th include birthday party rentals and private events.

 

Birthday Party Rentals: Birthday parties are limited to 10 children. Party-goers will have a two-hour window to experience Spark on 7th, enjoy a hands-on activity, and celebrate. Birthday party rentals start at $300.

 

Private Events & Corporate Team-Building Workshops: Group events are limited to 50 people max. Pricing starts at $500.

Birthday party at SparkLab
Rent Spark on 7th

In addition to rentals and private events, we also offer full-day and two-day workshops scheduled on no-school days for Eugene 4J School District, Springfield School District, & Bethel School District. Income generated from these fee-based workshops will be re-invested into our programming to help us serve those who need us most.

Be sure to check the Spark on 7th calendar below, follow us on social media, or join our newsletter to stay up to date on the latest events.

Workshops at Spark on 7th

Workshops are fun and educational activities for youth scheduled on no-school days.

We currently do not have any open workshops on the schedule.

Please be sure to follow us on social media or join our newsletter to stay up to date on the latest events.

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Student Projects

Orchid Pots

Agency youth worked with a local client in need of custom-designed orchid pots. The youth went through the engineering design process by interviewing the client to establish needs for the project, then used 3D modeling to design and iterate more functional pots.

Orchid pots designed by the Agency
Youth and mentor hanging coats

Winter Coats

Celeste Peterson from Palo Alto Software volunteered six evenings teaching the Agency youth to fix and replace broken zippers. The youth were able to turn 21 rejected coats donated by the Columbia Factory Store into good-as-new clothing. These winter coats will be donated to unhoused youth.

Custom Picnic Tables

Craig—a high school senior—submitted an Elevate mentorship application seeking a mentor to help him further his woodworking knowledge and experience before graduation. We paired Craig with Mark Bruer of Essex General Construction, Inc. Mark supported Craig by designing and building three picnic tables for Spark on 7th. These picnic tables have already been a valuable addition to Spark on 7th! Nice work Craig and Mark!

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Picnic Tables at Spark on 7th
Mural at Spark on 7th

Mural for Spark on 7th Lobby

We commissioned Brynn, a former Elevate mentorship participant, to create a mural for the lobby area of Spark on 7th. Using our logo and colors, she created this amazing work of art! We love how it turned out and think it perfectly captures the essence of the space.

Industry-informed

Our industry partners help to prepare students for life after high school by outfitting Spark on 7th with industry-standard tools and equipment, providing mentors, hosting summer interns, and much more!

Our Partners

Get in Touch

Sponsorship & Partnership Inquiries

Interested in sponsoring our Spark program?

Please contact Heidi Larwick at heidi@connectedlane.org for information.

Media Inquiries

Please contact Becky-Jo Samples at beckyjo@connectedlane.org.

Donations

Interested in supporting our Spark program? Donate Today!

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Our Programs

Looking to sponsor a program or event? Get in touch with us here.

Our Programs

Connected Lane County is a mission-driven organization striving to improve outcomes for underserved youth in Lane County. Our core programs include Elevate, which creates career-connected learning opportunities for youth; Navigate, which offers a variety of case management services to youth facing significant barriers to success; and Spark, which brings community, education, & industry together through innovation, education, and hands-on learning.

Elevate is Connected Lane County’s longest-standing program. Elevate provides career-connected learning opportunities for youth and professional development opportunities for educators. Youth experiences range from career exploration events to work-based learning opportunities such as internships, and career readiness and financial literacy training. Educator experiences include professional development workshops, educational panels, and externships with local industry.

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Navigate is a re-engagement program that offers a variety of case management services to youth facing significant barriers to success. Often these youth are unhoused or otherwise underserved and they need support navigating complex systems. Our Youth Support Specialists provide the crucial support to help youth obtain educational success, employment, housing stability, financial literacy, and more. 

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Spark is a program bringing community, education, & industry together through innovation, education, and hands-on career-connected learning. Spark locations, such as Spark on 7th, provide youth with a safe place to learn, innovate, collaborate, and create through paid, out-of-school training opportunities. Spark helps youth grow their skills, become confident problem-solvers, and gain hands-on experiences. Spark on 7th opened at 22 W 7th Ave. in Eugene, Oregon in June 2021 as a central youth innovation hub for Lane County youth.

