St. Andrew Nativity School is a tuition-free middle school in the Jesuit tradition committed to serving young people of all faiths from low-income backgrounds. Nativity School cultivates in its students the spiritual, intellectual and personal strengths that empower them to continue their education toward college and career readiness and become people for others.
Each year, Rainier Scholars invites 60 promising students of color to embark on an 11-year, life-changing journey. It demands hard work and commitment. In exchange, it offers invaluable opportunity. Comprehensive support is provided for each student from middle school and high school with a primary focus on college readiness and leadership development. Personalized college planning services facilitate college admission while College Support maintains the goal of college graduation within four years.
Established in 1990, “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Oregon’s mission is to help low-income children succeed in school and college. The organization’s unique, long-term approach to fostering academic success is based on research driven strategies that have resulted in doubling or better high school graduation rates for our 600 past student “Dreamers.” Building on their past success with adopting single grade levels, “I Have a Dream” has significantly expanded its impact through adopting an entire school via its new Dreamer School model, the first of its kind in the nation. This unique, birth-through-college-completion model is a partnership with Alder Elementary School, the Reynolds School District, and over 20 community partners. 94% of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, 74% are students of color, and 73% speak English as a second language. Through deep and broad collaboration with partner organizations, the Dreamer School model will provide a comprehensive network of supports, which will give students and their families the resources they need to succeed in school and in college.
Minds Matter aims to equip underprivileged high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to top-tier academic summer programs and to four-year universities. Minds Matter believes no student dedicated to earning a college education should be limited by his or her socioeconomic status.
The Minds Matter mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. Each mentee is paired with two dedicated, college-educated mentors who provide personalized, ongoing support over the course of three years, starting the mentee’s sophomore year. One hundred percent of Minds Matter Students are accepted into four-year colleges and universities.
The Silver Family Foundation provides grant funds to Friends of the Children. Friends of the Children – Portland is an innovative mentoring program that provides our community’s most vulnerable children with an opportunity to realize their individual potential and inherent worth. Working with partnering schools, Friends selects kindergarten children living in disadvantaged circumstances who are displaying issues of concern in the classroom. Then they are paired with paid, professional mentors (called Friends) for 12 ½ years, through their high school graduation.
De La Salle North has a goal of helping low-income, at-risk children in north Portland manage their lives more successfully by providing a comprehensive college preparatory education. One of the key ways that De La Salle North accomplishes this goal is through a Corporate Internship Program. Students work at a local business or nonprofit organization one day a week and their “income” helps pay for their education. The work experience, combined with community involvement, teaches life skills that help students achieve well beyond the classroom.