Pilot Partners


Self Enhancement, Inc. is a nonprofit organization helping at-risk urban youth realize their potential. In addition to 98% graduation rates, more than 85% of graduates continue on to pursue higher education or occupational training – many being the first in their families to do so. Amazing results, despite the fact that almost all the young people in our program are faced with significant social, academic and economic obstacles.


Multnomah County Library enriches lives by fostering diverse opportunities for all people to read, learn and connect. Multnomah County Library upholds the principles of intellectual freedom and the public’s right to know by providing people of all ages with access and guidance to information and collections that reflect all points of view.




The Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC), the official youth policy body for both Multnomah County and the City of Portland, is a group of young people, ages 13-21, that strives to provide a voice for youth in the County & City’s work.


Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections.

Program Affiliates

TechStart is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that promotes wider access to technology education for K-12 students in order to strengthen the skills they need to thrive in the global economy.

ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. We facilitate hands-on technology-centric events to empower, support and increase the confidence of women and girls.

Portland YouthBuilders helps young people make long term positive change. Their mission is to support young men and women who are committed to changing their lives to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the workforce and their community.

We are a regional collaboration of public and private organization with a shared goal of transforming science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for K-12 students. We’re working together to transform STEM education in Oregon.

Community Partnerships

Free Arts NW provides arts experiences that empower underserved youth to find their creativity, passion and voice. Through arts education, collaborative projects, and ongoing mentorship, Free Arts NW cultivates individual artistic exploration while strengthening youth participants’ connections to their community.


Games for Change PDX hosts meet ups and organize events to support innovative collaborations throughout the Pacific NW. We are an open group dedicated to social impact through game development, education and community building.


The Portland Indie Game Squad is a game development and enthusiast community located in Portland, OR, dedicated to providing the area with game related events, networking opportunities, resources, and fun!

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Free Geek’s mission is to recycle technology and provide access to computers, the Internet, education, and job skills in exchange for community service. Free Geek generously granted computers to Pixel Arts to support our open source software.

The GDA empowers students by identifying the skills and roles involved with game design and by applying them through the design process. Our games target skillsets and subjects that are applicable to productive and educated creators.  The Academy uses roles common in real-world production to direct and assist in our students’ identification with the collaborative process.


Community Collaborators

We are actively exploring alignments to support new pilots, grow resources for wider initiatives and co-develop innovative programs in youth development and social justice through community collaboration.

Thinkersmith LogoThinkersmith’s mission is to introduce all ages, races and genders to the fun, passionate and creative side of computer science and computational thinking. We strive to provide a positive, low-stress, and energetic environment where any student can safely explore their high-tech curiosities. Through these ideals, we aim specifically to increase equity in the computer sciences as we work to attract and retain girls, women and other non-traditional computer science students.


The Rosewood Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making the Rosewood area a desirable place to live, work and play. We partner with residents, apartment managers and owners, businesses, churches, social services agencies, neighborhood associations, and public safety agencies to create space for the community to come together to meet their common goals.

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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a scientific, educational, and cultural resource center dedicated to improving the public’s understanding of science and technology. OMSI makes science exciting and relevant through exhibits, programs, and experiences that are presented in an entertaining and participatory fashion.


The mission of Home Forward is to assure that the people of the community are sheltered. Home Forward has a special responsibility to those who encounter barriers to housing because of income, disability or special need. Home Forward will continue to promote, operate and develop affordable housing that engenders stability, self-sufficiency, self-respect and pride in its residents and represents a long-term community asset. Home Forward will be a community leader to create public commitment, policy and funding to preserve and develop affordable housing.



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