FOR 10 YEARS, WE’VE ASKED ONE QUESTION AT PORTLAND LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION.

WHAT IF?

WE'VE SPENT THE LAST 10 YEARS ASKING BIG QUESTIONS.

WHAT IF INTERVENTIONS FOR CHILDREN STARTED MUCH YOUNGER, ALLOWING A NEW PATH TO BE FORGED?

Champions Academy

Over 200 Champs are flourishing academically and athletically as a result of being a part of Portland’s only leadership community for diverse student athletes.

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WHAT IF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE EXPERIENCED THE LOVE AND CONNECTION OF A FULL AND ROBUST COMMUNITY?

Embrace Oregon

Over the last 12 months, 879 families inquired to become foster parents. Embrace Oregon is recruiting Oregonians at a record number!

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Every Child

Every Child is scaling PLF’s Embrace Oregon model to all of Oregon’s 36 counties by 2022. Oregonians are showing up to care for kids and families from Bend to Burns to Beaverton.

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We have committed to spending every ounce of energy to find a safe, loving, strategic home for every child in foster care. Last year, we committed to scaling the effort to every county in Oregon by 2022.

WHAT IF WE EMPOWERED PEOPLE TO ENGAGE AND PERSIST IN COLLEGE?

Act Six

Since 2006, Act Six has trained 164 scholars in 19 cadres with 81 percent of them having graduated or are still enrolled.

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Ready to Rise

Ready to Rise is SW Washington’s only initiative focused on recruiting, training, and empowering diverse leaders to rise into leadership in Clark County.

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Ignite

Empowering young pre health leaders currently enrolled at Portland State University (10 students annually) with leadership training, mentorship and a $5,000 scholarship.

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City Builders

Serving 50 students with pre-college training and mentorship. City Builder Scholars have received $75,000.00 combined in annual scholarship funds allocated to their education.

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Avenues to College

Facing an uphill battle of a national 2.7 percent graduation rate, 65 percent of Avenues to College Scholars (all students aging out of foster care) are still enrolled in higher education since 2014.

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WHAT IF WE EQUIPPED DIVERSE LEADERS TO RISE AND LEAD IN THE MARKETPLACE THROUGH REAL-WORLD JOB EXPERIENCE AND MENTORING?

Emerging Leaders Internship Program

In 2018, ELI recruited almost 1,000 of the finest diverse college students to apply for 147 elite paid internships.

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WHAT IF WE WORKED TOGETHER TO BRING THOSE SAME LEADERS TO THE TABLE FOR DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY?

Civic Forum

The Civic Forum brings together faith and government leaders to consider how we work together to solve our region’s most vexing challenges. The next Forum will be in Summer 2018!

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Oregon Table

PLF is spearheading the effort to bring together a statewide table of faith leaders to demonstrate the power of the faith community across Oregon. More to come in 2019!

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Young Fellowship

Over the last six years, PLF has hosted 17 Gap Year Fellows; 13 of them will have long-term careers in the non-profit sector.

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Center for Communities

At any given time, PLF is providing capacity building services for small, rising non-profits. We help Oregon’s non-profit leaders bridge good intentions to more effective outcomes.

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WHEN WE LOOK AT THE FUTURE, WE ARE ASKING

BIG QUESTIONS


WHAT IF

BY 2040, THE LEADERSHIP IN OUR CITY REFLECTED THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE?

PLF imagines a day where a “Portland Pathway” exists to ensure diverse leaders from historically marginalized communities are rising into leadership roles across all sectors.


WHAT IF

IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, WE HAVE RECRUITED SO MANY FOSTER FAMILIES THAT EVERY CHILD IN FOSTER CARE IS PLACED IN THE MOST STRATEGIC HOME POSSIBLE WHEN ENTERING CARE?

PLF imagines a day when every child can be placed in a home that can serve their needs and care for them well.

WHAT IF YOU JOINED US?

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LEARN

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