[Oct 5] Gateway Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 05, 2017


RSVP for the Oct 5 Gateway Happy Hour

19% of California’s students do not graduate high school on time.
Join Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) and supporters for a happy hour fundraiser to learn how Gateway programs increase high school completion and college access for vulnerable young people in the Bay Area. Gifts in support of GtCNN’s work are welcome at the event.
When: Thursday, October 5 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Please RSVP here or by contacting Hanna Lounsbury at jlounsbury@gatewaytocollege.org or 971-634-1527.
Special thanks for GtCNN Ambassador Sally Carlson for hosting this event.



[May 24 Gateway Gathering] Meeting Workforce Needs, Advancing Opportunity for Vulnerable Youth

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Join Gateway to College National Network at our Gateway Gathering:

Meeting Workforce Needs, Advancing Opportunity for Vulnerable Youth



Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM



Northwest Health Foundation’s Ramona Room

221 NW Second Ave, Suite 300

Portland, OR 97209


Oregon has the 3rd-lowest high school graduation rate in the nation, and one-quarter of our state’s high schools fail to graduate one-third or more of their students on time. At a time where employers are increasingly experiencing skill shortages and difficulty with finding qualified workers, unemployment levels for opportunity youth remains high.


Please join us at our Gateway Gathering at 12:00 PM on May 24 at the Northwest Health Foundation in Old Town Chinatown. A panel of local business leaders will discuss skills gaps in their sectors, and how a focus on training and hiring opportunity youth might help narrow the gap.


Gateway Gatherings are an opportunity to advance important conversations and we hope that you will lend your voice. Refreshments and dessert will be served. Brown bag lunches are welcome and encouraged.




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[March 15 Gateway Gathering] PDX Bridge: A Pathway to College and Career

Friday, February 24, 2017

Join Gateway to College National Network at our Gateway Gathering

PDX Bridge: A Pathway to College and Career


Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM.


ACEH Community Room at Mercy Corps Northwest
43 Southwest Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204

Youth in state care are a community responsibility. Nationally, only 10% of foster youth enroll in postsecondary education and 3% obtain a secondary credential, compared to 40% of their peers. Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN), in collaboration with partners from the Portland community, created the PDX Bridge project to propel Portland area foster, juvenile justice, and homeless youth onto a pathway from high school to and through college.


Please join us at 12:00 PM on March 15 at Mercy Corps Northwest where a panel of PDX Bridge students and project partners will share their experiences in PDX Bridge and how cross-collaboration among organizations can lead to improved student outcomes. Gateway Gatherings are an opportunity to advance important conversations and we hope that you will lend your voice.


Refreshments and dessert will be served. Brown bag lunches are welcome and encouraged.

Eventbrite - Gateway Gathering: PDX Bridge: A Pathway to College and Career


GtCNN Hosts Portland Community College Student Panel

Thursday, April 21, 2016

On Friday, April 25th, GtCNN and Gateway to College at Portland Community College hosted our Oregon Ambassador Council and friends at PCC for an a lunch and inspiring student panel. 

Gateway students Crystal, Ruby, and Mathias met GtCNN guests in the Community Hall and took the group on a tour of the campus, sharing a day in the life of a Gateway student. A highlight was a visit to the PCC Links offices, the space where students meet with tutors, mentors, and one another to discuss homework and some of the challenges and triumphs in their lives. The students spoke about how important it is to have a caring cohort of peers and coaches whenever needed in the Gateway program. 

“If I’m ever upset, or need help with homework or just someone to talk to, I can come here and talk to Hanna,” said Crystal of her Success Coach. “She’s amazing, and always here for me. That’s so important for me—to know that if I need her, I can just call.”

After touring the library and learning about the unlimited access the students have to college resources, a guest asked how much this costs the students. 

“Oh, it’s free. We have a small fee we pay at the beginning of term, but we’re all basically on scholarship. Our books, classes, everything—it’s all covered by Gateway,” said Ruby.

After sitting down for lunch, the student panel was joined by College Success Coach and all-around hero Jane Larson and Oregon Gateway Ambassador Alexander, a graduate from Gateway to College at PCC. The panel spoke about their difficult experiences in traditional high school, from feeling ignored and unchallenged to being harassed and bullied. Gateway students endure serious trials and come out stronger on the other side, pursuing their diploma and degree. 

