Outside the Frame trains homeless and marginalized youth to be the directors of their own films and lives. Our film program provides job training, a creative outlet, an audience, and a sense of dignity and possibility.
Bottom Line for Portland
Outside the Frame shows that homeless youth are not a liability to society, but a critical asset to the community. In the past year, we trained 75 youth who, in turn, produced 20 films, led 40 community screenings, taught at Portland Public Schools and made work for the Portland Art Museum, while moving out of homelessness.
“Opportunities can come our way precisely when we need them. For me, this was Outside the Frame. They gave me a voice I didn’t know I had, which has been my life’s greatest blessing. It’s not just about making movies, it’s about breaking silence.”
—Joey, alum and peer mentor