Self Enhancement, Inc.


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.

Program Snapshot

  • 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.

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