How Oregon Works: All Hands Raised blazes pathways to living wage construction jobs (Portland Business Journal, September 2018)

Posted on September 11, 2018 in Media Coverage
By Suzanne Stevens Read the story below and here. The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters is taking a hands-on approach when it comes to attracting young people to the profession. In May, the union flew a delegation of 25 educators and nonprofit partners to Las Vegas for a tour of the Carpenters International Training Center.

Summer Learning Propels Back to School Optimism

Posted on August 21, 2018 in CEO Updates
Students who finish ninth grade on-track (with at least six credits) are four times more likely to graduate than students who fall behind in their first year of high school. Because of this, ten years ago we established Ninth Grade Counts, a network of summer transition programs that provide summer learning opportunities to incoming ninth graders with a focus on serving academic-priority students—those at the greatest risk of dropping out …

Welcome new Board members 2018-19!

Posted on August 15, 2018 in CEO Updates
Please join All Hands Raised in welcoming five new members to our Board of Directors! Each of these distinguished community leaders was elected to serve a three-year term starting from July 1, 2018. They will join a Board led by Immediate Past Chair Jennifer Messenger Heilbronner of Metropolitan Group, Chair Trever Cartwright of Coraggio Group, Vice Chair Mo King of Nike Golf and Treasurer Larry Bekkedahl of Portland General Electric …

Kids of Color Get Punished More Than White Kids. One Portland School Is Changing That. (Portland Monthly, September 2018)

Posted on August 15, 2018 in Media Coverage
By Zach Dundas Read the story below and here. Stat after stat. Principal’s office after principal’s office. Across the nation, schools punish students of color more often than their white peers. “Disproportionate discipline” notably affects African American kids. A federal study this year found that black public school students—only 15.5 percent of US students— receive almost 40 percent of suspensions.

Building Bridges After High School Graduation

Posted on June 26, 2018 in CEO Updates
“I am the first person in my family to graduate from high school. It’s a big step and it’s scary. My family is watching me and wondering what’s next for me. And I wondered this year if I was worthy enough to go to college—can I even make it there?” That is what Marcos Carden, a recent Franklin High School graduate …

Inspiring work happening to improve attendance in our community

Posted on May 24, 2018 in Press Releases
Nearly one in four Multnomah County students are chronically absent, missing more than 10% of school days, leading to academic struggles and an increased risk of dropping out. Irregular attendance also signals greater challenges, including housing insecurity, and mental and physical health challenges. Administrators and teachers at Highland Elementary School—where 67% of students are of color—are hard at work improving student attendance …

Reynolds Middle School Improves Disproportionate Discipline

Posted on May 23, 2018 in CEO Updates
Last year we shared the story of Corey Jenkins. Corey was an eighth grader at Reynolds Middle School who was benefiting from the school’s focus on improving school-wide systems around discipline and referrals. Through our close collaboration with the school we learned how Corey was improving, and reflecting on that improvement Corey shared, “I’m proud of myself, but I have more goals to work on.” We told Corey’s story in an effort to create a shared sense of community understanding around the impact of disproportionate discipline …

2018 Ninth Grade Counts Guide to Summer Transition Programs Now Available!

Posted on May 16, 2018 in Press Releases
The 2018 Guide to Summer Transition Programs for Incoming Ninth Graders in Portland and Multnomah County is now available! School and community partners use it to help Academic Priority eighth graders get a jump on high school and connect them with a positive summer learning experience. The guide lists the school districts each program serves as well as the program dates …

Another bid to boost workforce development (DJC Oregon, May 2018)

Posted on May 4, 2018 in Media Coverage
By Josh Kulla Read the story below and here. Workforce development has become a mantra in and around the building industry. It stems from an ongoing shortage of skilled workers in virtually every trade imaginable. Combine that with the red-hot Portland construction market, and it’s a recipe for even bigger issues down the road if left uncorrected …

Third annual Industry for a Day, presented by Bank of America, builds greater community awareness of opportunities in construction and manufacturing

Posted on April 30, 2018 in Press Releases
Nearly 200 educators from throughout Multnomah County immersed themselves in the fields of construction and manufacturing as a part of All Hands Raised Industry for a Day (IFAD) presented by Bank of America on April 26, 2018. A morning program featured youth voices Benjamin Gilmore, a NECA-IBEW Electrical apprentice, and Rosa Gomez, an apprentice at the Pacific Northwest Regional Carpenter’s Institute …