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GO Kids

All Children in Oregon Deserve the Opportunity to Succeed

The GO Kids initiative aims to overcome Oregon’s opportunity gap – disparities experienced by children because of where they live, their race or family circumstance – by working with volunteers throughout Oregon.

Goals

  • Spotlight the toxic effects of the opportunity gap on children, families and the prosperity of our communities, state and country.
  • Trigger ideas for local solutions, and motivate and catalyze action.
  • Engage volunteers, partners and civic leaders in innovative and effective place-based efforts to close the opportunity gap.

Principles

  • All children in Oregon deserve the opportunity to succeed regardless of their economic status, race, region or other circumstances of birth.
  • Local people are best informed about needs, priorities and opportunities for the kids in their community. Local actions may be implemented more quickly and will complement national and state policy.
  • OCF research, grantmaking and engagement will provide building blocks to address the opportunity gap when combined with volunteer capacity and community leadership and innovation.
  • Local activities must be collaborative and display diverse community engagement in planning and implementation.
  • Raising local awareness of the opportunity gap with community leaders and members is the first step toward change.
  • This is a volunteer-powered effort. OCF will provide appropriate support for GO Kids volunteers while also administering the project.

Investment

OCF is investing $3 million from 2019 to 2022, mainly from the Fred Fields Fund. In addition to project management and administration, this investment includes:

  • Roughly $480,000 in small grants for research, education, convening and promotion.
  • Up to $2 million for larger competitive grants supporting local partnerships that engage diverse community voices and leverage resources.

 

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OCF's Efforts to Address the Opportunity Gap

The circumstances a child is born into, coupled with longstanding patterns of discrimination, largely determine the life that child can achieve.

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GO Kids Steering Committees

Central Oregon
Eastern Oregon
Metropolitan Portland
North Coast
Northern Willamette Valley
South Coast
Southern Oregon
Southern Willamette Valley

Click here to see the map of OCF regions.

Lifelong Passion for Community Service

Anne Schuster is one of our amazing volunteers, serving as a member of the OCF Southern Willamette Valley GO Kids steering committee and the OCF Southern Willamette Valley Leadership Council.

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