What We Do

Connector. Instigator. Steward.  Aligner. Data Analyst. Backbone.  Truth-teller. Partner.

Those are just some of the words that, woven together, paint a picture of what All Hands Raised is and the unique role we play in our community. Whether we are bringing together our Board of Directors or a school community site team, we create the space to have authentic dialogue, rooted in data and action, where the needs of our kids are prioritized.

To do this we relentlessly and systematically connect 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. In seven priority areas, we are, every day, improving outcomes for over 220,000 children, youth and young adults in Multnomah County.

Listen to voices from the ground. Check out a recent update on our work.


Children, youth and young adults, ages zero-to-24, living in Multnomah County who benefit from this work.


Of the 12 community-wide measures we track—spanning from cradle to career—have improved since the work began in 2011.


Of our seven partner school district boards passed equity policies, ensuring racial equity is not only prioritized, but also operationalized. Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Multnomah Education Service District, Parkrose, Portland Public Schools and Reynolds.

14 Point

Gain in graduation rates, countywide, for African American students since 2012. Countywide rates increased by 12 points for American Indian/Alaska Native students; 11 points for Latino students; 9 points for Pacific Islander students; and 9 points for Asian students, contributing to a total countywide increase of  9 percentage points over the past five years.