Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) serves primarily African-American youth, and their families with inschool, afterschool, parent involvement, summer, post-secondary, and community and family pro- grams in Portland, OR and has been replicated in Miami, FL. Nationally recognized for providing a culturally specific comprehensive approach to youth development, SEI provides urban minority youth and their families with the opportunities, resources and support they need to achieve academic, personal and economic success.
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- Serves approximately 7,500 youth and families per year in Portland. SEI regularly has a graduation rate of 98% and 85% of students go to on to achieve “Positive Contributing Citizen” status.
- 87% of SEI students qualify for free or reduced lunch; 73% are from single parent households; 36% are gang affected; 30% have a parent or sibling incarcerated. Nationally recognized:[loggedin]
- Received the 69th Point of Light Award from President George H.W. Bush, which recognizes organizations that find innovative ways to meet community needs.
- In 2002, SEI replicates model at the Overtown Youth Center in Miami FL, in partnership with the Alonzo Mourning Family Foundation.
- In 2007, was endorsed by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation as one of the premier youth development organizations in the nation.
- In 2012, was named to the Social Impact Exchange S&I 100 Index, which aggregates and tracks top performing US non- profit organizations with proof of results and high potential for expansion.
- In 2013 SEI’s Charter Middle school was named as a “Model” school by the Oregon Department of Education, managed a Level 5 designation even though it was ranked in Level 3 for its overall scores. About 86% of the charter’s student body is classified as lower-income, and it scored at Level 5 on performance growth.