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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204


Mission statement:  Fostering awareness, promoting healthy choices and empowering boys to be leaders  in non-violence.



The BoyStrength Progam aims to  

  • Foster  an understanding of what it means to be a young man in today’s media driven society  

  • Boost knowledge and awareness of equity,  diversity and cultural differences

  • Support boys capacity to express and regulate emotions 

  • Encourage boys to explore healthier and safer choices to  prevent violence

  • Enhance boys  inner strength to  cultivate  leadership and mentoring skills 

  • Increase  boys capacity to be allies in ending violence against girls and women

  • Promote boys social connections and understanding of healthy relationships

  • Raise awareness of the importance of healing and self-care


Check out KATU's spot on this exciting new program here.


Schedule for BoyStrength Programs


Calling all men: Do you want to help stop violence in your community?

Contribute to your community by volunteering to teach violence prevention skills.

Under the model of the WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs, which have a 34-year history of success, the BoyStrength program seeks to encourage boys to cultivate inner strength and equity awareness, manifesting these traits through nonviolent leadership. 


Interested in becoming a volunteer?

No experience necessary!

Men from all backgrounds, abilities, and ages (over 18) are encouraged to apply. 

Click here for the volunteer application.

The next training for Boys Program volunteers will begin in February 2015.



Meet The Team!

Nicholas Clark

It is so rewarding to introduce boys to new ways of thinking about gender and social justice which I didn't have the opportunity to learn about until I was in college.  When I'm not volunteering with Boystrength, I spend my time drawing and collaging, learning to play guitar, teaching at a preschool, and researching and considering a future career in family therapy, school counseling, or something else in that realm of social service.

Matthew Hicks 



Matthew is a graduate student at the National College of Natural Medicine where he is working on a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master's in Integrative Medical Research. He takes special interest in efforts aimed at men's roles in violence prevention and creating a more compassionate world. He lives in Portland with his two young children.


Johnpaul Morton


Johnpaul was born in beautiful Portland, OR where he currently resides with his wife and 3 children. He works as the General Manager for Paulson's Floor Coverings and his hobbies are Hiking, Basketball, Running, and playing games with his kids. Johnpaul believes strongly in Boystrength's mission to empower boys to be leaders in non-violence and is excited to be a part of the Strength team.  

Brandan Sayarath 


My name is Brandan and I was born and raised in Portland.  I go to school at Portland State University.  I want to get into law enforcement soon, and have been interning with the Portland Police Bureau at their Family Services Division.  I volunteer for BoyStrength because I want to make a difference from the inside-out.  I take pride in knowing that the work I put in, directly improves the lives of others. 


BoyStrength is honored to have Kevin Cherry, A native of Philadelphia. Kevin moved to Portland in 2011 to be closer to family. He enjoys community outreach, spending time with family and singing! Not only is Kevin a BoyStrength instructor with the PPB, but also a volunteer Chaplain at Inverness Jail, and the Justice Center.







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