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Young Black Men: make the most of your summer

Black Male Achievement (BMA) Portland Announces Summer Youth Experience 2016

Picture of Summer Youth Experience participants

Young Black men participating in the SummerWorks jobs program are encouraged to join the 2016 BMA Summer Youth Experience (SYE). SYE supplements the SummerWorks experience by providing opportunities for:

      1. personal and professional development

      2. building long-term relationships with peers

      3. developing a youth-led community engagement project

The first SYE goal is to provide culturally-specific emotional and social intelligence curriculum to provide a supportive base for young Black men who participate in SYE.

Secondly, the program sets out to support young Black men in the summer jobs through professional mentoring, on-the-job problem-solving, access to BMA professional networks, strengths-based relationship building, supportive leadership opportunities, and more.

Community engagement rounds out the experience with a youth-led capstone project that focuses on Portland's homelessness crisis.

Interested youth should contact their Summerworks Job Coach to apply. For more information, please contact CJ Robbins at 503.823.5143 or

Learn more by watching a review of last year's program here: