Results

16,395

STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
RECEIVED SUPPORT IN 2018

544

families received
housing assistance

93%

students on track
to graduate

659

homeless families
received support

98%

high school
graduation rate

1,403

families received
energy assistance

81%

students go on to college
or post-secondary ed.

8,700

suppers served during
after-school programming


Impact

  • More than two-thirds of Self Enhancement’s participants improve their school attendance, grades and behavior.

  • The criminal referral rate for Multnomah County youth is 4.5% while the rate for African-American youth is 19.4% – Self Enhancement’s referral rate is just 3%.

  • The teenage pregnancy rate nationally among African-American girls is 3.5% – the pregnancy rate among Self Enhancement girls is less than 1%.

  • Reports of marijuana use are just 7% for Self Enhancement students compared to 14.4% for African-American youth in Oregon.

  • 81% of our students become Positive Contributing Citizens.

  • • Positive Contributing Citizen is defined as a student who has completed at least two years of post-secondary education or two years of successful workforce experience by age 21.

 

WHO WE SERVE

  • Students range in age from 6th grade-25+ years old.

  • More than 75% of students are from single-parent homes.

  • 78% of our students are low-income.

  • Self Enhancement’s student population is 85% African-American, 6% Hispanic, 4% Caucasian, 1% Asian, less than 1% Native American, and 3% mixed heritage.

  • 83% of Self Enhancement’s students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Keys to success

  • We start working with kids when they’re young.

  • We’re comprehensive and apply consistent standards.

  • We involve parents.

  • We build long-term relationships.

  • We give kids options for success.

  • We’re a grassroots organization with a culturally appropriate solution.

  • We’re an organization founded on respect and integrity.

Strategy

THE INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS PLAN (ISP)

Coordinators work with students to develop and implement an Individual Success Plan with personal, social, academic and career goals, and the strategies to meet them. Coordinators meet with each of their students once a month to check, discuss and document progress toward ISP goals and to strengthen one-on-one relationships.

STUDENT SELECTION

Referred by teachers and school counselors by the end of first grade, most Self Enhancement students come into the program with multiple barriers to success such as academic deficiencies, drug or gang activity, low or no family support, or limited English skills. We work in twenty-one K-12 schools to support youth in need.

CONTINUITY & CONSISTENCY

Students remain in the program from second grade until they complete college and/or enter a living wage job. Students participate in SEI’s in-school, after-school and summer academic, enrichment and employment preparation programs. The parents of Self Enhancement students are also involved and supported by Parent Coordinators and our Community + Family Programs department. Post High School Coordinators advise and support students to enter and graduate from college, find employment and develop a career.

SUCCESS THROUGH OPTIONS

What inspires a child to learn? We believe inspiration springs from some very simple fundamental beliefs: All children can learn; all children have a gift; all children can and will succeed. Turning these beliefs into a program that works requires four key elements that are absolutely essential for creating a successful youth program…

CONTINUUM OF SERVICE

We help kids navigate every phase of their development from grade 6 - to age 25+.

THE RELATIONSHIP MODEL

We build deep relationships with kids that are based on trust and mutual respect.

COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH

We work with kids wherever they are at risk – in school, at home and in the community.

CULTURE OF SUCCESS

We cultivate a positive environment, where success is clear and attainable.

REPORTS

ALL STATS ARE CURRENT AS OF SUMMER 2018