The mission of ELSO Inc. is to teach and frame STEAM and nature-based education through a lens that centers and elevates the stories, ways of knowing individual needs, and lived experiences of Black and Brown communities.
Bottom Line for Portland
ELSO inc. is cultivating generations of Black and Brown innovators and problem seekers for community and global impact. Your gift to ELSO Inc. is critical to the success of our youth empowerment programs: Wayfinders Day Camps, Tappin' Roots Nature Educators Internship, and our Youth Design Program.
“My daughter often expresses that she would like more friends that are People of Color/Black since she is one the only Black children in her grade at school. She also loves science and says ELSO is the best camp she has ever attended. She loved all the trips and things she was able to learn as well as the feeling of community that the camp created for her. I’m thankful to ELSO for giving my child a great experience and making her summer that much better.” - Wayfinders Parent
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As a Black-led/founded organization, Justice-Equity-Diversity-Inclusion (JEDI) is inextricably linked to all aspects of ELSO’s mission, vision, and program activities. Our infrastructure is interwoven with racial equity, providing authentic opportunities for Black and Brown communities to determine their own needs, identifying assets and barriers, and creating true leadership roles and decision-making power within the organization at all levels.
The first 25 donors to give to ELSO Inc. will be entered to win 4 tickets to OMSI: MARVEL: Universe of Superheroes exhibition.