Spirit Mountain Community Fund to Advance Equity for Children with Learning Challenges

A $35,000 grant to The Shadow Project will help children with disabilities like dyslexia and autism thrive, and achieve their potential.

The Shadow Project, a 15-year-old nonprofit committed to making school more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges has received a one-year, $35,000 grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Shadow Founder and Executive Director Christy Scattarella, M.A., received the grant in a September ceremony in Grand Ronde.

“The strength of our local partnerships is something we take pride in,” said Mychal Cherry, Spirit Mountain Community Fund executive director. “It’s an honor and a privilege to support an organization like The Shadow Project that makes it possible for children with learning disabilities to meet and exceed their full academic potential.”
The majority of the children in The Shadow Project are from low-income homes and communities of color. The Spirit Mountain grant gives them personalized learning experiences such as reading mentors who use a specialized audio-visual library to make books comes alive, sensory spaces where children can find calm and focus, and a goal-setting program that motivates discouraged learners.

“Because of Spirit Mountain’s generosity, our children have tools tailored to the way they learn, teachers equipped to support them, and a sense of belonging in school that sets them on a path of pride and accomplishment,” said Scattarella. “Many of the students we serve have been ready to give up—on school and on themselves—and their perseverance and determination inspire me daily.”
The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is the philanthropic arm of The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, distributing $78,610,930 in grants to non-profit organizations in 11 counties, government agencies in Polk and Yamhill counties, and the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon.

Download the full release here. (PDF)

Join us for Pub Trivia

Join us for Pub Trivia

Who wrote the children’s book, Corduroy? In what year did the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) become law? Questions like these are on the menu at a free Pub Trivia event open to the public. Grab your team, and join us!

WHEN:      Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m. 

WHERE:   The Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum Street, Portland, 97211.

The 15-year-old Shadow Project, a leader in education equity, is hosting six rounds of Pub Trivia, with all rounds focused on education and literacy. Prizes will be awarded to the top players/teams.

A portion of proceeds from food and beverages will benefit Shadow, a Portland nonprofit that makes school more accessible and engaging for students with learning challenges like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism, so they can achieve their potential.

 

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Volunteer Audiobook Mentors Needed

Volunteer Audiobook Mentors Needed

Do you want to make a difference for children with learning challenges like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism? The Shadow Project is seeking volunteer audiobook mentors in Portland and McMinnville to empower students with reading struggles to get hooked on literacy and reach their potential. Shadow Project audiobook mentors meet one-on-one with elementary school students once a week, coaching them to use an online audio-visual book library designed specifically for children with learning challenges. Mentors guide children in finding books they love, setting goals, and reading at school and home. You’d make a great mentor for a child with learning challenges if you are able to:

*Commit to two hours a week, during school hours, October to May, for at least three months;

*Interact compassionately with children who are diverse learners, encouraging them to set reading goals, and celebrate their progress;

*Complete a background check.

Many children with learning challenges read one- to three-years below grade level and struggle with the printed word. Audio-visual books give kids with learning challenges a new way to read. They can see and hear the book, which builds their confidence and engagement in reading. Research has found that hearing a book while seeing it can boost comprehension. Paired with a caring mentor to encourage and reward their efforts, once-struggling students become motivated and more joyful readers, and their reading scores improve.

“I had a difficult time learning to read when I was younger,” said Joey Webber, Portland Timbers mascot, who is a Shadow audiobook mentor. “Having the opportunity to share that challenge and help these kids realize their potential is a very special experience. Setting goals with kids is so motivating.”

The Shadow Project partners with teachers at 38 primarily low-income schools to close the achievement gap for diverse students with learning disabilities, whose challenges are often impacted by race-based inequities. Shadow empowers them to be confident, engaged learners who thrive in school and life. For more information, call Alejandra Gurrola, 971-373-3457, or go to shadow-project.org/volunteer.

Shadow in the Oregon Cultural Trust Newsletter

Shadow in the Oregon Cultural Trust Newsletter

In the August edition of the Oregon Cultural Trust newsletter, they discuss their most recent round of grantmaking and feature a Shadow reading mentor.

Read the full newsletter here. (PDF)

Free Family Event on October 8

Free Family Event on October 8

Find out about unique classroom spaces that are teaching kids with learning challenges essential school and life skills, at a fun-filled family event hosted by The Shadow Project. We’ll also share audiovisual technology specifically designed for children with disabilities who struggle to read.

The free community event, Celebrating Courageous Kids, is on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum Street, Portland, 97211. This is an inclusive event, open to families with children of all ages.

The Shadow Project is a leader in providing tools and strategies to classrooms to boost student motivation, attendance, and reading scores. The free event also includes:

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meet Timber Joey, Portland Timbers Mascot and Shadow audiobook mentor

1 to 2:30 p.m.  
Read to Molly, the Therapy Dog

3 to 5 p.m.   
Children’s Story Time, with the Author of The Boy Who Learned Upside Down

7 to 9 p.m.
Pub Trivia focused on education, with prizes for the top teams!

Each child who attends the Oct. 8 event will take home a Family Reading Kit, which includes a water bottle, handheld fidget for stress relief and focus, and a book.

Proceeds from food, beverage, and raffle ticket sales will benefit students in The Shadow Project.

Can’t make the event? You can support our students by purchasing raffle tickets online and be entered to win tickets, food, wine, movie passes, and more! Tickets are $5 for one; $10 for 3; and $20 for 10.

Thank you to our event sponsors and contributors:

Gold
Learning Ally

Silver
Jubitz Corporation

Bronze
Commerce Bank

Contributors
aMYLK
Bob’s Red Mill
Guardian Games
Hollywood Theater
McMenamins
Oaks Park
OMSI
Oregon Zoo
Por Qué No
Portland Children’s Museum
Portland Pastimes
Portland Spirit
Portland Winterhawks
Starbucks
Wiggle Room
Willamette Valley Vineyards

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