Self Enhancement, Inc.

At a Glance

National Office: 
3920 North Kerby Avenue
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: 503-249-1721

Tony L. Hopson
People Served: 
10,000
Year Founded: 
1981
Tax ID: 
93-1086629

Focus area(s):

College Access
After-School & Out-of-School
Personal & Leadership Development

Description

Self Enhancement, Inc. is a nationally recognized multi-service youth development organization that provides minority youth and their families in Portland, OR with the support they need to graduate high school, enter college, and achieve career success. Self Enhancement takes a multi-service approach by offering underserved youth positive programming options in school, after-school, and community settings.  Core goals are to reverse declining high school graduation rates and to create a generation of positive contributing citizens. 

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    Self Enhancement began as a small, grass-roots movement to provide positive options for African American children and teens plagued by gang violence, poverty and a public school system that was leaving them behind. Today, it serves 7,500 young people and their families and is one of Portland's foremost providers of education, health and human services. 
     

    Self Enhancement's success is demonstrated by its outcomes.SSelf Enhancement, Inc. is closing the achievement gap, reversing declining high school graduation rates and creating a generation of positive contributing citizens. It is a nationally-recognized multi-service youth development organization in Portland, Oregon that provides urban minority youth and their families with the opportunities, resources and support they need to achieve academic, personal and economic success.

 
Self Enhancement began as a small, grass-roots movement to provide positive options for African American children and teens plagued by gang violence, poverty and a public school system that was leaving them behind. Today, it serves 7,500 young people and their families and is one of Portland's foremost providers of education, health and human services. 
 
Self Enhancement's success is demonstrated by its outcomes.
Self Enhancement, Inc. is closing the achievement gap, reversing declining high school graduation rates and creating a generation of positive contributing citizens. It is a nationally-recognized multi-service youth development organization in Portland, Oregon that provides urban minority youth and their families with the opportunities, resources and support they need to achieve academic, personal and economic success.
 
Self Enhancement began as a small, grass-roots movement to provide positive options for African American children and teens plagued by gang violence, poverty and a public school system that was leaving them behind. Today, it serves 7,500 young people and their families and is one of Portland's foremost providers of education, health and human services. 
 
Self Enhancement's success is demonstrated by its outcomes.

Impact and Outcomes

98% of students who participate in a Self Enhancement program graduate from high school in four years.
85% of high school graduates served by Self Enhancement enroll in secondary education.
92% of middle school students in a Self Enhancement program successfully transition to high school.
82% of elementary, middle and high school students participating in Self Enhancement have a 90% attendance rate.
81% of families have seen improvements in overall family functioning.
SEI's benefit to program participants and society as a whole are 9.1 times program costs.

Mission & Goals

Self Enhancement's mission is to guide underserved youth to realize their full potential. Working with families, schools and other community-based organizations, Self Enhancement provides urban minority youth and their families with the opportunities, resources and support they need to achieve academic, personal and economic success.

Self Enhancement’s goal is to address the complex needs of children and families with:

  • A continuum of service: SEI will work with young people from cradle-to-career.
  • A comprehensive approach: SEI will work with young people wherever they are most at-risk - home, school or in the community.
  • A culture of success: SEI will cultivate a positive learning environment where success is clear and attainable.
  • A relationship model: SEI will ensure that every young person has a strong and deep relationship with a caring adult.

Program

Youth Potential Realized

Youth Potential Realized is Self Enhancement's core program. It provides young people, ages 8 to 25, with a continuum of comprehensive in-school, after-school, and summer-school programs that focus on academic and personal success and enrichment. In 2011-12, Youth Potential Realized will provide 1,300 students with:

  • Academic support, including tutoring, skill-building workshops, and school performance monitoring.
  • Wrap-around services, including 24/7 case management, parent engagement, and mentoring.
  • College access, including test preparation, admissions and financial aid workshops, and college fairs and tours.
  • Career exposure and readiness, including job shadows, internships and employment.
  • Extended learning opportunities, including performing arts, health & wellness, community services, and field trips.
  • Sports and recreation, including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and volleyball.

 

Youth Potential Realized is offered in ten Portland Public Schools, including the SEI Academy.

SEI Academy

The SEI Academy is a public charter school for grades six through eight. It serves approximately 120 students per year and was formed in response to research that clearly identified middle school success as key predictor for high school success. The SEI Academy is committed to turning around the academic outcomes of middle school children, especially for low-income children of color. 

Community and Family Programs

Self Enhancement is the Anti-Poverty Center for Inner North and Northeast Portland.  Each year people receive extensive community supports, such as energy and housing assistance, domestic violence education and intervention, parenting classes, and foster care placement and monitoring. 

Impact

SELF ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Self Enhancement’s programs have been proven to provide young people and their families with the support they need to achieve academic and personal success. Outcomes include:

  • 98% of students graduate from high school in four years.
  • 85% of high school graduates enroll in secondary education.
  • 92% of middle school students successfully transition to high school.
  • 82% of elementary, middle and high school students have a 90% attendance rate.
  • 89% of elementary, middle and high school students participate in after-school programming.
  • 81% of families have seen improvements in overall family functioning.

 

OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER REPLICATION OUTCOMES

"If the model can work there in Portland, and it can work here, it can work anywhere else." - Alonzo Mourning

Self Enhancement undertook a replication project with the Overtown Youth Center and Alonzo Mourning Charities in 2007, and continues to provide consulting services to the Overtown Youth Center in Miami, Florida, where it replicated its core program model. The results are very positive. The program achieved 85% fidelity and the following outcomes:

  • 97% of students achieved on-time promotion.
  • 96% improved or maintained their conduct grades.
  • 95% had attendance rates of 85% or above.
  • All high school seniors graduated. 

