Vision in Action

Passion Impact students are self-affirmed community members who pursue their passions to achieve a healthier world.

Students

Student are constantly front and center with everything we do. From programs, to staff hiring, to the defining of our cultural fabric, students are in the drivers' seat.

Partnerships

Reciprocal relationships are crucial to supporting students' and each of their communities. We strive to build long-term relationships that enable more meaningful impact.

Internal Structure

We strive to represent the students we support internally. Board, staff, and students are encouraged to constantly sharpen our DEI lens to better understand and empathize with one other's vision of a healthier world.

Community Feedback

As a community connector, we aspire to understand and support students in achieving their visions. This requires feedback from all teachers, parents, partners, and students themelves.

How to Get Involved

Students

High School and College students are trained to run the programs that impact the community. Find out more!

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Committees

Project based collaborative committees support PI internally. Find out if you're a good fit for one!

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Donate

Thank you for supporting PI with a monthly donation, one-time gift, with supplies, or all the above!

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Passion For Passion Impact

"We did a lot of self reflection in the [Summer Internship] workshops. We talked a lot about social issues and social topics and took turns listening to what each of us had to say. Some of the conversations could be uncomfortable because they are topics we aren't used to talking about. I think it was a really good opportunity to grow and to listen and hear other people's perspectives without trying to argue with them. And to see what you can understand from them through their point of view."

Christina Ou
Summer Intern and VEP Leader at Franklin High School

"Gaining online leadership skills and being able to work with a group of people and create something without the supervision of an adult, a parent, or teacher guiding you through the whole process. It feels really accomplishing to have a useable end goal from something that you and three other people alone made. It's the best feeling ever and it's super fun!"

Calder Nakell
VEP Student at Franklin High School

"One of the things that I was really shocked by in coming into VEP was just how strong of a community you can build so quickly. I didn't feel out of place or unwelcome. It was just a nice thing to come into. Having that type of environment around you while also working and growing skills that are really useful for my future has been something that's really awesome to me!"

Anabelle Jukkala
Current VEP Member and Franklin High School student

"We did a lot of self reflection in the [Summer Internship] workshops. We talked a lot about social issues and social topics and took turns listening to what each of us had to say. Some of the conversations could be uncomfortable because they are topics we aren't used to talking about. I think it was a really good opportunity to grow and to listen and hear other people's perspectives without trying to argue with them. And to see what you can understand from them through their point of view."

Christina Ou
Summer Intern and VEP Leader at Franklin High School

"Gaining online leadership skills and being able to work with a group of people and create something without the supervision of an adult, a parent, or teacher guiding you through the whole process. It feels really accomplishing to have a useable end goal from something that you and three other people alone made. It's the best feeling ever and it's super fun!"

Calder Nakell
VEP Student at Franklin High School

"One of the things that I was really shocked by in coming into VEP was just how strong of a community you can build so quickly. I didn't feel out of place or unwelcome. It was just a nice thing to come into. Having that type of environment around you while also working and growing skills that are really useful for my future has been something that's really awesome to me!"

Anabelle Jukkala
Current VEP Member and Franklin High School student

Our Team

We love learning from one another, engaging in difficult discussions, and empowering each other to grow from uncomfortably. Meet the people who support students behind the scenes!

Adrianna Davis (she/her/hers)
High School Program Manager

Hello! My name is Adrianna (I use sher/her pronouns) and I am the High School Program Manager here at Passion Impact. I’m really excited to be working with Passion Impact and the students at both Franklin & Madison High School. I grew up in Portland and graduated high school from Reynolds. I went to Oregon State University (go beavs!) where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and Sociology. While in college I found a passion in social justice advocacy while working at the Cultural Resource Centers on campus. Some other little facts about me, I love to travel and am always listening to music. If you ever see me walking out and about, I’ll most likely have my headphones in bopping around to some music.

Davida McCauley
College Program Coordinator

My name is Davida McCauley, pronounced (Duh-vee-duh) and I use she/her pronouns. I am the College Program Coordinator and a former ACE. I am really excited to invest in the ACE program and build relationships with high school, PCC and PSU students this school year. I am set to receive my associates degree this term and am enrolled at PSU in the fall to complete my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Black Studies. My passion is in Social Justice, specifically Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace and I am a part of the PI DEI Committee and the Cultural Audit Lead. In my personal time, I enjoy hanging out with my partner and dog, hiking and backpacking as well as trying out new restaurants in Portland (yes, I take photos of my food), highlighting local businesses on social media and building relationships with local business owners.

Kayley Blethen
High School Program Assistant

Hi friends! My name is Kayley (she/her/hers) and I am the High School Program Assistant. I’m thrilled to be working at Passion Impact in order to help students develop, grow, and strengthen their civic engagement skills. I grew up in Albany, OR but moved to Portland in order to enhance my cultural competency and advance my education while attending Portland State University. I graduated from PSU with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Child, Youth, & Family Studies. With that degree, I intend to make a lasting, positive impact on my community. Part of the vision at Passion Impact is to support students in pursuing their passions to achieve a healthier world; I personally define a healthier world as a world that fosters empathy, equitability, mental/physical well-being, diversity, and inclusion. A little more about me: I have a black cat named Squid, I enjoy listening to rock and alternative rock music (Queen, Cage the Elephant, The Strokes, etc.), and I love outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.

Our Board

Committees

Board Of Directors

Our Board of Directors is devoted to fostering our mission through inclusiveness, capacity support, and student focus. If you are interested to see if you are a good fit for our Board of Directors, learn more here. Click to learn more about each Board Member.

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