Safeco Insurance Foundation awards Shadow $18,000 two-year grant.

Safeco Insurance Foundation awards Shadow $18,000 two-year grant.

The Shadow Project has received an $18,000 grant from the Safeco Insurance Foundation through their Education Initiative. This two-year grant provides operating support to help Shadow improve educational outcomes for children with learning challenges.


Title: The Shadow Project receives $18,000 grant from Safeco Insurance Foundation to help improve educational achievements for at risk youth in Oregon

August 14, 2013

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The Shadow Project has received an $18,000 grant from the Safeco Insurance Foundation to further its support of Oregon children with learning-related disabilities. Safeco’s new two-year grant provides operating support to help Shadow improve educational outcomes for children at the highest risk of failing in school.

Children in special education represent one of Oregon’s largest at-risk populations, prone to disengaging from learning and failing in school. The Shadow Project is responding to help these struggling students whose barriers to learning include ADHD, dyslexia, autism, and communication disorders. Shadow is the only nonprofit in the state of Oregon that equips classrooms with a structured, incentive-based framework and educational materials to help special education teachers reach struggling children early and engage them in learning—critical to keeping them in school.

“Just as wheelchair ramps foster independence for those with physical disabilities, The Shadow Project helps make learning accessible for boys and girls whose challenges include dyslexia, ADHD, autism and communications disorders,” says Christy Scattarella, founder and executive director of The Shadow Project. “This generous grant from Safeco Insurance will enable us to serve more at risk students and help keep them on a successful learning track.”

Since 1997, the Portland-based Shadow Project has worked with teachers to help close the achievement gap for more than 6,500 at-risk children in 28 metro area schools. Oregon has more than 74,000 special education students, many of whom need the engagement, inspiration and in-classroom techniques Shadow offers to youngsters grades K-8, most of whom are from low-income homes.

Launched in 2009, Safeco’s Education Initiative has provided nearly $2.8 million to 53 nonprofits in Washington and Oregon to improve the educational achievements and opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Safeco has also brought Shadow invaluable volunteer support from Liberty Mutual.

“You won’t find an organization better than The Shadow Project at helping Portland’s vulnerable kids to believe in themselves and unleash their potential for learning. They benefit, our schools benefit and ultimately we benefit with thriving, productive people in our community,” says Mark Holloway, executive director, Social Venture Partners.

The Shadow Project welcomes Helen Scalise as Communications & Development Associate!

The Shadow Project welcomes Helen Scalise as Communications & Development Associate!
In August, the Shadow Project welcomed Helen Scalise as the new Communications & Development Associate. Helen will help advance our mission by managing our communications plan and working with board and staff to engage the business community, individuals and volunteers, and support our development goals. 
Before starting at the Shadow Project, Helen was with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore and most recently had her own nonprofit management consulting business in Portland. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Organizational Development through Pepperdine University.



(Read the full posting at Portland Business Journal.)

Helen Scalise

Date added:August 23, 2013
Submission Type:New Hire
Current employer:The Shadow Project
Current title/position:Communications & Development Associate
Position level:Manager
Position department:Marketing
Previous Employer:Annie E. Casey Foundatio
Duties/responsibilities:Advance Shadow Project’s mission by managing its communications plan and engaging the business community, individuals and volunteers to support at risk children with learning-related disabilities—those at the greatest risk of failing in school
Company headquarters:Portland

Oregonian: Vibrant Village Foundation awards Shadow Project $150,000 expansion grant

Oregonian: Vibrant Village Foundation awards Shadow Project $150,000 expansion grant

The Oregonian reports on The Shadow Project’s expansion grant!

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Portland non-profit The Shadow Project wins $150,000 grant to expand in East County

Students in Shannon Cooper’s special education classroom at Harrison Park School are always eager to participate.The Shadow Project serves 100 students at this K-8 School in outer Southeast Portland. Cooper is a member of The Shadow Project’s Teacher Advisory Board, a group of six educators who work closely with the nonprofit to strengthen student achievement. (COURTESY OF THE SHADOW PROJECT)

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on August 05, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The Shadow Project, a Portland non-profit that teams up with teachers in special education classrooms, will be helping hundreds more children thanks to a $150,000 two-year grant from the Vibrant Village Foundation.

The grant will allow the Shadow Project to serve at least five more schools in East Multnomah County.

Christy Scattarella founded the Shadow Project because her second-grade son Alex had dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and was struggling to learn how to read and write.

Named after her son’s beloved dog, the Shadow Project has evolved from a volunteer “mom and pup” operation in 1997 to a citywide organization that will serve at least 1,500 K-8 students this year.

Shadow creates an educational token economy that special education teachers can use to motivate and reward students. Every class period, students can earn “shadow bucks” as rewards for coming to class, turning in homework and making good choices. Each month, students and teacher participants celebrate Shadow Day, during which students can use shadow bucks to earn prizes such as books, writing supplies, and family reading kits.

“The big thing to remember with these kids is it takes courage to come to school every day,” says Scattarella. “And we really want to reward and acknowledge that.”

The Shadow Project is working to combat an education crisis that it says uniquely affects kids with learning challenges.

In Oregon there are more than 74,000 children, most from low-income homes, who receive special education services. In 2012, less than half of the special education population graduated from high school with their class. Nationwide, 20 percent of students with learning disabilities drop out of school, as opposed to 8 percent of their unencumbered peers, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

With the two-year grant, the Shadow Project will hire a full-time communications and development associate to support its expansion. It has a goal of reaching 2,500 students by 2016.

The Vibrant Village Foundation is a private, family foundation based in Portland that provides grants and direct assistance to communities around the world.

“The Vibrant Village partnership with the Shadow Project was born of an alignment of our parallel missions to improve outcomes for students with learning disabilities – a very under-served, at-risk group across the state,” says Ken deLaski, founder of the foundation.

Scattarella’s son Alex graduated from college and now has two jobs.

“What’s exciting about this is that it’s not an intractable problem,” Scattarella says. “These are kids who have every potential for success…They just need more support.”

Zoe Greenberg