p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth, ages 15 to 24, through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year our programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people.

To truly exit homelessness, kids must develop the internal strength, skills and foresight to make healthy choices. p:ear provides a safe, non-judgmental environment in which youth are trusted to outgrow unproductive and harmful behaviors. We offer individualized mentoring and education programs in a safe, reliable setting designed to foster trust, build self-esteem and to teach homeless and transitional kids – who all too often are regarded by society as disposable, "hopeless cases" – that they are valuable individuals with a future who have something vital to contribute to this community.

p:ear staff and volunteers serve as mentors, friends, and role models, while p:ear's unique programs create opportunities for young people to grow intellectually, express themselves constructively, communicate in positive ways and engage in meaningful interactions with the larger community of Portland. This is not work that can be accomplished in the short-term. These are relationships based on trust that take years to cultivate and require enormous dedication to sustain.

We are committed to being there for p:ear youth over the long-haul to share failures and successes, mundane events as well as life-altering milestones.

Vital Statistics
338 NW 6th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Phone: 503.228.6677

Hours of Operation
School Hours, Summer : Tuesday - Thursday 8:30-2:00
Administrative Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30-4:00
Barista School Hours : Monday - Thursday 9:00-2:00

Staff is available at other times by chance or appointment.

First Thursday
p:ear gallery is open every First Thursday from 6pm - 9pm

General Information – info@pearmentor.org
Beth Burns, Executive Director – beth@pearmentor.org
Joy Cartier, Assistant Director – joy@pearmentor.org
Pippa Arend, Program Director – pippa@pearmentor.org
Rodolfo Serna, Transition Specialist - rodolfo@pearmentor.org
Trent Finlay, Online Communications Coordinator - trentfinlay@yahoo.com

Joy Cartier 

Press Inquiries
Pippa Arend or Stephanie Chase