What We've Been Working On

Posted on May 25, 2021 in CEO Updates

May 25, 2021

All Hands Raised is committed to relentlessly and systematically connecting our community’s diverse assets, with the explicit goal of working in new ways together to improve our kids’ success inside and outside of school.

With an emphasis on racial equity, we utilize data to shine a light on areas where we are failing and co-design solutions—creating shared accountability, responsibility and credit. Together we are, every day, improving outcomes for the 220,000+ children, youth and young adults in Multnomah County.

Register By June!

We know that students who start kindergarten on time are more likely to graduate high school on time.

Last fall, kindergarten enrollment dropped by 15%. In a collaborative effort to improve Fall 2021 enrollment, All Hands Raised worked with Early Learning Multnomah, Multnomah Education Service District, Multnomah County and United Way of the Columbia-Willamette to develop and roll out a campaign to communicate the importance of registering new kindergarteners by June.

The campaign is now expanding to Clackamas and Washington counties.

Ninth Grade Counts

This unique group of summer programs works together to give soon to be ninth-grade-students an opportunity to get a jump start on their journey into high school.

Since 2009, Ninth Grade Counts has brought together community-based organizations, schools and other partners to connect more students with proven supports to stay on track to graduate from high school.

“High school is where it actually matters. It’s where we try to figure out what we want to become. The future seems far away but it’s already here.” – Nicole, 2018 student in Native American Youth & Family Center’s Ninth Grade Counts Program (Read more about Nicole’s experience in Ninth Grade Counts here)

This year there are 14 Ninth Grade Counts programs planned—up from 5 last year—a promising sign of recovery. And, to address the unique challenges incoming ninth-graders face post-pandemic, this year’s programming will highlight social connection and emotional support.

Through collaboration, we are making progress. Together. All of us. We look forward to sharing more updates with you soon!

Sincerely,
Lavert Robertson
CEO, All Hands Raised