Vision & Mission:

To interrupt the generational cycles of struggle for educational attainment and socioeconomic success for Black youth and adults in Oregon.

We accomplish this by offering individuals and group training’s, workshops, classes and seminars focused on positive identity development, high academic standard and professionals who are trained in the common core development.

Our flagship event is the Black Student Success Summit

Our inaugural gathering at Portland Community College in 2014 assembled more than 200 Black students, community professionals and educators.

By March 2015, the summit outgrew its location and collaborated with Portland State University to assemble 300 participants.

This past year we had close to 500 black youth from around the region join us at Portland State University.

Our 2017 aspiration is to expand our capacity to serve over 600 young people by integrating more career and technical industries to build passageways to success. We are also increasing our student participation by reaching out to institutions outside the Portland region to include the Mid- and South Willamette Valley, and the state of Washington.

2016 BSSS Photo Gallery


Learn more about the Black Student Success Summit, our Middle Passage to Education, our team, or opportunities to partner with us in this important work.