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My Voice Music

If, like me, you’re born into a musical family, it’s inevitable that an instrument or two ends up in your hands. And something about the junction between music and mastery, performance and play, teaches us to grow into better, more … Continue Reading

Saturday Academy: Hands-On Learning

Here’s a way to build community: Bring young learners and knowledgeable mentors together in an educational space.

Luckily, the Portland area has a nonprofit engaged in exactly that work. Saturday Academy is a nonprofit with an impressive history serving over … Continue Reading

SMART: An Oregon where every child can read

I was lucky.

I fell in love with reading from my perch on my mama’s lap long before I was enrolled in school.

Then I caught the word fever on my own, and devoured book after book, determined to read … Continue Reading

Aim High Ignite

Imagine if the only extracurricular activity available for your child was…therapy. Most of us would be indignant – what happened to activities like swimming, soccer, or music lessons?

But this is the reality that many special needs kids experience. These … Continue Reading

Portland Children’s Museum

In the shoebox of my mind I have youthful memories of gleefully romping through the Portland Children’s Museum, touching everything in reach. And the best part? I was actually encouraged to have a fun, tactile, engaged interaction with the … Continue Reading

Children First: CARES Northwest

Children first – that’s goal at the heart of what CARES Northwest does.

The community-based medical program, which exists to assess, treat and prevent of child abuse, has always been devoted to cultivating a child-friendly environment. The staff and professionals … Continue Reading

Sharing heritage through joyful dance

It started with a dream of dancing.

As a young girl in Liberia, Rolia Manyongai-Jones dreamed of teaching African dance in the United States. She wanted to share the rich history of her culture to a multiracial audience through music.… Continue Reading

Bridge Meadows: A Unique and Supportive Community

Bridge Meadows is a community where adoptive parents, foster children, and elders over 55 find a true home with love and a vision for a better tomorrow. It is located in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland, and was modeled … Continue Reading