The Urban League of Portland conducts comprehensive youth programs that serve to shepherd the youth in our community and empower them to achieve. We foster interactive academic and real-world experiences that help students to develop leadership, life and social skills, self-esteem, and cultural pride. Urban League Youth programs are designed to prepare youth to be successful and encourage them to pursue post secondary education and professional careers. These programs include after school leadership programs for high school and middle school students and annual recreational and educational summer programs for middle school students, high school students, and young adults ages 18-25. Youth program services include listings of college scholarships, job readiness training, employment services, and internship opportunities.


The Urban League of Portland’s After School Leadership Program (Enrollment OPEN)


The After School Leadership Program is designed to provide extra support to African American and other high school students through 1×1 advocacy, homework club, leadership development training, post-secondary education workshops, and community service opportunities. The program aims to support youth as they learn and navigate the 5 core principles of leadership: Accountability, empowerment, interdependence, balance and leverage.

ASLP is held at the Urban League of Portland located at 10 N Russell St Portland OR 97227. The program is free, and bus tickets can be provided if needed.

Once enrolled, youth are able to take advantage of tutoring, advocacy/case management, and have potential to attend professional development opportunities both in state and out. This year alone, some of our youth attended March for Our Lives in Washington DC, Great Wolf Lodge Resort, National UL Youth Summit in Ohio, and a 4H leadership summit in Salem, OR.

High School (Click here to enroll)
Mondays 4:00-6:00: Drop in homework hours and 1×1 support with a youth advocate.
Thursdays 4:00-6:00: Weekly workshop that corresponds to monthly topic.

*Occasional weeknight/weekend field trips throughout the year.


Middle School (Click here to enroll)
Tuesdays 4:00-6:00: Drop in homework hours and 1×1 support with youth advocate.

*Occasional weeknight/weekend field trips throughout the year.


Homework Club
* 1×1 advocacy to support youth navigating school and personal lives
* Computer and internet access for completion of school assignments
* Coordination with schools to provide in-depth support to youth

Leadership Development
* Learn the 5 Core Principles of Leadership: Accountability, Empowerment, Interdependence, Balance and Leverage
* Develop strong interpersonal skills
* Become confident in public speaking and civic/community engagement

Community Service
* Creates professional experiences and gives youth a competitive edge in college applications, scholarships and jobs
* Empowers youth to take action and serve their community beyond the provided volunteer opportunities
* Strengthens the community through service, awareness and visibility

Postsecondary Education Workshops
* Learn about FAFSA, scholarships and student loans
* Practice filling out college applications
* Financial literacy trainings, and professional mentorship connections


Summer Programs (Enrollment CLOSED)

Middle School Summer Program 

High School Youth Employment Summer Program 

Young Adult (ages 18-25) Youth Employment Summer Program




Thanks to the generosity of Comcast, the Urban League of Portland is able to offer our Summer Youth Employment Programs free of charge to youth.
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