Oregon ranks 48th in the nation in high school graduation rates, and one-quarter of our state’s high schools fail to graduate one-third or more of their students on time. Students who do not finish high school have few prospects for employment, and a difficult future. Gateway to College National Network exists to give these students a second chance.
You can support our work with local youth in a number of ways:
Donations to Gateway to College National Network have a big impact. The average Gateway student enrolls at age 17 with a GPA of 1.62 and half of the credits needed to achieve a diploma. After graduating from our programs, 73% of our students continue in college (higher than 69% of all high school graduates who go on to attend college). You can donate online
, by sending a check to 529 SE Grand Ave., Suite 300. Portland, OR. 97214, or by calling us at 541-737-1527.
Our upcoming Re:Connect Oregon fundraiser on November 2 is an opportunity to support GtCNN through ticket or table purchases, silent auction bidding, and donations while hearing from Gateway Graduates and networking with local leaders. We are currently accepting corporate sponsorships for Re:Connect. You can find more information here
At our Gateway Gatherings, we host panel discussions on current challenges and opportunities in education and industry. Our next Gateway Gathering will be held on Tuesday, December 12, at the Northwest Health Foundation. You can find our Gateway Gathering schedule at gatewaytocollege.org/events
Volunteer opportunities at GtCNN include serving on our Ambassador Council, providing event support, and representing your company at our jobs fair for opportunity youth in April 2018. If you have an idea for another volunteer opportunity, please let us know!
Work-based learning opportunities (paid internships and mentorships) are an essential bridge between college and career for our students. In Multnomah County alone, there are more than 8,000 youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of work and out of school. Help us create more opportunities for these youth in the local industry. In the first week of April, we will be hosting a jobs fair for our students and other previously disengaged youth. Encourage your company to join 50+ employers from the Portland area at our jobs fair.