The Blueprint Foundation aims to eliminate the opportunity gap for Black youth within the Portland metropolitan area by engaging youth in culturally specific experiences that introduce and prepare them for sustaining careers in disciplines where Black-identified individuals are currently underrepresented.
Bottom Line for Portland
Portland is recognized as a bastion for environmentally-minded persons, but there remains an underrepresentation of Black Portlanders who are active in efforts to develop built environments that beautify the city while minimizing human impact on watershed health. We are at a point in the environmental crisis when a concerted effort is needed. Our project-based approach to workforce development enlists Black residents to improve water quality, green neighborhoods, and decrease energy costs for low-income homeowners.
“My children have been in Blueprint for three years. When my son started, he was very shy and uncomfortable with people. Through his exposure and experiences with peers, mentors and others in the community, he has grown into a very mature and fearless leader. I’m so proud of him and this growth which spills into other areas of his life. I can’t thank Blueprint enough for transforming my boy into a young man!” —Vanessa White, mother of two Blueprint students