Step Up Student Writes About Her Experience at Camp

Step Up – Franklin High School Student, My, wrote about her experience at Step Up camp in a recent school assignment. Her story captures what is so special and intentional about our 5-day leadership camp experience. Thank you to My for sharing her insight and experience! I didn’t have hope […]

Open School East Middle School Program Director Wins Skidmore Prize!

The Skidmore prize is awarded annually to 4 nonprofit leaders under 35 who are making a huge impact on their city. As Open School East Middle School Program Director, Nawwal works tirelessly to make sure every student is met with compassion and consistency. With her special blend of humor, vulnerability […]

Carrying the Movement Forward: Alexis Atwood

Portland State University recently spotlighted Alexis Atwood, who worked as Step Up – Roosevelt’s Lead Advocate, and is now pursuing graduate school. “Most students are lucky to receive one scholarship, but [Alexis Atwood] has earned four of them”, says PSU College of Education. This Fall, Alexis is entering PSU’s Secondary […]

Open School Takes a Hands On Approach to Healthy Eating

This year, Cesar Felix, Open School’s P.E. and Health Teacher/Advocate, is focusing on lifelong health – including mental health, nutrition, and fitness. Students in both Middle and High School have one day of mindfulness meditation class per week. They explore the factors that affect their mental health and create goals […]

Open School + Good Coffee = A Perfect Blend

You can start your morning by creating new opportunities for amazing students!  We are proud to announce that our friends at Good Coffee partnered with students to create a socially-conscious coffee blend. In a special experiential field trip, Sam and Nick Purvis worked with Open School East students to learn […]

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Yoli is Making Dreams a Reality

We love to see our students shining out in the community! Yoli, who graduated from Franklin High School this May with support from the Step Up program, now owns her own food cart, Mestizaje. Her Step Up family, who walked alongside Yoli during her high school journey, is proud to […]

Open School Counselor Featured In Gillette’s #TheBestMenCanBe Campaign

  As part of Gillette‘s #TheBestMenCanBe campaign, they highlighted men in our community that embody new models of masculinity. Open School East’s Counseling Manager shared his wisdom with the campaign in a series of short videos shared on social media. In this video and every day, Ethan demonstrates Open School’s unique approach […]