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I Am A Mentor – Nawwal

We are celebrating National Mentoring Month by sharing why we chose to become mentors! Here’s what Teacher/Mentor Nawwal had to say: “When I was younger, I was greatly impacted by the adults that mentored me. When my life was chaotic they saw me through and made me feel secure. They encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and showed …

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I Am A Mentor – Oswaldo

We are celebrating National Mentoring Month by sharing why we chose to become mentors! Here’s what Teacher/Mentor Oswaldo had to say: “Being a mentor is something I’ve always wanted to do because I grew up in an area of Los Angeles where there were many children who really needed someone to look out for them.  A mentor is someone who guides a kid when …

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2015 Fundraiser – Thank you for your support!

Thank you for joining us for our 2015 Fundraiser on June 9th!  With your support, we raised $50,000 that was generously doubled by the Quest Foundation and Tom Cook. This funding will provide critical mentoring support and leadership activities to nearly 300 students in the coming school year.   To view all the photographs from the event, click here.  More than …

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Elevate addresses Oregon’s grad rate, the lowest in the nation

The Oregonian has reported that our state has the worst high school graduation rate in the nation (“Oregon Posts Nations Worst Graduation Rate for Class of 2013”). The article sheds light on an important issue that education programs have been championing for years: children in our state are not getting the support they need to succeed in school and be …

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Little Lift program launches at Shaver Elementary

This week we kicked off our Little Lift mentoring program at Shaver Elementary School. Through this program, Parkrose High School students become mentors for elementary age children. This initiative will utilize a version of Elevate’s proven curriculum that has been adapted to be effective for younger students, ingraining at an early age the character qualities needed to succeed in school. …

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EO at Young Entrepreneurs Business Week

Four Elevate Oregon students were able to attend the Young Entrepreneurs Business Week at Oregon State University in July. This overnight camp provides an intensive leadership and business development experience for high school students. Over 100 juniors and seniors from all over Oregon participated, working in small teams to develop a business proposal that was presented to their peers and …

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Ninth Grade Counts Program prepares students for high school

This summer, our rising 9th grade students participated in Elevate Oregon’s Ninth Grade Counts program, a summer transition program that prepares incoming 9th graders to start high school on the right track. While several other organizations throughout Portland provided Ninth Grade Counts programs, Elevate Oregon provided the only session in Parkrose School District. During the program, students become familiar with …

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Elevate Oregon Student at Inauguration

Elevate Oregon student De’Ontria (Tria) McFerson was invited to attend President Obama’s inauguration! She was picked by U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer as a thank you for her hard work as an intern at the commissioners office. The senior had never been to D.C. so it was a double bonus because she got to see a new city and to enjoy …

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