 

EVALUATION 

Self Enhancement's Efforts to Outcomes (ETO™) software enables staff to track the outcomes and progress of a student or family over time, as well as allowing for real-time intervention at the participant and programmatic levels. In addition, Portland Public Schools (PPS) provides SEI with extensive academic and demographic data, which helps to identify disparities or trends. SEI’s director of operations works closely with PPS to ensure that both internal and external data sets are accurate and handled with the utmost care. To assess its progress toward the outcomes listed above, it tracks a series of indicators, including students' grade point averages, attendance rate and disciplinary incidents.

SEI also retains outside evaluators to conduct independent and specialized studies as needed. For example, SEI is currently in contract with Public/Private Ventures to lead a quasi-experimental evaluation of SEI’s core program.

Growth Plan

Self Enhancement currently finds itself with significant opportunities for expansion, the magnitude and scope of which are unparalleled in the organization’s 30-year history.  

Primary Opportunity: Whole School Model

Self Enhancement's core program currently serves a subset of low-income and minority students in six K-8, one middle and three Portland Public High schools. These students are identified by the school district as being most at-risk for academic failure. Having demonstrated its impact with these students, Self Enhancement has launched an expansion project called the Whole School Model.

The Whole School Model is one where all students in a school, not just a select few, will have access to Self Enhancement's continuum of comprehensive in-school, after-school and summer-school programs. With the Whole School Model, SEI will also broaden and deepen its reach, resulting in school-wide impact. 

The Whole School Model is being piloted, in partnership with Portland Public Schools, at one K-8 and one high school. It will also be part of the district's Academic Priority Zone strategy, which provides school leadership, teacher training and wrap-around services to Portland’s most challenged schools in an effort to turn them around.

The Whole School Model will not only increase Self Enhancement’s impact by adding to the number of kids served, but its partnership with Portland Public Schools will give Self Enhancement the chance to:

  1. Increase demonstrated impact by concentrating service within specific schools and showcasing results across up to five schools with more than 2,000 students as part of the Academic Priority Zone strategy.
  2. Realize the culmination of its efforts with the district and build a public-private model for school and youth success with national-level implications.
  3. Build stronger relationships with district leaders as a key partner in turning around the most challenged schools.
  4. Solidify a funding relationship that could prove the biggest opportunity for securing sustainable funding for Self Enhancement's core program.

Secondary Opportunity: Growth in Miami or other locality. 

This replication option is secondary due to the immediacy and scale of the opportunity in Portland.  However, Self Enhancement has acquired significant knowledge through its replication with Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Overtown Youth Center, and it will consider new opportunities in low-income, high-risk urban areas. Such opportunities will allow Self Enhancement to showcase its services beyond Portland and prove that its program works across different communities.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
3920 North Kerby Avenue
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: 503-249-1721
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$315,000
Foundation Grants: 
$2,147,500
Government Funding: 
$5,226,884
Contributions from Individuals: 
$674,000
Special Events: 
$1,650,000
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$289,000
Other Revenue: 
$828,323
Other Revenue (Description): 
Endowment fund support = $828,323
Total Revenue: 
$11,130,707

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$8,541,044
Occupancy: 
$419,481
Travel & Entertainment: 
$145,895
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$156,374
Telephone & Communications: 
$92,419
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,125,584
Other Expenses (Description): 

Program activities & supplies, client assistance & support, depreciation, employee recruitment, development & retention, insurance, other. 

Total Expenses: 
$11,480,797

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$-350,090

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2012

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$335,682
Foundation Grants: 
$2,385,197
Government Funding: 
$5,294,476
Contributions from Individuals: 
$1,893,895
Program Services Fees: 
$15,087
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$38,253
Other Revenue: 
$894,626
Other Revenue (Description): 
Endowment income
Special Events: 
$1,400,918
Total Revenue: 
$12,258,134

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$9,470,057
Occupancy: 
$402,337
Travel & Entertainment: 
$81,784
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$88,858
Telephone & Communication: 
$77,361
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,668,361
Other Expenses (Description): 

Program activities & support, client assistance & support, employee recruitment, development & retention, insurance, depreciation, other. 

Total Expenses: 
$12,788,758

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$-530,624

Major Funders

Regional and National Foundations

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • IFC Foundation
  • So Hum Foundation
  • TK Foundation
  • William S. Gilmore Foundation

Local Foundations

  • The Collins Foundation
  • Hedinger Family Foundation
  • Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund
  • Meyer Memorial Trust
  • James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
  • M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust
  • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Corporations

  • Legacy Health System
  • Nike, Inc.
  • Providence Health Systems
  • R.B. Pamplin Corporation
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • U.S. Bank

Government:

  • City of Portland
  • Home Forward (formerly Housing Authority of Portland)
  • Multnomah County Office of School and Community Partnerships
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Oregon Department of Justice
  • Portland Children’s Levy 

In addition, the construction of the Center for Self Enhancement, a place of refuge, safety, inspiration and success, would not have been possible without comprehensive community support and lead gifts from donors such as US Bank, Duncan and Cindy Campbell, Sue Cooley, Jack and Lynn Loacker, The Morgan Family Foundation, and Bill and Helen Jo Whitsell, among many, many others. 

Finally, Self Enhancement would like to acknowledge those donors who have supported our organization's future with major gifts to our endowment, including Sue Cooley, Phil Knight (Nike Co-Founder), and Ellison Morgan, among many others.