Spirit Mountain Community Fund Invests in Effort to Improve Outcomes for Kindergartners in Multnomah County

Posted on May 17, 2017 in Press Releases
Portland, OR (05/17/17) – More than 64,000 children aged 0-6 live in Multnomah County, yet there are no adopted best practices to ensure that the “handoff” between preschool and kindergarten is seamless. In addition, 40% percent of these children—or nearly 26,000 kids—are low-income and 45% are of color. The early inequities affecting children of color begin before kindergarten and their impacts can be seen throughout their educational journey from third grade reading scores …

2017 Guide to Ninth Grade Counts Summer Programs now available!

Posted on May 17, 2017 in Uncategorized
The 2017 Guide to Summer Transition Programs for Incoming Ninth Graders in Portland and Multnomah County is now available in multiple languages! 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 …

New Seasons Market Cans for Kids

Posted on March 29, 2017 in PPS Foundation Updates
Supporting the work of PPS Local School Foundations and the PPS Parent Equity Fund is made easy through New Seasons Market’s innovative Cans for Kids program. It only takes three steps to make a difference in our community: Step 1: Collect your redeemable cans and bottles (at home, at work, at school) …

This Community is Together

Posted on March 6, 2017 in CEO Updates
Dear Friends – Last week at our annual fundraising event, “Together,” we released the third chapter in the story of our shared work. Chapter 03 and the companion overview highlight how we bring together practitioners and leaders from education, business, government and non-profit organizations to focus on racial equity and improve educational outcomes for the 220,000 children and youth living in Multnomah County …

Together Draws Over 725 For Love and Laughs

Posted on March 1, 2017 in Press Releases
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, over 725 guests packed the floor of the Moda Center to celebrate our shared work and impact of All Hands Raised at “Together” presented by Bank of America. Together, the room raised more than $570,000 to support the work of All Hands Raised to ensure the success of all Multnomah County children, youth and young adults …

Corey’s Story

Posted on February 23, 2017 in Videos
Debuted on Feb 22, 2017 at the All Hands Raised annual fundraiser, this video tells the story of All Hands Raised’s work on the ground to improve racial educational outcomes, with a focus on the progress that eighth-grader Corey and the team at Reynolds Middle School have made together. Watch the video here

Happy Holidays from All Hands Raised

Posted on December 29, 2016 in CEO Updates
Dear Friends – At a recent gathering, Carmen Rubio, All Hands Raised Board Member and Executive Director of Latino Network, said “Children cannot be what they cannot see.” Through an elaborate collaboration with many of you, the All Hands Raised Partnership works with schools and community partners to create systems where children are able to see what they can be. Our community’s shared work is having an impact (see more of our shared progress here): Fifteen percentage point increase in on-time graduation rates across our six partner districts since 2010 —  …

Amazing Students, Like Kiziah

Posted on December 14, 2016 in CEO Updates
Dear Friends – Our number one priority remains racial equity in education – as it has since this work began in 2010. And while we have made progress and have much to be proud of, including all six partner school district boards passing equity policies, there is much to be done. Last spring we began partnering with six courageous schools to tackle the disparity in school discipline rates between students of color and their white peers …

Why I Give to All Hands Raised: Our Board Chair’s Story

Posted on December 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

Why I Give to All Hands Raised: A Letter from All Hands Raised Board Chair, Jennifer Messenger Heilbronner

  Dear Friends, A few months back, at my brother’s wedding, I got to reconnect with my third grade teacher, Sally Beisser. She was on the guest list all these years later because she had a tremendous impact on my brother’s life …

Thank You for Attending Principal for Almost a Day!

Posted on November 1, 2016 in Press Releases
On Thursday, October 27, 138 business executives, civic leaders, and non-profit CEOs walked alongside 118 principals, superintendents and other administrators from five school districts, as a part of All Hands Raised’s annual Principal for Almost a Day (PFAD) presented by Comcast. Founded 16 years ago with the goal of building understanding, awareness and partnerships between schools and community leaders, PFAD continues to serve a critical role to improve community responsibility with local schools …