This summer 63 Portland metropolitan-area youth and young adults ranging from ages 11 to 25 assembled at the Urban League of Portland’s 10 N Russell Street offices for three empowering programs.
The Young Adult Program, our first program of the summer, officially launched in June. The program created opportunities for young adults (aged 18 to 25) to network, gain employment, build confidence, and learn how to make positive contributions to their community.
Next, in July, the High School Program kicked off giving youth in the community exposure to postsecondary education options and a large variety of career paths, including careers in the trades.
Both the Young Adult Program and High School Program students received instruction on resume writing, interviewing, and the soft skills they will need to keep and excel at any job. Students also received: hands-on welding training, exposure to careers in conservation from Gunderson Industries LLC, basic banking and budgeting training from Wells Fargo, and information on how to apply for college and scholarships from the Black United Fund of Oregon and the Black Educational Achievement Movement. Upon completion of the program our high school and young adult participants received a performance based stipend of up to $300.
Finally the students in our last program of the summer, the Middle School Program, spent their first week of their program at Junior Achievement’s “JA Biztown”, where they gained experience as CEO’s, store managers, and mayors in a simulated city. During the second week of the program youth received leadership and community development training at the Urban League of Portland’s 10 North Russel Street offices. Students spent the last week of the program at the OSU 4-H Extension Service’s Diversity Middle School Camp, where they enjoyed workshops in Lego-robotics, wind turbines, drumming, and more.
It was another great year for our youth program, and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of dedicated volunteers and local companies like: Gunderson Industries LLC, Wells Fargo, UPS, the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute, NECA-IBEW Electrical Apprenticeship, PCC Southeast, PCC Sylvania, PCC Portland Metropolitan Workforce Center, Precision Castparts, Cambia Health Solutions, Warner Pacific, the FBI, the Microsoft Store, Wieden+Kennedy, the Sheet Metal Institute, the Portland Police Bureau, the Black United Fund of Oregon, and the Black Educational Achievement Movement.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Comcast whose financial support made this program possible.