Basic Needs, Sustainability and Leadership

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The Basic Needs, Sustainability & Leadership Program strives to provide meaningful action-oriented opportunities to advance the interconnected issues of basic needs support, including food and housing security and transportation access, legal aid, and addressing the climate crisis to advance an equitable and sustainable community for our students.

  • PCC Legal Resource Center
  • Food Justice
  • Sustainability/Eco-Social Justice
  • Climate Justice
  • Transportation Access
  • Housing Support

We are hiring for next school year’s team!

Basic Needs, Sustainability & Leadership is hiring for the 2024/2025 Student Ambassador Team! For best consideration students should apply by Thursday, July 25 at NOON.  Interviews will be scheduled virtually for July 31.


APPLY ONLINE: 2024/2025 Basic Needs, Sustainability and Leadership Student Ambassador Application

If selected, onboarding and training will begin on August 27. These training sessions will be held mostly in person at Sylvania & Cascade Campuses. Team meetings will be held alternating MONDAYS in person at Sylvania Campus.These will begin the week before school starts on Monday, September 16. Onboarding, team meetings & training dates are as follows:

  • Week Zero (Online Pre Work): Week of August 19, 2024 up to 15 hours at your own pace
  • Week One (PCC & Program Overview): August 27-August 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Week Two (Environmental Justice, Project Management & Basic Needs 101) : September 3-September 5, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Week Three (All-District Student Leader Conference): September 10-September 12, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Week Four: September 16 – September 19, Team Meeting #1, College Inservice, WOW Week Prep & required online training (times will vary throughout the week) 
  • Bi-monthy team meetings on MONDAYS beginning September 16 at Sylvania Campus, 3:00pm-5:30pm (STUDENTS MUST BE AVAILABLE DURING THESE TIMES THROUGHOUT THE ACADEMIC YEAR)

PCC is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to a policy of non-discrimination for all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin By signing, you acknowledge that the information that you have provided in this application is valid. If hired for the position, students must meet the following requirements or I may be placed on job probation and/or subject to dismissal:

  • Enroll in 6 credits minimum at PCC for Fall, Winter, and Spring terms (International Students may have different credit requirements). 
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. 
  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings & trainings Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms.

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NEW! Basic Needs Hubs!

Peer Resource Navigators help guide and assist PCC students with:

  • SNAP eligibility screening and applications
  • Oregon Health Plan information and applications
  • Accessing community free food resources
  • Navigating housing resources and referrals
  • Mental health provider search
  • TriMet Reduced Fare Program applications
  • Connection and referrals to on-campus and community resources to address their basic needs

Where the Hubs are Located:

Hubs are connected to the Panther Pantries at each PCC campus!  HUBs will Open Fall term!