Education is the great equalizer. A good education provides the skills needed to get a job with a steady income, and tools that are essential to being a critical thinker and good citizen.

To build a brighter future, SAGE members volunteer in schools and after-school programs, serve on boards of educational institutions and raise money for education-related causes. Members have also helped to pass legislation that strengthens our schools.

Read our member stories (right side of this page) for great examples of the many ways that members are giving forward for education.

For more examples and inspiration, read our Impact Report.

All it takes to change a child’s life is one committed adult. Consider investing your time and talent with the following nonprofit groups.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Frederick Douglass

Bruce Watts

Bruce Watts joins other mentors to help young men succeed in school and in life.

Jeanne Magmer

Jeanne Magmer is giving forward by helping students with scholarships, grants, and backpacks to get the right start for school.

Mohammad Rahman

Mohammad is giving forward by investing in children’s education around the world.

Nonprofit Education Partners

SMART works 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.

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.

Open School (OS) is a 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 [email protected]

Friends of the Children is a 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.

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 [email protected]

Trillium Family Services is 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.

Metropolitan Family Service, AARP Experience Corps is a 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 [email protected] or call 503-232-0007 x217.

Minds Matter of Portland is an 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 [email protected]

Stand for Children is an Oregon 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

Office of Student
Access and Completion

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.

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