Educational Recreational Adventures

Mission: “ERA is committed to outdoor education, not only as a way to enhance science education, but as a way to create a lasting connection to public and wild lands.

Resources Provided:
classes, camps, school and after-school programs, field trips, and tours to learn about forest education, science, and aquatic education.


Year Established: 2003


Coalition for Kids

Mission: “To create and support community partnerships that empower families in Josephine County to thrive.”

Resources Provided:
-Created and continues to operate the Family Resources Center that is home to 5 non-profit agencies.
-Operates Coalition for Kids Child Care Center-providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for low-income families with an emphasis on having children “ready to learn” when they enter kindergarten.
-Works with other community organizations and government agencies to achieve common goals addressing issues such as early childhood development homeless youth, workforce readiness and youth mentoring.

223 S.E. M St., Grants Pass, OR 97526
T: (541) 479-1929



Albertina Kerr

Mission: “Partners with the community to support people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self determined lives and realize their full potential.”

Resources Provided:
Crisis psychiatric care (subacute), family resource center, foster care, intensive-community based treatment, intensive treatment program, kerr early childhood outpatient services, outpatient services, youth group homes, children’s developmental health services, community inclusion, adult group homes, supported living, youth group homes, intensive treatment program, and hearing services.

T: (503)239-8101
424 NE 22nd Ave. Portland OR 97232

Year Established: 1907


Airway Science for Kids

Mission: “The Airway Science program exposes youth, especially those who are socially and economically challenged, to activities that inspire their interest and growth toward higher learning and careers in aerospace, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

Resources Provided:
After school classes for children 10-13 years old and Saturday classes for teens 14-18 years old, with special outreach to the socially and economically disadvantaged or to families perceived to be outside the information and opportunity mainstream. Each teen builds and gets to fly their own RV-12 aircraft.

P.O. Box 4142 Portland, OR 97208-4142


Adelante Mujeres

Mission: “Adelante Mujeres provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low income Latina women and their families to ensure full participation and active leadership in the community.”

Nuestra Mision: “Adelante Mujeres provee educacion integral y opotunidades de empoderamiento a mujeres latinas de bajos ingresos economicos y sus famlias para lograr su participacion completa y su liderazgo activo en la comunidad.”

Resources Provided:
Education, workforce training, entrepreneurial training, and family literacy, health education.

Year Established: 2002


New Avenues for Youth

Mission: “to work in partnership with our community to prevent youth homelessness and provide homeless and at-risk young people the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.”

Resources Provided:
Provides programming and services that empower homeless youth to exit street life. Day services, case management, transitional housing, Music/Arts Program, alternative high school, and job training.

1220 SW Columbia St. Portland, OR 97201
T: (503)224-4339

Year Established: 1977


Youth, Rights & Justice

Mission: Improving the lives of vulnerable children and families in Oregon

Resources Provided:
Court appointed to represent children in foster care, parents in the child dependency system and youth in the juvenile court system. Helps to advocate for policies to improve lives of children and families in Oregon.

401 NE 19th Ave Suite 200 Portland, OR 97232
T: (503)232-2540

Year Established: 1975


Youth Progress Association

Mission: “provides a nurturing environment where youth gain the skills necessary to progress socially, personally, academically, and vocationally. We support and enhance the growth and development of Oregon’s youth through healthy and productive partnerships.

Resources Provided:
Intent is to teach independent living skills while addressing the client’s mental and emotional needs. Has various different programs all focused on accommodating diverse clients.

T: (503)233-6121

Year Established:1964


Youth Villages

Mission: “helps children and families live successfully.”

Resources Provided:
-intensive in-home treatment
-residential programs
-foster care
-project safe place
-transitional living
-specialized crisis services
-MYPAC Provider

T: (901)251-5000

Year Established: 1986


The Shadow Project

Mission: “closes achievement gap in special education, helping them become confident, engaged students who stay in school”.

Resources Provided:
Provides life-changing enrichment special education teachers use right in their classrooms that helps struggling students grades K-8 reach goals and discover the joy of learning.

T: (888)747-0005

Year Established: 1997


Ready for School

Mission: “Move research to action by promoting cost-effective public and private investments in our youngest children birth through third grade.”

Resources Provided:
advocacy for high quality learning programs and support from birth, supporting parents and communities to be engaged in their children’s learning, promoting healthy communities by integrating health linkages with schools.

1411 SW Morrison St. #205 Portland, OR 97205
T: (503)219-9034

Year Established: 2004


Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC)

Mission: “to prepare at-risk youth for future success through education, leadership, family outreach, employment training and placement”.”

Resources Provided: Education management that serves over 560 students and work trainees annually across three programs: Rosemary Anderson High School (alternative high school), Rosemary Anderson Transitions (support system for high school graduates), and Work Opportunities Training.

T: (503)797-7222

Year Established: 1972


Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Mission: “promotes equity and social change in order to end violence for all communities. We seek to transform society by engaging diverse voices, supporting the self-determination of survivors and providing leadership for advocacy efforts.”

Resources Provided:
Public awareness, advocacy and training. Committed to social change as an absolute necessity to ending violence against women and children.

1737 NE Alberta St. Suite 205 Portland, OR 97211
T: (503)230-1951

Year Established: 1978


Reading Results

Mission: “Working with the vision that all children have the right to read and succeed, Reading Results partners with schools serving low-income students to provide a proven reading intervention program.”

Resources Provided:
reading teams tutor 18-22 students at each school for three 30 minute sessions each week for 30 weeks of the school year. Provide students with data-driven, explicit reading instruction driven by highly trained, culturally responsive tutors.

