UPCOMING PARTNER EVENTS

There is so much happening in our community. Click here to see free events held by our trusted partners. Check back often – these come and go all the time!

  • Oregon MESA is hosting a Family Welcome via YouTube Live on Thursday 9/22 at 6 pm (English) and 6:30 pm (Spanish).  We’re inviting middle and high school students to enroll in MESA and get access to our hands-on STEM programs, develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, and learn skills that will help them enter college and compete successfully in the workforce.  The Family Welcome is a chance for returning and prospective students and families to learn about what MESA is doing this year, get a glimpse into the student experience, and invite families to help get MESA into their schools.  Attendees can post questions in the chat for our speakers.  We’re holding two sessions (English 6pm-6:20pm, Spanish 6:30pm-6:50pm).
  • Architects in Schools (AiS) – Offered for free to Oregon elementary schools, this program matches design and building professionals with 3rd, 4th & 5th-grade teachers to provide design education for youth. Through the use of design-based lessons, this program creates lifelong learners and critical thinkers who have a greater understanding of their environment and its impact on people’s lives. Want your child to participate in Architects in Schools with their classroom? Encourage your child’s teacher to sign up by the October 21 deadline!
  • COVID SUPPORT: We understand that COVID-19 guidance is changing quickly, and that can cause anxiety and emotional distress. Not everyone has an immediate support system around them. If you’d like to find mental health resources, visit our website for information about crisis support hotlines, including for mental health and youth, as well as contact information for local mental health programs throughout Oregon, listed by county. You can also find mental health resources and information in multiple languages at Safe + Strong.
  • Multnomah County Virtual Workshops
  • The Center for Sex Ed is promoting a free Virtual Teen Conference — an interactive, self-paced, virtual learning experience created for high school students and featuring high school students.
  • Calling all seniors! The Oregon Promise Grant is now open! In order to be eligible you must 1) graduate from Oregon high school or receive GED 2) cumulative GPS is 2.5 or higher 3) plan to attend an Oregon community college within 6 months after graduation 4) be an Oregon resident at least 12 months prior to starting community college. It’s super quick – apply today!
  • The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Best Buy Teen Tech Center is re-opening on 10/30! Entry to the Teen Tech Center is FREE (no museum admission required). If you’re between 13-18 years old and are interested in playing with some multimedia technology-focused materials, stop on by. It will be open Tuesday-Friday from 2:30-7:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-5:00.
  • It is scholarship season! Both The Ford Family Foundation (tfff.org/scholarships ) and the OSAC Common Scholarship Application (https://oregonstudentaid.gov ) are open, as are many other local and national scholarships. For support locating and applying for scholarships, set up an appointment with Jenn from The College Place. https://calendly.com/tcporegon/appointments 
  • Every year the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation gives grants to organizations and programs that align with the needs of the community – arts and creativity, education and mentorship, and health and well-being. And they want to hear from you! – share and highlight current issues that impact your daily lives, which will ultimately inform who they give to. Interested? Apply here to join their Youth Advisory Board. For more information on the opportunity, click here

 

EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT (EBB) PROGRAM

The Federal Communications Commission launched a temporary program to help families and households get connected to the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

  • Starting MAY 12th eligible households can enroll using any of the following options:
    • Online
    • By mail with a paper application
    • By contacting a local participating internet service provider (for an initial list of local service providers see below)
  • To learn more about the discount program including eligibility and enrollment information, contact any one of the following local partners who are here to help:
    • Multnomah County Library: (503) 988-5123
    • Call 2-1-1 (or 1-866-698-6155), or TEXT your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) or email help@211info.org) – 211 Info is a local non-profit that provides callers with referrals to basic needs programs such as food, shelter, health care, and now EBB information
    • Call 3-1-1 – the City of Portland’s 311 Customer Service line provides community access to local government information and services, and now EBB information
    • Visit the City of Portland website
  • Initial List of Local Participating Internet Service Providers:
    • Comcast Xfinity: 1-800-934-6489 (wireline)
    • Comcast Internet Essentials: 1-855-846-8376 (wireline)
    • Ziply Fiber: 1-866-699-4759 (wireline)
    • AT&T: 1-800-331-0500 (wireless)
    • Human-I-T (using Sprint/T-Mobile network): 1-888-391-7249 (wireless)
    • T-Mobile: 1-800-866-2453 (wireless)
    • Verizon: 1-800-922-0204 (wireless)

 

AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM 
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Who Is Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
Participates in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program.
Two Steps to Enroll
1. Go to ACPBenefit.org to submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill.
NEED HELP WITH COLLEGE-ING?

Check out these Opportunity Books — available to the public in PDF form.

The College Place offers free specialized support to guide you throughout high school to get you ready for college! This includes FAFSA help, notifying you about scholarship opportunities, and more. Sign up here.

Check out “How to Pay for College” in English and in Spanish from the folks at The College Place

 

FREE FOOD PANTRIES

Multnomah County community food resources.

 

FREE TRANSIT TO COVID VACCINATION SITES

Are you having trouble getting to your COVID-19 vaccination clinic? Trimet and Oregon Health Authority are partnering up to provide Eurekan participants and their families with free transit fares to get to the clinics! If you need this assistance, please fill out the form below and a Girls Inc. PNW staff member will follow up with you.

RESOURCES FOR GRIEVING FAMILIES

We all need a little help sometimes coping with loss and grief. Here are some resources provided free by Providence.

 

OUR STRONG, SMART, BOLD COMMUNITY

It takes a village. We couldn’t run the Eureka! program without the love and support of our partners, fellow coalition members, and the wider Strong, Smart, Bold STEM community. Check out what else is going on.