Fellowship Opportunities
Financial Beginnings Oregon (FBOR) is engaging the future in financial education today as part of our Financial Empowerment Fellowships.

In 2020, we began including emerging young leaders to help us deliver important financial education to communities across our state; they enhance how we do it.
This is a unique workforce development program for young adults from historically disenfranchised communities. Fellows help us build relationships with community partners, teach financial education, and improve our programs. They do all this while gaining professional skills; valuable, resume-building work experience; and a competitive wage.
We've expanded the program to include both a Portland-area fellowship and an upcoming Dallas, Oregon rural fellowship in 2022.

What Does a Fellow Do?
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Become a FinEd Expert
Each Fellow is trained to teach our financial education classes. Fellows get to use their voices and perspectives to help us improve our program model.
2
Build Relationships
Fellows conduct outreach to schools and community partners to expand access to our programs.
3
Professional Rotations
Fellows will have the opportunity to work with staff across our organization on special projects and initiatives that drive our mission forward.
4
Teach!
Fellows put their training into practice, teaching financial literacy classes to other young folks in their community.
What benefits does the Fellowship offer?
Fellows can expect to gain substantive work and skills development training, build relationships with local organizations, schools, and businesses, and receive ongoing coaching and mentorship. Additionally, all Fellows receive:
1
Monthly Stipend
A stipend of approximately $22 per hour for the duration of the fellowship
2
Transportation & Phone Reimbursement
Reimbursement for mileage, phone plan
3
Mentorship & Skills Training
Collaboration with staff and community contacts and ongoing skill building
4
Professional Networking
Contacts to use as mentors and future references
Rural Empowerment Fellowship
This fellowship opportunity is open to those who are interested in financial wellness and have experience living in or working with rural communities. Hours are within a Monday through Friday schedule, between 8am and 5pm. The fellowship is in partnership with the Polk County Family & Community Outreach Department (FCO), and can be full time (35-40 hours per week, $2,900 monthly stipend, and medical & dental insurance) or part time (15-20 hours per week, $1,450 monthly stipend). The fellow will work in the FCO office in Dallas, Oregon, with frequent travel across Polk County and occasional travel in Marion County and to Portland. Reliable transportation is required.
Portland-Area Fellowship
This fellowship opportunity is specific to those in the Portland Metro Area (Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah Counties) between the ages of 18 and 24. This fellowship is a nine-month commitment, from September to June each (school) year. Fellows work 15 hours per week, with a combination of in-person and remote work. Applications close in August of each year; check back here for the upcoming school year.
Who Should Apply?
We strongly encourage candidates from communities of color, disability, LGBTQ+, linguistically diverse populations, and low-income communities to consider applying. We are committed to building a diverse team to broaden and deepen our work in the communities we serve. No prior work experience is necessary; you must only bring a forward-looking attitude, willingness to share your own expertise and learn from others, and a sense of humor.
Why a Fellowship?
We know that communities learn better when the person teaching them reflects their lived experience. The Fellowship model allows us to collaborate with--and help develop--community leaders who, in turn, bring financial literacy back into their own communities.

We launched the Financial Empowerment Fellowship Program in 2020 to meaningfully include young adults from the communities we serve in our financial education programs. A cohort of racially and demographically diverse young adults are selected each year to serve as Fellows.

By working with leaders and giving them opportunities to share their own experience and understanding of personal finance in the classroom, we can create a more engaging, community-driven educational experience for our participants, 90% of whom are under age 18. This increases equity and inclusion within the financial education space and allows us to incorporate student voices into the ongoing development of our financial education program model. Together, this training and experience will help Fellows in whatever their next step might be!

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