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Lane STEM is an initiative focused on STEM experiences for students, educator development, and community awareness. Lane STEM is one of the thirteen Oregon STEM Hubs, working with all 16 school districts in Lane County. We convene the STEM Leadership and Operations teams, facilitate professional development for teachers, and implement programming for students.

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Summer can be a fun break for students, but we also want to do our part to support youth during the summer months so learning doesn’t have to stop. We organize BookFest, an annual free book drive for students, and take-home STEM, math, reading, and art kits for hands-on learning at home.

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Projects Assistant

Projects Assistant

About this Position

Salary Range: Starting at $40,000

The Projects Assistant contributes to and supports the planning and execution of projects and programs. Primary duties include supporting event coordination, communicating and coordinating with industry partners, school districts, and internal staff, and performing data entry of program information.

We are looking for someone enthusiastic about our mission, eager to learn and grow, and that brings a strong growth mindset. The ideal candidate is willing and able to perform any tasks assigned by the project coordinator in an efficient and timely manner and can resolve unexpected issues and challenges promptly.

DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Communicate with industry partners, school districts, youth, internal staff, and other stakeholders regarding program, project, or event goals, logistics, and needs. 
  • Contribute to the planning, development, and implementation of programs, projects, and events. 
  • Perform administrative tasks such as processing invoices, scheduling meetings, ordering supplies, etc. 
  • Completing any tasks assigned by the Project Coordinator in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Handle event and project logistics with minimal supervision. 
  • Perform data entry using CRM software and/or Google Sheets. 
  • Query data and produce reports as needed. 
  • Provide event logistic support.
  • Research information as required. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

  • A high school diploma plus two years of experience in a professional setting is preferred. 
  • A combination of experience and education/training may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Proficiency with Google Suite is required. 
  • Highly developed attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines are required. 
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to learn quickly, creatively problem-solve, and try new approaches. 
  • Ability to work harmoniously with internal staff, grantors, and partners.  
  • A valid Oregon driver’s license or ability to obtain one by the date of hire is required.
  • A First Aid/CPR card is preferred.
  • Spanish language skills are preferred.

TO APPLY
Please submit the following materials to info@connectedlane.org:

  • Your resume with references included.
  • Your cover letter.
  • One letter of recommendation.

Working at Connected Lane County

We are committed to creating a work environment and culture where our team members grow and thrive. Our nimble team works hard every day to directly impact the lives of youth in Lane County. While much of our work is conducted from computer displays that require repetitive motions, employees may frequently be required to support program events and activities that include bending, reaching, standing, interacting with youth and volunteers, lifting/moving heavy objects, drive to-and-from events, and more.

About Our Team

Connected Lane County is a mission-driven organization striving to improve outcomes for underserved youth in Lane County. Our core programs include Elevate, which creates career-connected learning opportunities for youth; Navigate, which offers a variety of case management services to youth facing significant barriers to success; and Spark, which brings community, education, & industry together through innovation, education, and hands-on learning.

We have maintained steady growth and we’re looking for passionate and motivated individuals to join our team. Our team values creative thinking, problem-solving, relationship building, and adaptability. Would you like to join us?

Benefits & Perks

  • 401K

  • Parental Leave

  • Family-Friendly

  • Modern Workspace

  • Flexible Work Schedules

  • Medical, Dental & Vision (100% covered)

  • Vacation Time (Starting at 10 days)

  • Personal & Sick Time (Starting at 15 days)

  • Paid Holidays & Office Closures

  • Paid Sabbatical (At 5 & 10 Years of Service)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Connected Lane County is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Data shows diverse teams are innovative, make better decisions, and are better able to engage employees. We are committed to hiring people who bring new perspectives and experiences to our team. Connected Lane County does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. 


Youth Support Specialist

Youth Support Specialist

About this Position

Salary Range: Starting at $42,000

The Youth Support Specialist provides underserved youth in accessing crucial support for education, career goals, financial stability, mental health services, and more. The incumbent works under the direction of the Connected Lane County Project Coordinator.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about our mission, passionate about helping youth succeed, and that brings a strong growth mindset. The ideal candidate enjoys working directly with youth to help them overcome barriers, works well in a team setting, and brings a creative approach to solving problems. 

DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as the case manager for assigned youth. 
    • Conduct intake for eligible youth and complete needs assessment and support plan. 
    • Support youth in accessing post-secondary options by providing support with FAFSA and scholarship applications, connecting with university or community college campus tours, and campus services for new incoming students.  
    • Assist youth in accessing workforce development opportunities such as apprenticeships, internships, and job shadows. 
    • Assist in developing and maintaining industry contacts and developing work experience placements based on identified youth interests.  
    • Assist youth in accessing employment services including resume and interview preparation, completing job applications, and developing general employment skills. 
    • Assist youth in accessing social and government resources as appropriate.  
    • Support youth in accessing or attending community events focused on career exploration or post-secondary opportunities.  
    • Assist youth in accessing services and supports to develop life skills such as financial literacy, time management, and cooperation. 
  • Collect service data for reports regarding activities and to monitor the continuous improvement of the program, as assigned. 
  • Attend team meetings and training as required. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

  • Associate of Arts Degree or more than two years of advanced education/experience in the field of education is required.
  • At least one year of successful experience working in a public school or community setting with underserved youth related to employment readiness and/or transition to post-secondary education opportunities. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Knowledge of education, health, and available social services is preferred.   
  • Well-developed communication skills (both oral and written) and courtesy are required to develop and maintain positive relationships with diverse populations of youth, internal, and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively engage with diverse individuals in a culturally appropriate manner. 
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and try new approaches.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite is required.      
  • A valid Oregon driver’s license or ability to obtain one by the date of hire is required. 
  • A First Aid/CPR card is preferred.  
  • Spanish language skills are preferred.

TO APPLY
Please submit the following materials to info@connectedlane.org:

  • Your resume with references included.
  • Your cover letter.
  • One letter of recommendation.

Working at Connected Lane County

We are committed to creating a work environment and culture where our team members grow and thrive. Our nimble team works hard every day to directly impact the lives of youth in Lane County. While much of our work is conducted from computer displays that require repetitive motions, employees may frequently be required to support program events and activities that include bending, reaching, standing, interacting with youth and volunteers, lifting/moving heavy objects, drive to-and-from events, and more.

About Our Team

Connected Lane County is a mission-driven organization striving to improve outcomes for underserved youth in Lane County. Our core programs include Elevate, which creates career-connected learning opportunities for youth; Navigate, which offers a variety of case management services to youth facing significant barriers to success; and Spark, which brings community, education, & industry together through innovation, education, and hands-on learning.

We have maintained steady growth and we’re looking for passionate and motivated individuals to join our team. Our team values creative thinking, problem-solving, relationship building, and adaptability. Would you like to join us?

Benefits & Perks

  • 401K

  • Parental Leave

  • Family-Friendly

  • Modern Workspace

  • Flexible Work Schedules

  • Medical, Dental & Vision (100% covered)

  • Vacation Time (Starting at 10 days)

  • Personal & Sick Time (Starting at 15 days)

  • Paid Holidays & Office Closures

  • Paid Sabbatical (At 5 & 10 Years of Service)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Connected Lane County is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Data shows diverse teams are innovative, make better decisions, and are better able to engage employees. We are committed to hiring people who bring new perspectives and experiences to our team. Connected Lane County does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. 


Project Coordinator, Spark

Project Coordinator, Spark

About this Position

Salary Range: Starting at $55,000

The Project Coordinator plans, implements, and oversees all Spark program activities and events for Connected Lane County and assists the leadership in development and outreach efforts, including partnership development and communication, resource development, program planning, and report writing.

The Project Coordinator plays a critical role in the Spark program teams by working closely with the Project Assistants to ensure underserved youth in our community have access to quality, equitable extended out-of-school education and training opportunities for STEM and much more. The coordinator identifies areas of improvement and implements effective solutions to help the program scale.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about our mission, passionate about helping youth succeed, and that brings a strong growth mindset. The ideal candidate is eager to take on challenges and implement change to ensure success, works well in a cross-functional team, and brings a creative approach to solving problems.

DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate the work of the Spark program team, partners, and assigned committees and workgroups. 
  • Support and coach the Spark Project Assistants in their program duties. 
  • Coordinate program activities and initiatives such as Invention Lab, Invention Club, the Agency, Spark Workshops, and more.
  • Identify and develop resources including funding opportunities and community partnerships. 
  • Track program details and monitor program expenditures.
  • Assist in the development of grant proposals and reports to support program initiatives.
  • Assist in outreach and communication to identify and develop new partnerships.
  • Collaborate with peer project coordinators on additional organization programs and initiatives.  
  • Work with the marketing team to develop program materials.  
  • Participate in state forums, meetings, conferences, and training.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, education, or other related fields is preferred.
  • Two years of successful experience in project or program coordination is required.
  • Classroom or instruction experience preferred. 
  • Experience applying concepts of Collective Impact preferred.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to facilitate a learning environment, lead, and mentor youth.
  • Knowledge of STEM fields and skills preferred.   
  • Well-developed communication skills (both oral and written) and courtesy are required to develop and maintain positive relationships with diverse populations of youth, internal, and external stakeholders.
  • Highly developed organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines are both required. 
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and try new approaches. 
  • Ability to work harmoniously with internal staff, grantors, and agency partners.  
  • Ability to make presentations to and facilitate diverse groups, solicit input, and synthesize and summarize information and ideas for program development purposes.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite is required. 
  • A valid Oregon driver’s license or ability to obtain one by the date of hire is required.
  • A First Aid/CPR card is preferred.
  • Spanish language skills are preferred.

TO APPLY
Please submit the following materials to info@connectedlane.org:

  • Your resume with references included.
  • Your cover letter.
  • One letter of recommendation.

Working at Connected Lane County

We are committed to creating a work environment and culture where our team members grow and thrive. Our nimble team works hard every day to directly impact the lives of youth in Lane County. While much of our work is conducted from computer displays that require repetitive motions, employees may frequently be required to support program events and activities that include bending, reaching, standing, interacting with youth and volunteers, lifting/moving heavy objects, drive to-and-from events, and more.

About Our Team

Connected Lane County is a mission-driven organization striving to improve outcomes for underserved youth in Lane County. Our core programs include Elevate, which creates career-connected learning opportunities for youth; Navigate, which offers a variety of case management services to youth facing significant barriers to success; and Spark, which brings community, education, & industry together through innovation, education, and hands-on learning.

We have maintained steady growth and we’re looking for passionate and motivated individuals to join our team. Our team values creative thinking, problem-solving, relationship building, and adaptability. Would you like to join us?

Benefits & Perks

  • 401K

  • Parental Leave

  • Family-Friendly

  • Modern Workspace

  • Flexible Work Schedules

  • Medical, Dental & Vision (100% covered)

  • Vacation Time (Starting at 10 days)

  • Personal & Sick Time (Starting at 15 days)

  • Paid Holidays & Office Closures

  • Paid Sabbatical (At 5 & 10 Years of Service)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Connected Lane County is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Data shows diverse teams are innovative, make better decisions, and are better able to engage employees. We are committed to hiring people who bring new perspectives and experiences to our team. Connected Lane County does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. 


Our Board

Our Board

Our board of directors includes local school districts, institutions of higher education, the local workforce board, and industry representatives.

Board Members

Andy Dey, Director of Secondary Education, Eugene School District 4J
Ashley Espinoza, Executive Director, Lane Workforce Partnership
Carlos Sequeira, Assistant Superintendent, Lane Education Service District
Cydney Vandercar, Interim Superintendent, Eugene School District 4J
Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Assistant Dean for Administration, Director for Equity and Inclusion, University of Oregon College of Education
Holly Mar Conte, Director of Education, United Way of Lane County
Jenna Cusimano, Analyst, Lane County
Johnie Matthews, Superintendent, Lowell School District
Judy Newman, Co-Director, Early Childhood Cares
Kraig Sproles, Superintendent, Bethel School District
Laura Lee McIntyre, Interim Dean, University of Oregon College of Education
Matt Sayre, Managing Director, Onward Eugene
Paul Jarrell, VP, Academic and Student Affairs, Lane Community College
Sally Bell, Vice President, Technology Association of Oregon
Todd Hamilton, Superintendent, Springfield Public Schools
Tony Scurto, Superintendent, Lane Education Service District


Our Team

Our Team

 

Heidi Larwick

Executive Director

 
Becky-Jo Samples Photo

Becky-Jo Samples

Marketing Director

 
lgray@lesd.k12.or.us

Lizzie Gray

ProGRAM MANAGER

 
Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin

office coordinator

 
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Justin Thibedeau

ProGRAM LEAD

 

Annie Vermilyea-Dropek

Project Coordinator

 

Dan Lombardi

PROJECT COORDINATOR

 
Olivia Goodheart

Olivia Goodheart

YOUTH SUPPORT SPECIALIST

 
Sean Wilkinson

Sean Wilkinson

YOUTH SUPPORT SPECIALIST

 

Meg Watson

Youth support specialist

 

Cheyenne Vance

Peer Support Specialist

 
Elsa Douglass

Elsa Douglass

Projects Assistant

 

Isis Barone

Projects assistant

 

Monica Reynoso

ProjectS ASSISTANT

 

Jade Luther

graphic designer/marketing assistant

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STEM Beyond

Partnered STEM Organizations

Lane County is full of organizations offering year-round STEM opportunities for youth and families—check them out here.

