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SEI Academy is the only school in Oregon to be chosen as a 2014 Finalist for the National Excellence in Urban Education Award presented by the National Center for Urban School Transformation. – May 2014




“Self-Enhancement Inc.–which employs  coordinators to oversee 30 high-risk students each, in 12 public schools takes pride in a 98 percent high-school graduation rate for the students it works with.” – November 2013


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“SEI is one of two Portland nonprofits selected to participate in the Alliance’s GradNation campaign to increase the national on-time graduation rate to 90% by 2020,” –February 2013



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“97 percent of the group’s students graduated from high school. Each student has an “Individual Success Plan,” after-school programming, and a supervisor who is always on call.”  – February 2013




Zaff envisions an “army of magicians,” people who adopt the philosophy of mentors at places like UTEC or Self-Enhancement, Inc. in Portland, Oregon, where they’re in the habit of saying, “I put my last name on that young person. They’re now family.” – May 2014




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In October 2013, Tony Hopson Sr. delivered the keynote at Oregon Business’ 100 Best Nonprofits event.
October 2013