At WorldOregon, we believe that gratitude is more than a word. It's a way of being.
Our impact in the community has been magnified thanks to generous contributions from our local Oregon Foundations. We are grateful for their financial commitment which has helped us to expand our programmatic reach and connect Oregonians with the people, places, and ideas that are shaping our global future.
From teaching cultural diversity in our schools to coordinating professional international exchanges--here are just some of the ways these Foundations are helping WorldOregon to educate, empower, and connect our global community.
"YLA not only helped me seek out these new experiences, it gave me the confidence to pursue those opportunities in the future, as I transition to college and beyond. Be it from the simple interactions with the other kids in the program, or from our wonderful guest speakers we hosted throughout the year, I learned how to communicate on profound topics and capitalize on differences between us - cultural, social, intellectual - that can help create more powerful projects and messages of change."
-William Fritzler, Young Leaders in Action alum
Westview High School
"This program has allowed me to expand my view of the world in an authentic way through the things all cultures value: music, food, art, games, and play. My principal is expecting me to pick one box every year and has begun a new equity team on campus. As a white teacher, I will never know everything about my students of color, but these boxes help me show my students that I love them and value their experiences. I love the culture box curriculum."
-Amber Young, K-6 General Music Specialist
"I learned that there are many different ways to approach an issue, and that in order to address an issue you are interested in you must really understand the roots of that issue.”
-Mia Barkenaes, Young Leaders in Action alum
International School of Beaverton
"Last year Tiffany and I hosted one of the visitors from Ukraine, Lyubomyr Zubach, a member of parliament. After the exchange, Lyubomyr invited us to visit him and his family so we took him up on the opportunity in September. We were blown away by the hospitality we were shown.
I want to thank World Oregon and the international visitor program because without it we never would have visited Ukraine and made new friends on the other side of the world."
-Andrew Staab, International Visitor Program host
Metro Regional Government
"Education is a key developing factor for a person, and having quality education can stem more opportunities throughout one's life. Teaching people how to give back to their communities, even globally, can ultimately help change more parts of the world too."
-Sagarika Ramachandran, Young Leaders in Action alum
Lincoln High School