Resources for learning more about education and student-loan debt

  • Student Debt and the Class of 2013 (The Institute for College Access and Success, November 2014) (providing state by state data and a full report on student debt from federal and private loans).
  • The American Dream is Leaving America (Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, 10/25/2014) (basic element of American dream is equal access to education, but now many countries do better than the United States in educational mobility).
  • REPORT: "Doing Away with Debt: Using Existing Resources to Ensure College 
    Affordability for Low and Middle-Income Families" (The Education Trust, 2/13) (report on reducing student debt and closing opportunity and attainment gaps)

Sages working on solutions

Mohammad Rahman

Mohammad Rahman

Giving forward by investing in children’s education around the world.
Jeanne Magmer

Jeanne Magmer

Helping students with scholarships, grants, and backpacks to get the right start for school.
Bruce Watts

Bruce Watts

Teaching young adults accountability, respect and integrity.

Volunteer for nonprofit partners

You can give forward to the next generation by volunteering for causes and programs that strengthen education, protect the environment, and promote economic security for younger and future generations.

To get started, consider volunteering with one of these great nonprofit organizations that are building a brighter future. For more long-term initiatives, you can lead a unique project with one of our partners (click here for current project opportunities).


Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion—Provides innovative programs to thousands of Oregon students and families to ensure access to postsecondary education. You can help OSAC open up the doors to higher education by mentoring a high school student around academic preparation in their ASPIRE program, or by participating on an OSAC scholarship selection committee. Call Tina Wilson  541-687-7352.



I Have A Dream—Helps low income children succeed in school, college and career. You can inspire middle and high school students to pursue a career he/she may not have considered by hosting a small group at your office, or tutor students in math, reading, or writing. Call Emily Gaither, 503-287-7203 or 804-513-6586.




Friends of the Children—Mentoring program that selects the most at risk youth in our community and pairs them with a paid, professional “Friend” from kindergarten through high school graduation. You can help by connecting with youth as a career advocate or by supporting Friends during their weekly programs. Call Meagan Golec, 503-281-6633.



Metropolitan Family Service, AARP Experience Corps – Mentoring program that matches volunteers age 50+ with young students in our schools who need a little extra help to become great readers and develop the skills and self confidence that will help them succeed.  Mentors become actively engaged in their schools, working one-on-one or in small groups with K-3rd graders, 4-10 hours per week.   Excellent training and support are provided. Email or call 503-232-0007 x217.



Open School (OS)—College-prep program for the kids who have fallen the furthest behind, surrounding these students with what they need to graduate and get ahead – advocacy to be their best, equity to spark learning, and rigorous academics to succeed in the modern economy. 75% of Open School students are living in poverty, and 78% are youth of color. Volunteers can become involved in helping students begin to explore post-secondary options as they pertain to college access, financial literacy, and career exposure & opportunities, helping connect what students learn in the classroom to potential career pathways. Call 503-488-5187 or email



KairosPDX is a non-profit organization fighting to change the narrative for historically-underserved children in North Portland through innovative education, family partnership and advocacy with the hope of making Portland a better place for all. Call 503-567-9820 or email



SMART—Working to ensure every child in Oregon can read and is empowered to succeed. You can read with a child for one hour a week at their school or program. Contact Staci Sutton, 971-634-1616.



Minds Matter of Portland—All Volunteer academic mentoring program that transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. You can mentor an underprivileged high school student to gain acceptance to a four-year university and navigate the financial aid process. Email


Stand for ChildrenOregon advocacy group to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training. Get involved in campaigns run by your local chapter. Sign up at



Trillium Family Services. Oregon’s largest non-profit provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families. Trillium is the only provider in Oregon offering a full continuum of children’s mental and behavioral health services. You can volunteer in a variety of ways, which will provide needed support to programs that help children and adolescents whose mental health struggles impact their ability to be successful in their homes, schools, and communities. Call 503-205-3544.