History

Since 1994 All Hands Raised has advocated for excellent and equitable education for all students.

Our work is guided by the core value that all children and youth can be successful and contribute to thriving communities. In the mid-1990s the organization began as the Portland Public Schools Foundation with parent-led advocacy and funding for Portland Public Schools (PPS), critical work that continues through the Portland Public Schools Foundation division of our organization today.

In 2007, we expanded our work when we launched Connected by 25, an effort to harness the extraordinary commitment of Portlanders in order to connect every young person to school, work and community by the age of 25. Through Connected by 25, All Hands Raised assembled a cross-sector coalition to strategically deliver compelling student data to the public, and develop a platform for action. Research led by Connected by 25 indicated that the ninth grade transition is a critical time for students at risk of disconnecting – especially the summer months.

Connected by 25 and Ninth Grade Counts, which bore out from the initial research, laid the foundation for the launch of the Cradle to Career partnership in Multnomah County.  Using Ninth Grade Counts as a springboard and “proof point,” All Hands Raised is managing this county-wide effort to align the community with the goal of improving the educational outcomes for children, youth and young adults in Portland and Multnomah County, from cradle to career.