Greetings BEAM Village supporters:

The health and safety of our children is BEAM’s #1 priority. At this time, the Board and staff have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Black Student Success Summit after careful consideration and in accordance with the Oregon Health Authority guidance to Oregon Schools and Universities in response to COVID-19. We will follow up with information on when the event will be rescheduled later this year. Additionally, we are working with our Village Partners to provide students access to resources in the interim.

The BSSS is the largest gathering of Black and Black identified students, educators, employers and college recruiters in the state of Oregon. BSSS is where students come to receive information on education, career, and entrepreneurial opportunities. BEAM is committed to providing this safe space for students to engage with hundreds of other students and professionals who share their future aspirations and lived experiences.

As we consider alternative dates for the 2020 Black Student Success Summit, we welcome your feedback on providing an online experience for students to engage with educators, employers, college recruiters, and additional resources for success. Please email us with your suggestions.

Thank you so much for supporting the Black Student Success Summit and our future leaders.

Please contact our program manager Jo Denson with any questions. 

While BSSS is on hold, our work continues and is more important than ever. To support BEAM Village, please make a donation today. We're hosting the Black Baccalaureate Parade in July to celebrate the class of 2020 high school and college graduates. Your support will help make it a success.

The Black Baccalaureate

The Black Baccalaureate welcomes graduating Black students from post-secondary institutions, high schools, and alternative schools in the Portland Metro area. We also recognize students who earned their GED.

Thank you to our generous

2020 BSSS Sponsors

Freedom to Grow

BEAM Village is a collective of Black educational service providers united under the mission to break generational cycles of socioeconomic suppression for Black residents through community-driven educational support structures.

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We have a four-pronged approach for community engagement toward fulfillment of this mission:

  1. Community-wide public education programming for both Black youth and adults,
  2. Black culturally specific training and development for school districts and parent change agents,
  3. Intervention and family liaison services for Black students, and
  4. Policy and practice research and development.

This focus makes it possible for BEAM collaborators to impact social change for Black community members at individual, community, and societal scales. Our members work together toward transformational change by offer programming that fit the needs of the community.

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Learn more about the Black Student Success Summit, an annual program hosted by BEAM Village.

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