Portland Children's Levy Newsletter

Mayor Ted Wheeler,  Allocation Committee Chair
Lisa Pellegrino, PCL Director 
Pass It On
Update: Grantmaking Process Improvement & 
Community Engagement Process
At Monday's Allocation Committee meeting, the
Grantmaking Process Improvement Recommendations from Portland State University will be presented. The report can be read  here. Also, Levy staff will provide an update on the ongoing Community Engagement Process, background on which can be found on the Levy website hereMore on the meeting, and an agenda, can be found further below in the newsletter.

Calling all partners re Invention Bootcamp at Portland State Univ
Invention Bootcamp, sponsored by Oregon MESA, is accepting applications for its 2019 program. This is an engaging and challenging experience in a college setting that can be a game changer for students who might not otherwise see themselves in a STEM field. 
Through this month-long immersive invention experience, high school students of all backgrounds and experience levels will gain technical skills; form critical connections with college mentors, professors and industry professionals; and collaborate with peers from across the state.
This program is designed to serve students who lack access to STEM opportunities: it is free, lunch  is provided every day and busing  options are available to students in Washington and Multnomah counties. 

Applications are due Friday, March 1st. Interest forms for students/families can be found here, and details on how to host an "invention party" in your school or community, here.

The City of Portland's 2018-19 Fix-it Fairs 

There is one more fair on Feb. 23rd!
Floyd Light Middle School
10800 SE Washington St. 

The fairs are a free event where people  can learn simple ways to save money and connect with community resources, with many workshops available in Spanish. Go  here  for more info. Interested in having a table at the fair? Contact marygay.broderick@portlandoregon.gov
Saturday Academy greets Fix-It participants at Ockley Green MS

Camp Fire Columbia & Miss Lopez Media Takeover
A big thanks to the youth, mentors and coordinators from Camp Fire Columbia's Levy-supported middle school mentoring program for helping us celebrate National Mentoring Month. Special thanks to our amazing mentor, Renée Lopez, for facilitating the discussion and photography workshop.

"My favorite part of the whole event was when I showed the mentees some basic photography skills and then, they got to go out and test their skills, they really captured some great images and I loved to see all their faces light up!" - Renée Lopez (MissLopezMedia)

Here are a few shots from the day:
Follow @PDXKidsLevy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to check out more of the awesome shots. 
PCL Programs Making a Difference:
Metropolitan Family Service
How do you create a meal for $1.50 a serving?  Metropolitan Family Service cooking workshops at Cherry Park Elementary School in the David Douglas School District show families how to make great tasting meals on a budget. Chana masala and eggplant pasta are tonight's recipes. Enjoy!

Allocation Committee News
Two upcoming AC meetings scheduled for February and March
--Monday, Feb. 4th from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Agenda here.

--Monday, March 18th from 3 - 5 p.m.

Meetings are in City Hall Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave. 
PCL Updates

Click here to check out PCL's website!
Go here to read the 2018 PCL Community Report!
PCL helps nonprofits recruit volunteers

I t's a good idea to be listed on our Volunteer Opportunities page.  If you are an organization that accepts volunteers, please  email us  with: 
  1.  A link: either to your website where volunteer information can be found, or the email and/or phone number of the name of the person responsible for volunteers.
  2. A short blurb about what you are looking for from volunteers.
  3. If you would like to include any specific wording about outreach to older and/or retired potential volunteers.
PCL Staff Contacts
Director, After School & Hunger grants:
Assistant Director and Early Childhood & Mentoring grants:
Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention & Foster Care Grants Manager:
Communications Director:

Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Fiscal Specialist:
Who We Are

The Portland Children's Levy was created by city voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed for the third time by the electorate in May 2018. Funding for the new five-year Levy begins July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, 2024.

The Levy is supported through a property tax paid by City of Portland homeowners that generates $21 million toward investments in proven programs in areas of Early Childhood, After School, Mentoring, Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention, Foster Care and Hunger Relief. The Levy reaches over 8,000 children and their families annually; in addition, Levy-funded hunger relief services provide food to over 11,000 children and 9,167 parents/caregivers annually.

The Levy is annually audited and administrative costs do not exceed 5 percent.
Questions? Contact: Call Mary Gay Broderick at 503-823-2947 or e-mail
See our website at www.portlandchildrenslevy.org

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