Self Enhancement Incorporated

Portland, OR

About Self Enhancement, Inc.

For nearly 40 years, Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) has been a change agent in the City of Portland, striving to meet the complex needs of youth and their families by helping them to overcome cultural, educational and economic barriers. SEI is the second largest minority-owned organization in the state of Oregon and serves over 16,500 youth and families annually. SEI’s mission is to guide underserved youth to realize their full potential. SEI works with schools, families, and partner community organizations to provide support, guidance, and opportunities to achieve personal and academic success. SEI brings hope to individual young people and enhances the quality of community life.

Self Enhancement, Inc. Inspires youth through a core set of fundamental beliefs. They believe all children can learn, all children have a gift, and all children can and will succeed. SEI has successfully turned these beliefs into a program that’s worked for almost 40 years.

Self Enhancement, Inc.’s goal is to cultivate youth into Positive Contributing Citizens. This means that work to assure students complete at least two years of post-secondary education or two years of successful workforce experience by age 21. 81% of SEI students successfully attain Positive Contributing Citizen status.

Self Enhancement, Inc. touches over 16,500 youth and families in our community through a cadre of services that address a variety of educational, financial, and social/emotional needs. They do this through a wide variety of trauma-informed services including: long-term case management, home visiting, supporting family stability through economic empowerment and housing first, energy assistance, domestic violence advocacy, early childhood and parent enhancement groups and classes, child welfare advocacy, resource referrals, and other wraparound support.

Self Enhancement, Inc. helps kids navigate every phase of their development from 6th grade through postsecondary education. They believe this sort of long-term commitment is what it takes to not only keep kids in school, but to inspire them to be the very best version of their amazing selves.

Self Enhancement, Inc.’s success can be attributed to wraparound supports that form a comprehensive safety net for the students and families they serve. They’re with youth during the day at school, after school, and during the summer. Plus they work directly with the parents and guardians of these youth. It’s a holistic approach that has worked for almost 40 years

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