The Blueprint Foundation
The Blueprint Foundations aims to eliminate the opportunity gap for Black youth within the Portland Metropolitan Area. This is accomplished by engaging youth in culturally specific experiences that introduce them to and prepare them for, family-sustaining careers in disciplines where black-identified individuals are currently underrepresented.
Bottom Line for Portland
The Blueprint Foundation supports community-building for youth by providing safe and culturally affirming spaces for them to connect, learn, and receive mentorship. Our collaborative work with partners centers and advances equity and inclusion to empower historically marginalized communities while diversifying the green workforce. During the 2021 academic year, 45 co-ed students of color citywide engaged in TBF’s STEM-based program activities, including stewardship (683 native plants and 336 trees planted), restoration (14 acres of land restored), skills building, and career exploration, additionally, 40% of participants completed internships in the green sector.
"The Blueprint Foundation is a stunning organization successfully creating culturally inclusive, safe access and green education to our youth, opening their senses of possibility, exploration, and responsible reciprocity with our natural world. It has changed our lives. This program and the team create brilliant, innovative, truly special opportunities that cannot be taken for granted. This never existed when I was a kid, and we're honored every day to get to be part of it. They're shaping our future for good."--Brittany Wade, guardian of Blueprint student
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Blueprint programming is intended to engage Black community members in nature-based activities that foster a realization that the environment is an extension of themselves – As much a part of their wellbeing as eating or breathing or meditating because it is. Reconnecting our people to the environment requires: (a) physically engaging them in culturally relevant activities that build neural associations with green spaces. (b) culturally responsive education about what they are seeing and experiencing, and (c) empowerment to take an active role in intersectional environmentalism. We partner with organizations that share our belief that access to culturally- nature-based activities and training fosters stewardship and conservation ethics in people.
First 5 donors to give $20-$50 will receive a $10 gift card to Birds & Bees Nursery!
First 4 donors to give $100+ will receive a $25 gift card to Deadstock Coffee
First 2 donors to give $200+ will receive a $50 gift card to Deadstock Coffee
First donor to give $300+ will receive a $100 gift card to Deadstock Coffee
*Any donations over $100 will enter you to win a Personal Stylist Experience including a 2-hour styling appointment and $100 shopping credit! Garnish designer Erica Lurie, or one of their other experienced stylists, will help you evolve your style and allow early access to their limited-edition pieces made right here in Portland.
*Any donations over $200 will enter you to win a Private Shopping Party which includes sipping wine and enjoying appetizers as designer Erica Lurie and her team of stylists select outfits for you and your friends at your own private gathering! As hostess you will enjoy a $100 store credit to use at your party!
This year we are grateful for the support of our business partners:
Colas Construction, Inc. - https://www.colasconstruction.com
Birds & Bees Nursery- https://birdsandbeespdx.com/
Deadstock Coffee - https://deadstockcoffee.com/
Garnish Apparel - https://garnishapparel.com/
Thank you for amplifying our mission and supporting our work throughout this year's Give!Guide campaign!