It was an emotional experience for many of the students and guests. This brief but impactful afternoon highlighted to guests and staff how important and powerful the Gateway to College program is for students who need a second chance at education.

Please join us in May as we launch Gateway to Graduation and celebrate our students on their journeys to graduation and lifelong success!

Directors' Convening 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Directors and Gateway to College National Network staff at 2013's convening in St. Louis.

Over the course of the next two days, directors from nearly every Gateway to College program from around the country are gathering in Dallas, Texas, for the annual Directors' Convening. As part of a national network, the convening allows directors the opportunity to share and learn from each other's experiences. As the convening kicked off, new Gateway to College National Network president, Emily Froimson, introduced her herself to directors and spoke about the urgency of our work. "Everyone wants to be educated, but traditional pathways are not for everyone. The cost of giving up on people who have talent is immense."

Gateway to College directors share a singular passion for the success of their students, and show that giving up on these students is simply not an option. Throughout the course of the convening, directors will be sharing practices that have helped them achieve student success on their individual campuses. Directors and national staff will address topics such as how to build support among campus leadership, challenges with enrollment, engaging students once they are enrolled,and building deeper partnerships with local school districts.

In working together as a network, individual Gateway to College programs can achieve even greater success in helping students find their path in education and in life.

GtCNN Co-Hosted National Convening Reengagement Plus

Friday, February 20, 2015

Student Speaking

In December, Gateway to College was at the center of a national convening in Portland, OR. GtCNN co-hosted and sponsored the 4th annual Reengagement Plus conference, which brought together more than 250 experts from reengagement centers and programs representing 38 cities across the nation.

Nick Mathern, GtCNN’s Associate Vice President of Policy and Partnership Development, served as emcee of the opening plenary and set the tone for the two-day event. “Sometimes you have to be the march before there is a march,” Nick shared, paraphrasing 2014 Gateway PLC speaker Bertice Berry and referencing the growing interest in reengagement work in cities around the nation. The conference has doubled in size in each of its four years, showing the importance that cities have placed on reengaging their youth.


In Oregon, there has been strong recognition of and commitment to reengagement work. This was evident throughout the duration of the convening, and reinforced when Portland Mayor Charlie Hales hosted a reception at City Hall, and when the mayor and current Oregon Governor (then Secretary of State) Kate Brown participated in a panel discussion at Portland Community College. In her remarks on the panel, Secretary of State Brown framed our work in broad societal terms, stating that an achievement gap is an opportunity gap and should be unacceptable to anyone in elected office. Mayor Hales linked high school graduation to the future vibrancy of the city. “In Portland, in order to increase the high school graduation rate and prepare our future workforce, we’re focusing on dropout recovery as well as dropout prevention,” stated the mayor.

Student session

Participants were eager to share best practices over the course of the convening, and it was clear that cities with large delegations are beginning to recognize the importance of working together to provide multiple options for students. In a student panel led by GtCNN’s Prentice Davis, there was a consensus view among the students that they lacked a sense of connection before they dropped out. “I checked out before I physically left (high) school,” shared one PCC student. Audience members reflected on the importance of having wraparound services available to students to ensure their success.


Throughout the two days, conference participants shared their perspectives on the gathering via social media. We brought many of these thoughts together – along with images and media coverage from the gathering – in a Storify page. The Reengagement Plus convenings have grown quickly in their short history. Communities around the country are clearly aware of the need to support this work, and there is a growing interest in building a larger network. Gateway to College is committed to continuing to work with our partners, including the National League of Cities, to serve as a sponsor and leader in future Reengagement Plus convenings.

External Links

http://www.opb.org/news/blog/newsblog/kate-brown-on-education/ - "Kate Brown on Education" OPB

https://storify.com/gtcnn/reengagement-plus-2014-2015 - Reengagement Plus 2014 Storify

http://www.nlc.org/find-city-solutions/institute-for-youth-education-and-families/expanding-youth-opportunities/expanding-youth-opportunities/reengagement-convening - "2014 Reengagement Plus" National League of Cities

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