Summer Programs Recap 2022

summer Program REcap

Through the help of community partnerships and various funding sources, this summer REAP provided 325 students from 9 different school districts with 8-weeks of fun and engaging academic enrichment and leadership experiences. During the summer, REAP’s 3rd-12th grade students engaged in weeklong enrichment camps that included academic learning, social-emotional learning, physical activity, and leadership development activities. The camps took place at 5 locations throughout the Portland Metro Area. In partnership with SummerWorks, REAP also provided part-time paid internships for 12 youth, who learned job skills and assisted with implementing the program activities.

Safer Summer PDX Initiative 

This summer REAP partnered with the City of Portland to help implement the City’s Safer Summer PDX Initiative, with an objective to engage youth in areas most impacted by gun violence in pro-social activity. REAP utilized the Safer Summer PDX Initiative funding to add 100 additional students to our summer program, with an aim to generate a sense of belonging and positivity among at-risk youth in the summer months. The funds help us to serve students in the Centennial, David Douglas, North Clackamas, and Portland Public Schools: neighborhoods in Portland currently most impacted by gun violence. Check this interview with KATU about the impact REAP was able to make with the funds received from the City of Portland.

Institute of Purpose

In partnership with Intel, during our 7th week of programming, our middle and high school-age students participated in REAP’s Institute of Purpose Conference at the Intel Campus. During this 3-day conference, 149 students had the opportunity to develop their individual and collective skills and creativity to build toward the future with innovation. Through hands-on instruction and active participation, the students learned about mental health & wellness, learned how to take apart and rebuild computers, and learned some of the entrepreneurship skills needed to launch a business.

Innovation Tour

This summer REAP also took 10 of our Young Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) students, who are working on launching their own business, on a one-week trip to Silicon Valley. The trip included an industry-based career and entrepreneur-focused curriculum and career mentoring opportunities. Students participated in VIP tours at the Flexport, VISA, and Wells Fargo corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California. They also toured the Wells Fargo Museum and Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, explored Fisherman’s Wharf, saw the Golden Gate Bridge, and spend a fun-filled day at Great American Amusement Park. Thank you, Alaska Airlines and East Portland Action Plan, for supporting this year’s Innovation Tour.

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