Global Backpack Project's Activities in Portland
GBP Delivers Backpacks and School Supplies to the Native American Youth and Family Center
On March 20th, GBP delivered 50 backpacks and school supplies to students in grades 3-8. The students were able to choose a backpack and the school supplies they need for school. A recent report by the Coalition of Communities of Color and Portland State University found that the child poverty rate for the Native American community is 45.2% and more than half of students do not graduate high school. Economically disadvantaged children face many challenges, including having access to school supplies. Having the right tools for class can significantly impact a student's academic success. NAYA provides vital services to Native American children and youth, including a safe and supporting environment where students can take part in educational, cultural and recreational activities. We commend the Youth and Education Services staff at NAYA for the outstanding work they do and for helping to ensure the successful delivery of the backpacks and school supplies. We look forward to developing our partnership with this outstanding organization.
The Native American Youth and Family Center works to enrich the lives of Native youth and families through education, community involvement, and culturally specific programming. It has provided educational services, cultural arts programming, and direct support to reduce poverty to the Portland metropolitan area's American Indian and Alaska Native community for over 30 years.
Many thanks to Eddie Bauer and to all our generous donors for supporting Global Backpack Project through GlobalGiving. Your donations allow us to support the education of girls and boys right here in our own Portland neighborhoods.
GBP partners with local organizations to help local children succeed in school by providing them with the tools they need to reach their full potential. We focus on serving homeless youth and families as well as vulnerable and at-risk youth. We are proud to partner with Neighborhood House, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, New Avenues for Youth, and Native American Youth and Family Center.
Want to help us ensure each child in Portland has a backpack in hand in 2012? Here's how you can continue to help:
- Spread the word by sharing this report with friends and family or via Facebook and Twitter.
- Text GIVE 9496 to 80088 to donate $10 to provide school supplies to an at-risk child in Portland.*
- Make a donation as a gift to friends, family and co-workers on GlobalGiving.
*From US mobile phones. Messaging and data rates may apply.
Join Us for Our First Annual Back to School Fun Run on September 2nd.
The Back to School Fun Run will be held at Willamette Park in Portland on September 2nd. Bring your friends, family, classmates and colleagues for a positive, energized event to celebrate the beginning of school. This community event benefits children and youth by providing sturdy new backpacks and school supplies to those who might otherwise start school without the supplies they need to succeed. Proceeds will benefit the important programs served by Global Backpack Project, both local and abroad.
About Global Backpack Project
Global Backpack Project is a grassroots, community-based non-profit run entirely by volunteers in the Portland area and around the globe
We envision a world which supports education for all girls and boys so they may reach their unlimited potential in school and life.
Global Backpack Project exists to encourage a desire for learning by helping children feel prepared for school. With the help of local communities and partner organizations, we seek to make a difference in the lives of children, just as they seek to make a difference for themselves and their communities.
Thank you again for your on-going support of Global Backpack Project.
Best wishes from all of us at GBP.
Global Backpack Project