From the Community

November 22, 2013

To Whom It May Concern,

As Director of Training and Systems Improvement at Portland State University Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services, I have been asked to write letters of support for a number of organizations over the years. However, I rarely have the opportunity to write a letter of support for an organization I respect and value as much as The Shadow Project.

I’m sharing this brief note to express my sincere appreciation of The Shadow Project’s active involvement and leadership in a number of trans formative initiatives in Multnomah County, OR. More specifically, is the critical role The Shadow Project played on the Multnomah County based Cradle to Career project focused on education, equity & excellence from birth to adulthood. In an effort to support students in the region succeed, four Collaboratives were established under the Cradle to Career umbrella, one of which was the Communities Supporting Youth Collaborative. PSU and SUN Services of Multnomah County served as Co-Convener for the Communities Supporting Youth Collaborative.

As the PSU convening partner representative, I was fortunate to have worked closely with The Shadow Project. Representatives from the Shadow Project brought insight, expertise and leadership to the group and served as a strong voice to ensure the needs of special education students were woven into the various strategies and action plans. I was continuously impressed by how Shadow Project staff approached the work, always maintaining the child and family as central to all work proposed.

Work generated out of the Collaboratives was completed by volunteers and/or community members. Quite often Shadow Project Staff would graciously offer to take on challenging and complex tasks with little support from others. The caliber of work, leadership and professionalism far exceeded expectations.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to have worked with a number of organizations at the local, regional, state and federal level representing a wide range of disciplines. I have found my experience collaborating with The Shadow Project as one of the most productive, enjoyable and fulfilling to date.


William Baney
Director of Training and Systems Improvement
Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services
Portland State University