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Off the Sideline Awards Grants to Oregon Nonprofits

We're pleased to announce that grants are approved for 10 nonprofits that support underserved Oregon youth as they participate in team sports and physical activities. After this one-time funding process is complete and money is distributed, Off the Sideline will dissolve as a nonprofit organization in late 2021. We encourage you to continue to support youth sports through these community partners. 

Self Enhancement Inc.
Self Enhancement Inc. is dedicated to guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential. Working with schools, families, and partner community organizations, SEI provides support, guidance, and opportunities to achieve personal and academic success. SEI will use their grant to provide scholarships for Portland-area underserved youth to participate in sports that in turn help keep them physically healthy and teaches them the fundamentals of teamwork, problem solving, skill building and healthy eating. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro’s mission is to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to discover their full potential as caring, engaged, responsible community members. BGCP will use its grant in support of The Open Gym Project, an initiative in response to the lack of gym accessibility for Black and Brown communities in Portland. The Open Gym Project will offer free and safe gym access to local sports programs. The grant will also be used to purchase critically-needed equipment to run those programs. With access to gym space and increasing the quality of local mentorship programs, BGCP is actively changing the physical and mental health of our youth.

HOLLA's mission is to change the narrative of youth of color through culturally responsive relationships.  The organization empowers students of color in Portland to break cycles of poverty through culturally focused mentorship. HOLLA will use its grant to expand its innovative, culturally specific, Campus Mentor Program. The program provides mentors who spend regular time on site at partner schools every week to offer a familiar, supportive presence for students and build relationships during the school day. Campus Mentors connect with students, staff, and families, serving as positive role models of color in the school community. 

Northwest Family Services
Northwest Family Services supports family stability, child well-being, and victims of crime by focusing on the social determinants of health. They deliver programs to underserved children of color from low-income families in English and Spanish in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, Marion and Polk counties. NWFS will use its grant to provide scholarships for participation in team sports and physical activity by Oregon youth, primarily focusing on grades 5-9. In addition to sports fees, support will be provided if there are additional barriers to students’ participation, such as lack of access to required sports equipment, safety gear, appropriate athletic shoes or clothing, or transportation. 
The Contingent (of behalf of Every Child Oregon)
Every Child Oregon is a grassroots movement that educates and equips communities across Oregon to wrap around children and families impacted by the foster care system. While the primary focus is to increase the number of certified foster homes, Every Child provides a robust menu of unique opportunities for community members to support children in foster care and the individuals who care for them. Through its My NeighbOR program, Every Child Oregon will provide scholarships to increase access to sports among children and youth in foster care, a historically underserved population group. They will maximize grant funds by offering scholarships to children and families seeking participation in community sports or physical activities. 

Every Child Central Oregon
Every Child Central Oregon provides love, care and support for vulnerable children and families in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties in partnership with Oregon's Department of Human Services and The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Funds will allow youth experiencing foster care in Central Oregon to participate in group sports, strengthening their physical and emotional well-being. They will focus on serving youth in grades five through nine as they pursue team sports and need financial assistance with registration fees, sports camp fees, and the equipment needed to play, as well as those pursuing individual sports such as gymnastics, swimming, and tennis. 

United Way of Southwestern Oregon (of behalf of Every Child Coos and Every Child Curry)
Every Child Coos and Every Child Curry provide love, care and support for vulnerable children and families in southwest Oregon in partnership with Oregon's Department of Human Services. Money received from Off the Sideline will help to ease the burden of sports program costs for foster parents. Funds will be used for swim lessons for youths in Curry County, and will provide scholarships for approximately 40 youth to participate in sports programs in Coos County. 

Building Healthy Families (of behalf of Every Child Northeast Oregon)
Every Child Northeast Oregon strengthens foster families through education and support programs, and helps create family environments that assure children's health, school readiness, success, and life skills. Funds will be used for sports participation fee scholarships, equipment required for team sports and personal sports equipment to help keep youth physically active while staying safe at home. 

Riverside Community Outreach
Riverside Community Outreach partners with the Oregon Department of Human Services to support vulnerable children in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties. Often families that support youth in foster care are unable to participate in sports due to financial barriers. In partnership with parks and recreation departments, grant money will be used to establish a fund used for sports fees, uniform costs and sports equipment for those youth.

Todos Juntos
Todos Juntos delivers school-based services through activities and programs designed to improve the lives of children and their families. This is accomplished by creating a web of support among schools, nonprofits agencies, members of the community, local businesses, and local government in Clackamas County. Funds will be used to provide materials, equipment and staff to create safe, structured and positive environments for youth in grades K-12.


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