3115 NE Sandy Blvd. Suite 229 Portland, OR 97232
T: (503)477-8176

Year Established: 2000


Oregon Mentors

Mission: “To expand positive life opportunities for all young Oregonians by connecting them with caring mentors.”

Resources Provided:
Support programs that serve youth ages 5-25 through community and site-based services in nearly every county in Oregon as well as Clark County, Washington.

1411 SW Morrison St. Suite 203 Portland, OR 97205
T: (503)517-8990

Year Established: 1997



Mission: “To establish long-term partnerships with organizations that serve individuals in our community who are afflicted by health issues, emotional and psychological trauma, and social and economic adversity”.

Resources Provided:
Mentorship through wilderness adventures for youth.

T: 503-893-LEAP (5327)
E:mail: leap@leapadventure.org
806 SW Broadway Suite 300 Portland, Oregon  97205


The Circus Project

Mission: “to utilize the unique power of circus arts to transcend social barriers and inspire personal transformation, while contributing to the development of circus as an art form.

Resources Provided:
Programming for children to learn circus productions and performances. Special training for homeless and at-risk youth that utilize circus arts to teach critical life skills.

PO Box 10244, Portland OR 97296
T: (503)764-9174
1737 NW 26th Ave. Portland, OR

Year Established: 2008


Children’s Book Bank

Vision: “The Children’s Book Bank envisions a society in which all children, regardless of means, are surrounded by and experience books during their early years of development.”

Resources Provided: 
-Delivers books to children that otherwise might not have books at their home.

728 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97232
T: (503)616-3981
Email: info@childrensbookbank.org

Year Established: 2008


Art ala Carte

Mission: “to make everyone fall in love with art and to find their own voice.”

Resources Provided: 
-provide space, supplies, and support for children of all ages to create art and support individual idea of art and creation.

319 NE Wygant St. Portland, OR 97211
T: (503)750-0522

Year Established: 2012


Children’s Institute of Oregon

Mission: “Move research to action by promoting cost-effective public and private investments in our youngest children pre-birth through third grade.”

Resources Provided:
-Early education that supports Ready for School’s campaign.
-Advises lawmakers, government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and others on best practices.
-10 year demonstration project designed to influence policy and practice at all levels.

Children’s Institute
1411 SW Morrison St., Suite 205
Portland, Oregon 97205 USA
T: 503.219.9034 
Fax 503.419.6083

Year Established: 2010



Friends of the Children

Mission: To provide our most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy, productive member of the community.”

Resources Provided:
mentorship to vulnerable children

T: (503)281-6633
44 NE Morris St. Portland, OR 97212

Year Established: 2004




Mission: “to be a catalyst for the transformation of under-served youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs.”

Resources Provided:

Year round art programming for children, college scholarships,

Portland Address: 224 NW 13th Ave Box 304 Portland, OR 97209
T: (503)937-3061

Art Center:31500 Blue Lake Dr. Sisters, OR 97759
T: (541)595-0956

Year Established: 2003


Rafael House of Portland

Mission:  “to engage our entire community in non-violent living through advocacy, education, and community outreach, and by providing a safe haven from domestic violence.”

Resources Provided:
Emergency shelter for women and families, advocacy center, crisis line, education, transitional housing, outreach.

Contact: Address is at a confidential location.
Crisis Line (503)222-6222
T: (503)222-6507

Year Established: 1977



Family Building Blocks

Mission:Our primary mission is to keep children safe and families together by empowering families to break the intergenerational cycle of abuse.”

Resources Provided:
home visits, parenting education, therapeutic classroom, family nights, parent-child play groups, respite care, clothes closet, food pantry.

2425 Lancaster Dr. NE Salem, OR 97305
T: (503)566-2132

Year Established: 1997


Growing Tree Children’s Center

Philosophy: “We believe young children need understanding and consistent relationships with adults to foster positive self-images. Programs must be flexible and responsive to children’s needs.”

Resources Provided:
clean, reliable, safe, and healthy environment for children, fell of opportunity for social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.

1080 NE 4th St. Bend, OR 97701
T: (541)388-3733

Year Established: 1978


Portland Youth Builders

Mission: “To support young men and women who are committed to changing their lives to become self-sufficient, contribution members of the workforce and their community.”

Resources Provided:
long term support for low income youth, provide education, vocational training, and leadership development services for over 200 young people between the ages 17 and 24 who have not completed high school and who face significant barriers to success.

T: (503)286-9350

Year Established: 1995


Native American Youth Family Center (NAYA)

Mission:  Our united and connected community celebrates our multicultural and multi-tribal heritage as a source of strength. Our healthy community understands the connection between our environment, our culture, our spirituality, and our wellness.

Resources Provided:
Camps and seasonal programming, college and career services, community economic development, community engagement and advocacy, critical services, early college academy, elder services, foster care support, housing, home ownership, catering, construction, parent involvement, and youth education.

5135 NE Columbia Blvd. Portland, OR 97218
T: (503)288-8177


Year Established: 1994


Children’s Relief Nursery

Mission: “to keep children safe and families strong”.

Resources Provided:
Teach parent skills, strengthen bonds between parents and babies, provide target services, reduce child behavioral problems, and improve social and emotional development in very young children.


St Johns Site:
8425 N Lombard St. Portland, OR 97203
T: (503)283-4776

Mill Park Site
1245 SE 122nd Ave Portland, OR 97233
T: (503)564-0164

Year Established: 2012