SEI started in 1981 as a one-week summer basketball camp for African American teens in an inner-city neighborhood buffeted by entrenched poverty and increasing gang-related violence. Thirty-four years later, SEI is Oregon’s largest African American-led nonprofit organization, providing a youth development model that is nationally recognized for its success in improving outcomes for African American and other underserved children and youth ages 8-25. SEI opened the Center for Self Enhancement in 1997 to serve as a safe haven for students and as a neighborhood service delivery hub; the center also houses a grades 6-8 public charter school established in 2004. SEI provides comprehensive, culturally responsive education and wraparound support services that benefit approximately 10,000 students, families and individuals each year. SEI’s continuum of services follows students across key transitions, from elementary school through college/career entry. SEI works to improve student achievement and build developmental assets across multiple environments: in school, after school, in the summer, at home (with parents/families), and following high school graduation.