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Oregon Adaptive SportsGrant Amount: $8,500
Project: Ski for Life Program
Location: Bend, OR
Oregon Adaptive Sports will serve at least 100 youth with disabilities from seven different schools and institutions in Central Oregon. Each student participates in two to five days of adaptive snow sports at Mt Bachelor.
Oregon Adaptive Sports’ Ski For Life program instills confidence, self-esteem, and increased independence in over 100 youth with disabilities through adaptive snow-sports.
Oregon Environmental CouncilGrant Amount: $10,000
Project: Rural Partnerships Initiative in the Umatilla River basin
Location: Portland, OR
This project benefits low-income residents in the Umatilla River basin (Oregon’s “bread basket”) who face serious water contamination, and local economic development efforts that currently lack reliable water resources.
As part of a broader effort to build bridges of understanding and collaboration between urban and rural Oregon around environmental concerns, OEC’s Rural Partnership Initiative is working with local stakeholders to address serious water quality and OEC will be developing a science-based strategy to improve water quality and water supply and related pilot projects in specific locations within the Umatilla basin. The lessons learned in this project will also help improve other state agency programs to restore water quality and supply in at least four other areas that state officials have designated for particular attention due to water quality or water supply issues.
The Dougy CenterGrant Amount: $12,500
Project: Ensuring Emotional Support for Grieving Children
Location: Portland, OR
Ensures that safe space and support is in place for 2,000 children, teens and young adults to find hope and healing in the face of grief due to the death of a parent or sibling. The Dougy Center is the only child bereavement program in the Portland-area which does not limit the time that families can participate and is offered at no charge to families.
The Next Door, Inc.Grant Amount: $13,000
Project: The Next Door’s Youth Services
Location: Hood River, OR
Our Youth Services’ programs will provide 280 at risk or high-risk youth from the Mid-Columbia Gorge region with social-emotional support services. Participating youth will learn life and resiliency skills to thrive as adults through services that include:
* Mentoring Services will implement a best practices, evidence-based mentoring program that will recruit, screen, train, support, supervise activities, and create matches that will provide positive adult role models for at least 100 children and youth ages 6-20.
*Independent Living Program will provide life skills training and supervised activities for at least 15 foster youth.
*Oregon Trail Transitional Living will provide housing and life skills trainings for seven homeless or runaway 17-21 year olds, including young mothers.
*Summer Youth Employment Program will provide at least nine weeks of summer employment, conservation and environmental education for 10 youth. This summer, we hope to provide maintenance to areas affected by the Eagle Creek Fire—a region where our crews have always worked.
*Youth Outreach Worker will provide intensive, moderate and/or brief counseling and therapeutic services and support to at least 150 youth in Hood River County.
Trailkeepers of OregonGrant Amount: $10,000
Project: Eagle Creek Fire Area Trail Restoration
Location: Portland, OR
This project will improve up to 25 miles of trail and associated slopes in the Columbia Gorge, aiding restoration and recovery of the impacted ecosystem. It will also engage hundreds of volunteers and reopen trails affected by the Eagle Creek Fire.
Last year the Eagle Creek Fire burned over 48,500 acres and impacted some of the most beautiful and iconic sites in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. While fires are a natural part of many forested ecosystems the impacts of the Eagle Creek Fire will be a difficult challenge into the future due to the steep slopes of the Columbia Gorge.
Treehouse FundGrant Amount: $12,500
Project: Graduation Success
Location: Seattle, WA
The goal of Treehouse’s Graduation Success Program is to help foster youth graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers. During the 2017-2018, we expect to serve 850-1,000 youth in foster care in Washington State.
Youth in foster care face an uphill battle academically due to lack of basic skills, frequent home and school placement changes and emotional upheaval.
Treehouse is involved in our most important work yet: helping foster youth graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future and launch successfully into adulthood. After 5 years of success in Seattle/King County, Graduation Success expanded in 2016 to Tacoma and Spokane, this year expanding to an additional eight districts in Pierce, Spokane and Snohomish counties. Treehouse is planning to expand the Graduation Success program statewide by 2022.
TSNE Missionworks / Ada Developers AcademyGrant Amount: $10,000
Project: Ada Devlopers Academy General Support
Location: Boston, MA / Seattle, WA
Supports the work that Ada Developers Academy (ADA), located in Seattle, Washington, is doing to include women, particularly women of color and gender diversity, (most often low-income) in the technological field as software developers. ADA offers tuition-free training plus a paid internship.
Ada Developers Academy is designed to increase the number of underrepresented skilled software developers while redefining and reinventing the way individuals are prepared to be successful in information technology careers. With an intensive, inclusive, and positive learning community, it aims to directly address both the information technology labor shortage in Washington and the lack of diverse experience, thought, and background in the software industry.