On March 21, College Possible Portland hosted a gathering of more than 130 of our supporters, partners, AmeriCorps alumni, students and current team to celebrate and thank everyone for a wonderful year.
It was also a chance to celebrate successfully maxing out our individual donor match of $100,000 in December! The match was generously offered by an anonymous donor and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. We were able to meet the match with the help of our partners at the Give!Guide and all the individuals who gave in November and December 2017.
The event program highlighted our Statewide Initiative Pilot Program and our work of piloting a hybrid tech-connected and in-person program to 140 high school students in eight partner schools across the state of Oregon.
Casey Block, program coordinator of the Statewide Initiative Pilot Program shared specifics about the program, her own story of being a first-generation college student from a rural community and some of what we’ve learned in our second year of piloting this program.
“Our goal is to provide support to ensure all students take the time to think about whether a school feels like a good fit, and, more importantly, understand that they deserve to think about that – to find a place where they are challenged to grow and succeed. We want them to believe wholeheartedly that they do belong on whatever campus they end up choosing, even if, systematically, they’ve been told the exact opposite their entire lives.”
In addition to learning more about our efforts outside of the Portland metro area, the gathering gave everyone a chance to meet, mingle and make connections. After being in Oregon for just five years, it was a wonderful sight to see a room chock full of College Possible supporters.