Partner Stories

Camp Fire Wilani

Camp Fire Wilani is a youth development organization that has facilitated summer camp, outdoor school, and service learning programs in 10 of Oregon’s 36 counties since 1958. At Camp Fire Wilani, caring adult mentors build relationships with participants to empower them to safely push their boundaries by trying new activities and forming positive relationships with their peers. Camp Fire Wilani is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of participants. 

Participants build community, solve problems, and practice healthy communication. In addition to participants building connections among themselves, Camp Fire Wilani carefully recruits and comprehensively trains staff who help cultivate curiosity, foster compassion, encourage connection, and build self-confidence in young people…

“All across-the-board coming to Camp Wilani is a benefit for kids and families. We can build off what they learn here. But we cannot replicate what they do here.” Program Director of Friends of the Children Lane County

Read more about Camp Fire Wilani’s story HERE

Camp Lutherwood Oregon

Camp Lutherwood Oregon is a nonprofit organization that offers weeklong camps to Oregon youth of all ages. Programs highlight the importance of positive and cooperative interactions with others, building community, playing, and trying new things. At camp, youth stay in cabins with a small group of campers and their counselor and are led through daily activities by a team of nurturing and well-trained young adult summer staff.

Read more about Camp Lutherwood Oregon’s story HERE. Connect to their website to learn more

Champ Camp by Champions

Champions has created a network of safe, quality, and engaging programs that provide enrichment for school aged children during out of school time. Champions partners with schools, parents, and communities to create learning environments that foster originality and resilience in early learners and school-age students.   Read more here about Champions in Oregon.


KidSpirit is an enrichment and summer learning program affiliated with Oregon State University that serves children from ages 2 to 18. The program’s leaders, Karen Swanger and Janet Swensen take pride in developing youth positively through their program. One of the primary ways in which KidSpirit enables positive youth development is by creating an environment in which KidSpirit participants can healthily interact with their peers and build new friendships…Read more about KidSpirit HERE

Celebrating Afterschool & Summer

More stories and examples coming soon from all around the state, including: 

Math Gamers

Wasco County Extension

Winston Area Community Partnership

Talent Maker City (TMC)

Talent Maker City’s mission is to build a more connected and prosperous community through hands-on creativity and STEAM-based education. We are a women led, community makerspace and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in downtown Talent in Southern Oregon. Areas of service include workforce development for youth and unemployed adults, equitable and inclusive programming for underserved youth, small business support through innovative learning and community building through creative cultural exchange.

Talent Maker City offers a variety of hands-on, out-of-school programming for K-12 youth with a goal to create student interest in STEAM and CTE pathways. TMC’s trauma-informed, collaborative, COVID-safe workshops help meet students; social needs while providing quality hands-on learning opportunities. By exposing students to robotics, woodworking, painting, or metalsmithing, TMC fills a niche in the community by providing accessible and equitable skills applicable to high wage, high demand jobs. Most programming is developed in collaboration with Phoenix-Talent Schools Migrant Ed Parent Advisory Committee as an effective and equitable approach to meeting children’s needs, honoring their circumstances, and acknowledging their social and cultural priorities. 

Talent Maker City has been an instrumental resource for Southern Oregon communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and devastating 2020 Almeda fire. From their partnership with Asante to build ventilator parts with 3D printers for local hospitals to teaching students how to build beds for families who lost their homes in the Almeda fire, their goal is to bring the community together by engaging learners of all ages in community service. TMC’s bustling
makerspace in downtown Talent consists of a full woodshop, ceramics, laser, 3D printers, CNC machines, welding, fiber arts, and screen printing spaces.

Participating in the bus project over the past months has been extremely gratifying! Through this opportunity I was able to participate in the  community more, really helping out a family in
need. As well as learn lots of other practical building skills I’ll be able to use in the future.” 

Myra S.

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