Since 2001, REAP has been offering multifaceted programming designed to uplift resilient leaders who are empowered to achieve their dreams.
Most recently, REAP has been focusing on school communities with significant numbers of families in challenging economic circumstances and non-English speaking families. Children of these families face the most challenge in negotiating school and life.
Founders Levell Thomas and Mark Jackson are longtime friends who came up in Portland Public Schools together. They founded REAP in 2001 knowing the potential contained within Portland youth and their yearning for opportunities in the larger world.
Levell and Mark also knew how to adapt successful, proven programs as a structure for guiding and supporting youth, and they know how to tap into networks in business, government, and the nonprofit sector to connect the youth to leaders, mentors, and potential employers across our communities and the state.