The Shadow Project welcomes volunteers from Junior League of Portland this Saturday for a 3rd year of community service. Volunteers will organize books and other program materials that help our 1,500 students achieve to their goals.
A Message from The Shadow Project’s Board President
Just like the children we serve, The Shadow Project is growing, evolving and achieving goals that once seemed impossible. The Shadow Project was founded in 1997 when a mother realized that with some extra encouragement, her son, struggling in school because of his learning disabilities, could become a courageous learner. The volunteer-run program started with 40 kids in two Portland classrooms and grew organically over the years. But we knew that we could do more.
The Shadow Project is proud to be a nonprofit partner chosen for Portland Public Schools’ Action Research Partnership, which launched last month in five high needs schools. The goal is to ensure that all children read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, which dramatically increases their likelihood of high school graduation. At an August kick-off event at Rosa Parks School, Shadow staff encouraged students to write their goals and accomplishments, and post them in the cafeteria for all to see. Through this early literacy partnership, Shadow is teaming with special education teachers and speech language pathologist to help 275 struggling students to unleash their potential for learning.
Every kid has a hero. The students at Marysville School had the opportunity to hang out with theirs when 60 players from the PSU Vikings football team descended on the school to set goals with students in The Shadow Project and their peers. This was the third and LARGEST visit from the team that began last year, thanks to Shadow Project’s sponsor MassMutual. Check out our exciting footage of the event. The players, several of whom have ADHD and related conditions, shared their stories of struggle and success, building great connections with our kids along the way.
I am proud of myself because I'm doing better in class and staying focused. I used to have a hard time with my attitude but I'm doing better now. I'm 13 and I have done the Shadow Project since I was six. The Shadow Project is wonderful. I hope to be like you guys and help kids out someday.