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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Human Services, Personal Social Services, Youth Development

Mission: Self Enhancement, Inc. is dedicated to guiding underserved youth to realize their potential. Working with schools, families, and community organizations, SEI provides opportunities for personal and academic success, bringing hope to individual young people and enhancing the quality of community life. In 2006, there were over 2300 children enrolled in SEI's programs that help inner-city students overcome barriers to success and close the achievement gap. SEI works with students from age 8 to 25 in eleven Portland Public Schools, in after school and summer programs, in its own charter middle school, and in entering and succeeding college. SEI involves parents in supporting their children's education and partners with over 60 community organizations to provide options and exposure.Recognized by the prestigious Edna McConnell Clark Foundation as one of the most effective youth development organizations in the nation, SEI helps instill in thousands of North and Northeast Portland youth a sense of pride, integrity, creativity, and options. Over two-thirds of SEI participants improve school attendance, grades and behavior. An average of 98% of SEI's high school freshmen graduate four years later and 85% of those go on to college,often the first in their family to do so.SEI's motto is LIFE HAS OPTIONS.

Results: 98% of SEI students graduate from HS 85% of SEI students pursue higher education 100% of SEI Parents complete Parent Skill Building Classes SEI serves 7,500 youth and families

Target demographics: Underserved youth and families

Geographic areas served: Northeast and North Portland, East County Portland

Programs: Community and Family After School In-School Summer Post Secondary (Post High School) SEI Charter School (The Academy) Sports Program The Arts Program Counseling Program

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Angelina R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since my daughter started the sixth grade at SEI academy she has become a straight A student, and I am in awe of her new commitment to be all she can be. She has found acceptance and self worth at the academy and is anxious not to miss a day at school and she doesn't want to be late. She loves the experience and fits in surrounded by peers like herself! Thank you SEI for helping my daughter be all she can be!!! Sincelely, Angelina, Proud Parent of sixth grade daughter at the academy...

Client Served

Rating: 5

Im extremely grateful for the assistance i recieved today, wonderful staff!! Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son enjoys the playgroup enjoys the other kids. The group has a lot of services they provide. i would recommend this playgroup to others parents and children to interact with on another in a good place.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This program has helped my kids and me a lot especially since my kids are really shy, and lately they've opened up and have interacted with the other kids. The people who are doing this make you feel welcomed and very comfortable. Everyday the staff will approach me and share their love and care for me and my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great program that has helped me learn how to bond through play with my children. They have a lot of fun here and it is a great learning environment. It is a great way for them to get out and meet new kids their age and for me to meet new parents that I can grow a bond with. Thank you for being awesome.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a part of the PCDS program and have been helped through my wonderful parent educator, Maria Mendoza, beyond my wildest dreams. She has gone above and beyond to help my family thrive. I can say with certainty that my family would not be where it's at now if it were not for SEI.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for all the staff at SEI and their dedication to our children. My grandchildren (3) and my stepdaughter have received services from SEI and attended summer programs and inschool program for the last 10 years. My friends children have also benefitied from the services offered at SEI. May God continue to bless you all and your mission to help our children. Barnia Linn Moody-barnialinnmoody@yahoo.com

Client Served

Rating: 5

The summer program provides and postive safe place to be.

Suntrice M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a child that is in SEI. I had to go into the hospital for emergency surgery and i had only received 60 percen tof my earnings from my job at this time I needed help with my rent SEI stepped in and helped me out. This organization is so amazing, not only do they help the childern in the community but they help their families. I am so blessed to have this organization in my corner, not just for a mentor for my child , but as a liasion to the childern in the community. it takes a village to raise a child and that is what SEI is doing helping the community raise our childern of the future.