Portland Empowered champions student and parent voice with a specific focus on engaging those who have historically been under-represented.  We reduce barriers and create opportunities for emerging youth and adult leaders so that youth in Portland public schools are successful in school and beyond.  


Portland Empowered is made up of students, parents, alumni, teachers, administrators, and community members who organize to ensure that student and family voice is authentically incorporated into decision making in Portland's public high schools.

We want to make sure schools reflect what and how students need and want to learn to thrive in a changing world. We want families to be recognized as true partners in students’ education. Learn more about our Parent Engagement Partners and Youth Engagement Partners. 

Recognizing the Diversity of our Community as an Asset

Parents and community members are critical partners in the education of students in our community. We believe that the diversity of our community – racial, socioeconomic, cultural, religious, linguistic – supports the mission of Portland Public Schools to ensure a challenging, relevant and joyful education that empowers every learner to make a difference in the world. 

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