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August 26, 2021

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As students head back to school, we are committed to do more than move the needle forward; collectively we will rebuild. We cannot aim for returning to normal - we will return to better. Our model extends capacity for success within our youth, their families, and schools through community-focused, holistic educational support. Join us in our commitment to a better future for our youth.

Below we highlight three youth who graduated from FriendsPDX this year and are headed toward bright futures. Our program navigates across systems to remove systemic barriers and build youth empowerment. We show up for youth in immeasurable ways, and the results speak for themselves. This year, we had 100 percent of our youth graduate high school, with more than half immediately enrolling in college or vocational training.

We know this program works. And we know we need to continually evolve and adapt to the needs of the youth and families we serve. Join us. Learn about a few of our graduates below, and make your donation today to help this program continue its work to end generational poverty cycles. Your investment helps realize the opportunity every young person holds, and the success they have within themselves.

Amen has felt empowered to use her voice and push back against a narrative that she didn’t belong. “Now that I’m older and I’m realizing what social justice means, and what it encompasses, I’ve realized that’s what I want to do with my future. That’s why I want to be a lawyer after I graduate.” Amen moved to Washington, D.C. and plans to attend Howard University this fall.

Zhada dreams of being a pediatrician and is headed to the Pre-Med program at Clark Atlanta University. In 2021, she was one of 31 students across North America to receive a scholarship from the Jordan Brand Wings Scholars Program. FriendsPDX is honored to have one of our graduating youth selected for this award every year for the past three years.

Skyler was paired with his Friend Brian in kindergarden. Over the years they developed a lasting bond. Skyler has mapped out his future: he plans to enroll in community college and then transfer to film school. With his creative talents and skills in editing and technology, Skyler is on his way to a career in film editing.