Lane Arts Council

The Lane Arts Council Design Arts Apprenticeship program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities in graphic, digital, and physical design. Students pair with a professional designer, working alongside their mentor to understand the profession, explore specific ways to approach design and begin creating on their own. Additionally, the Lane Arts Councils Artist Residency program brings professional teaching artists into kindergarten through high school classrooms to teach a wide range of artistic disciplines, including digital and media arts.

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Forests Today & Forever

Forests Today & Forever offers programs that teach about forest stewardship. We offer field-based programs that take place at working forests where students learn experientially as they are immersed in the forest ecosystem. Forest Field Days is a multi-disciplinary program for middle school students and are our largest field program serving nearly 2,000 students a year. We offer elementary and high school field programs, as well, and work with teachers to create custom field experiences based on classroom learning objectives.

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Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO)

ECO offers a standards-aligned curriculum for K-12 teachers focusing on Pacific Northwest ecology. Sign up online for free Learn at Home lessons and activities for all ages, or contact ECO for information on elementary Place-Based Units: hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum kits for purchase!

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Mount Pisgah Arboretum

We teach students of all ages about local ecology through hands-on field trips that are connected to state science standards. At our site, students can explore all the main habitats of the Southern Willamette Valley on 7 miles of interlocking trails. During field trips, students are split into small groups, led by our Nature Guide volunteers.

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BRING Recycling

BRING provides free waste prevention education including field trips, tours, and presentations to K-12 classrooms, summer camps, youth groups, and community groups in Lane County. BRING offers a range of learning opportunities such as lessons, games, and reusing crafts on topics including mindful consumption, climate hope, food waste, and climate justice. BRING also provides no-cost technical assistance to help Lane County schools maximize recycling, reuse, and food waste collection opportunities.

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Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is a place for making connections—to each other, to our past, and to our future. We offer a variety of seasonal and year-round programs for science and culture enthusiasts of every age.

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WREN

WREN seeks to engage all ages in land stewardship through education, partnerships, and scientific research primarily focused on the West Eugene Wetlands. We offer youth, adult, and family-focused programming through in-classroom lessons, school field trips, outdoor after-school programs, guided Wetland Wanders, Family Exploration Days, and Saturday Morning Wetland Field Days. Our programs incorporate hands-on learning experiences thematically revolved around wetland ecology, Kalapuya peoples’ history in the wetlands, and critical wetland plant and animal species.

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Oregon Green Schools - Lane County

With over 25 years of experience, the Oregon Green Schools program supports K12 schools interested in reducing waste and conserving energy & water. Now, with the updated "track" system, there are even more ways to directly involve students, staff, and parent volunteers. Eligible schools receive $500 (from Lane County Waste Management) by completing an OGS track, and your school receives a local and statewide acknowledgment for its efforts.

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Nearby Nature

Based in our Learnscape Outdoor Classroom in Alton Baker Park, Nearby Nature hosts pre-K through high school programs that focus on the natural sciences, outdoor adventures, earth art, land stewardship, nature play, and gardening. Our place-based field trips, classroom visits, afterschool programs, day camps, family adventures, citizen science programs, and restoration projects provide youth, adults, and families a wide variety of opportunities to engage with nature close to home. Nearby Nature also offers weekly nature activity emails, scholarships through its Every Child Outside (ECO) Fund, and volunteer opportunities for teens through adults.

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Whole Earth Nature School

We provide nature immersion to ages 4-17 to build confidence, resilience, and kinship with nature. We have afterschool programs where we pick up students at their school, camps for school breaks, and Coyote Outdoor School for 5th/6th graders across Lane County.

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Eugene Science Center

Eugene Science Center strives to engage children, excite their curiosity, inspire them toward a lifelong love of learning about science and empower them to use science and technology to improve their communities. We provide a variety of educational programming including interactive exhibits, planetarium shows and presentations, school and public programs, science camps, and special events. We primarily serve children ages 0 to 14 along with their families, teachers, and guardians.

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