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Funded Education Projects

Working together, these projects help youth to graduate high school and prepare for work or continuing education.

The grants listed below are one-year grants for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Centro Cultural de Washington County - STEAM Middle School Module
Award:  $43,750               
County:  100% Washington County
Supports Latino youth in grades 6 - 8 who are struggling with behavioral and academic problems through unique out-of-school programing and classes for parents. This partnership between the Forest Grove School District and Pacific University centers around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) represents core subjects that introduce students to potential career paths in strong future employment markets

Chess For Success - After-School Chess Clubs
Award:  $50,000               
County:  88% Multnomah, 12% Washington
Provides a unique use of chess to teach higher-order learning skills including critical thinking, analysis and problem solving to students grades 6-8 in the Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, Portland and Reynolds school districts.

Children First for Oregon - Fostering Success
Award:  $50,000
County:  62.09% Multnomah, 13.28% Clackamas, 24.63% Washington
Empowers and trains current and former foster youth between 14 and 25 years of age to become effective self-advocates and leaders in the foster care policy-making process. Additionally participants access supports through the Resource Center to fill a gap in services for foster youth by providing resources such as computers, free Internet access and printing, a small library, and applications for housing, food, and health insurance.

I Have A Dream Foundation Oregon - Dreamer School Project Middle School/High School Initiative
Award:  $75,000               
County:  100% Multnomah (East County specific)
Provides a range of supports for youth in grades six through nine that are designed to improve school attendance and school connectedness.  Specific activities include: tutoring, mentoring, gang prevention, wellness, group activities that encourage peer relationships and foster school-connectedness, college visits and support for families to connect with resources.

Latino Network - Youth and Family Success
Award:  $75,000               
County:  60% Multnomah, 20% Clark, 20% Washington
Implements education and youth programs that appeal to Latino cultural and family values by using a family strengths-based development approach. Strategies include emphasis on leadership and college-going culture, self-identity development, pro-social skill-building, personal finance, habits of successful students, and cultural-identity development, including explorations of Chicano and Latino history and art.

Native American Youth and Family Center - Youth Advocacy Program
Award:  $75,000               
County:  2.34% Clackamas, 0.85% Clark; 94.69% Multnomah, 2.12% Washington
Provides intensive educational and wraparound services to Native youth grades 8-12. Youth will receive group instruction and activities, a format which creates the opportunity for youth to develop peer relationships with other Native youth and builds upon the cultural value of group collaboration.

Oregon Human Development Corporation - OHDC YouthSource and the Supa Fresh Youth Farm
Award:  $69,300               
County:  100 % Washington
Educational and financial stabilization opportunities for marginalized and underserved low-income youth. Strategies include workforce training, credit recovery, work experiences and internships at local businesses, entrepreneurial endeavors at the Supa Fresh Youth Farm, post-secondary preparation activities, service and experiential learning opportunities and long-term adult mentoring.

Portland YouthBuilders - Apprenticeship and College Transitions ( ACT) Project
Award:  $75,000               
County:  15 % Clackamas; 3 % Clark; 81% Multnomah; 1% Washington
Comprehensive multi-year program for 200 low-income youth annually between 17-24 years old who have not completed high school. Provides education and financial stability through academics, vocational and job readiness training, leadership opportunities, transition services, and long-term support

Self-Enhancement, Inc. – Self-Enhancement, Inc.
Award: $75,000.00
County: 100% Multnomah
In-school services, after-school services, summertime programming, and post-high school transition services for low-income and primarily African American youth in North and Northeast Portland, as well as parent support services for their parent/guardians.

Serendipity Center, Inc - Enrichment Project
Award:  $38,500               
County:  36.60% Clackamas, 1% Clark: 49.50 % Multnomah; 12.90% Washington
Offers a therapeutic approach to academic support for youth with developmental disabilities and their families. Students are offered a variety of hands-on, interactive learning activities that stimulate them in different ways throughout the day such as art, technology, cooking, and other kinds of life-skills instruction

Todos Juntos - Clackamas County Preventions and Interventions for Underserved Youth
Award:  $75,000
County:  100% Clackamas

Provides effective programs for youth in the hopes of increasing attendance in middle school through transition to high school year including Hispanic Leadership groups, Homework Club, After-School/Saturday structured sports and unique recreational activities including Lego Robotics and Guitar; national studies of these curricula have shown that participation promotes critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.

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