Empowered Hour

Conversations on Youth Success (and Drinks!)

Have you been looking to learn more about Oregon’s education system? The Institute for Youth Success invites you to join us for Empowered Hour.

Empowered Hours are casual gatherings where you can learn about the most pressing issues in education, and meaningful opportunities for effecting change. We bring the experts to you in a series of intimate and informal happy hour conversations focused on topics that are tailored to your interest.

Join us to sip, converse and learn about innovative ideas that are changing the way we teach and support youth.

Past Events

Exciting Developments in Education
Wednesday, November 1, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Bridgeport Brewery, Heritage Room, 1313 NW Marshall St, Portland
Learn about ways educators are working to improve the state’s graduation rate and get Oregon youth ready for school.

Building Workforce Readiness Traits in Students
Wednesday, December 6, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Coopers Hall, Mezzanine, 404 SE 6th Ave, Portland
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is key to success in school, work and life. Learn more about SEL, including the latest research and why it matters.

Scholarship Programs and College Success
Wednesday, March 7, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland (Perle & Galena Room at Altabira, inside Hotel Eastlund)

Scholarship programs can be structured so that they better support the success of students in college. Michelle Hodara from Education Northwest presented on insights gained from recent evaluations of several scholarship programs.

Bringing Brain Science into Education
Wednesday, April 11, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland (Perle & Galena Room at Altabira, inside Hotel Eastlund)

Many students experience high levels of stress, trauma, and adverse experiences. Learn about how trauma-informed schools restructure education to be more responsive to the brain and to create more welcoming learning environments.


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Education Northwest is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. We do our work through a combination of federal funds, state and local contracts, and gifts from people like you. Our federal tax ID number is 93-0553346.