Pass the Mic!

$3,600 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 62 people in 2 months
"Pass the Mic" is Portland Meet Portland's first annual week-long Immigrant and Refugee Youth Music Camp! The Music Camp will culminate with a LIVE community performance of the youth. This camp will be ABSOLUTELY FREE to the 20 youth we’ll include and to the concert goers.

Portland Meet Portland is teaming up with Wilson Vediner, who helped start the highly successful Pendleton Rock Camp and guitarist for Portland based bands Months and Point Juncture, WA. Through this collaboration, we will pilot the first 2018 Pass the Mic Music Camp in mid-July to serve the creative needs of immigrant and refugee youth in Portland and to foster cross-cultural relationship building through music!

At Pass the Mic, immigrant and refugee youth will form bands and learn songwriting, how to play instruments, how to run technical equipment, how to design and create band logos, how to collaborate musically, and other things essential to performing the enjoyment of building cross-cultural community.

Finding and exploring voice, belonging, and identity as an immigrant or refugee youth is often a struggle, especially when doing well in school, providing resources to their family, and obligations to their community can be draining. These youth are in need of creative, fun, and engaging spaces to develop themselves as people (personally and professionally). This camp provides that opportunity through cross-cultural collaboration and expression.  

We have talked to several individuals, organizations, and even staff of Portland Public Schools who work with immigrant and refugee youth and we all agree....WE NEED THIS MUSIC CAMP!

What we have in place:

1. Committed camp counselors who are both locally and nationally recognized musicians
2. A culturally appropriate organization where the camp can live and be sustained
3. A proven rock camp program template and curriculum
4. A fearless leader (Wilson Vediner)!
5. Opportunities for community outreach and advertising
6. Youth who want to participate
7. Potential spaces for the camp and the performance venue

With your contributions, we will be able to:

1. Pay stipends to camp counselors
2. Pay for space rental for the camp and the performance
3. Feed the kids during the day
4. Rent equipment and buy camp supplies
5. Make tee shirts and CDs of the youths’ music
6. Advertise and market the camp

All this will set us up for success this year and for years to come.

We hope to raise $7,500 by July 16th (the day the camp starts)!

Donate to this project and put your money to work for celebrating diversity and making Portland a home for our local immigrant and refugee youth!

Your Donations are 100% Tax Deductible!


About Portland Meet Portland

Portland Meet Portland welcomes and befriends immigrants and refugees and engages diverse cultures in Portland, Oregon. We enrich community through mutually beneficial mentoring opportunities and dialogue that promotes cross-cultural learning, enhances skills, and builds trust.

For more about Portland Meet Portland, visit: portlandmeetportland.org
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Hello All!

It's time to add the Pass the Mic concert to your calendars!

When: Friday, July 20th from 6:30pm to 8pm
Where: Franklin High School Auditorium
Cost: FREE

Here is the EVITE link. Please RSVP asap :-)

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Hello All!

Our Project Manager and Grant Writing (Volunteer), Ben Moorad, made a little EVITE for the Pass the Mic concert! As supporters, we would be thrilled to have you there to see what you helped to realize with your contributions.

Please accept this invitation. Click here for the EVITE: https://tinyurl.com/y8f59av5

RSVP Now !


Manuel Padilla, Executive Director
Wilson Vediner, Creative Director
Ben Moorad, Project Manager and 'Super Volunteer'!
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Portland Meet Portland's Immigrant and Refugee Music Camp now has a name :-)

We are now calling our music camp "Pass the Mic"!

This name evokes what we wish to make central to this camp: collaboration among the voices of those who continue to be underrepresented and unheard in our society. We will be accompanying these immigrant and refugee youth and passing the mic to them to amplify their voices onto our community.
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Portland Meet Portland had a great time at our Oregon Public House Instrument Drive and Fundraiser on Wednesday June 6th! We got some instruments and raised a little more money as well :-)

We are still looking for more instruments so please contact us if you have instruments or equipment to donate (or know someone who does) at: portlandmeetportland@gmail.com
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$3,600 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 62 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Portland Meet Portland
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