The Blueprint Foundation aims to eliminate the opportunity gap for Black-identified youth within the Portland metropolitan area by engaging youth in culturally specific experiences that introduce and prepare them for sustaining careers in green-sector disciplines where BIPOC 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.
“I moved to Portland hoping to find meaningful youth outreach to be part of, and connecting with The Blueprint Foundation has been tremendously rewarding! Joining a dedicated team of caring and consistent BIPOC mentors and leadership that prioritize building relationships and empowering diverse youth is heartwarming. TBF is a strong holistic support-building entity that makes a huge difference for kids living in a society bombarding them with challenges. During our service activities related to STEAM and environmental responsibility, I see the students grow valuable assets. With Blueprint, they are increasing confidence, problem-solving and positive interactions with our diverse community while acquiring skills to prepare them for careers and life.” —Gabrielle Liwaru, Blueprint mentor