MetroEast receives Oregon Community Foundation grant!

Posted by Metro East on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

MetroEast receives a grant from the Community Grant Program of The Oregon Community Foundation.

MetroEast is the recipient of a $27,500 grant from the Community Grant Program of The Oregon Community Foundation for year one of two to develop and refine resources and curriculum for digital-literacy classes in the multicultural Rockwood community!

MetroEast has made significant strides refining our programming, partnerships, and recruitment of participants at Rockwood. Our goal with Rockwood DIY (Digital Inclusion and Youth) is to serve East County residents, especially in the Rockwood area with a focus on digital inclusion and media training for underserved groups.

In January 2018 we launched Podcast Camp with elementary school students from Rockwood Preparatory Academy. Over a 3-week long afterschool camp, students learned how to conduct interviews, record, produce, and edit a podcast! Students applied newly learned skills by interviewing professionals of color from the City of Gresham. This partnership allowed students to learn technical skills as well as gain exposure to careers in local government.

In our pilot podcast camp:

  • 90% of students agreed they felt confident producing their own podcast

  • 60% were interested in learning more about careers in Rockwood and Gresham

  • 60% of participants identified as female

  • 65% identified as a person of color

    Our programs are making an impact—they kindle interest in essential 21st-century technology skills and give underserved youth an outlet to share their opinions, hopes, and dreams!

    Listen to student podcasts: 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you to The Oregon Community Foundation, The Rockwood Preparatory Academy, East Metro Arts, Culture & Community, Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, The Collins Foundation, and City of Gresham for making this podcast camp possible.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about.

The Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. Application materials are available through the Foundation’s Portland office. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund may contact the [Portland office at 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205] or visit

For more info, contact: Jessica Liu (503) 616-7639 /

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