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Oregon MESA was founded in 1985 on the belief that access to a STEM education and exposure to successful role models can irrevocably change the course of an underrepresented student’s life.
Oregon MESA serves middle and high school students historically underrepresented in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Underrepresented students are defined as students of color, girls, recent immigrants and refugees, impoverished populations, and first generation college students. We currently have MESA programs in schools in the Portland metro-area and Salem.
Oregon MESA is working to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for students underrepresented in STEM. Founded in 1985, MESA is an equity program that serves over 600 students in 32 schools across Portland and Salem. MESA equips underrepresented students with STEM, invention, and 21st-century skills. MESA works with teachers to implement numerous programs including Family Engagement, Competitions, Mentorship, College & Career Connections, and the MESA Schools Program.
For the 2020-2021 school year, we will be operating all programs virtually. Our programs kick-off in October, and we would like to welcome all new and returning students as well as new and returning volunteers.
For Students: If you are a middle school or high school student interested in STEM, want to learn more about MESA, or returning to MESA:
Apply to join your school's MESA Schools Program
Don’t have MESA at your school? Join an Invention Club!
Attend MESA Launch Week!
Oct 19 - 22, 3:30pm-6:00pm
Launch week is a virtual event to kick-off the MESA school year. Students will learn about this year’s theme and challenge, meet and learn from STEM professionals and entrepreneurs, and compete in a mini-competition. Launch week is open to all new and returning students!
For STEM Professionals and College Students:
Interested in mentoring / coaching students? Sign-up for our STEM Coaching Program!
Looking for other volunteer opportunities?
Check out our volunteer page at https://oregonmesa.org/volunteer
Building Blocks 2 Success (BB2S) was founded in October 2013 but has been operating since 2008 on the principles of empowerment using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as the incentive for learning.
Building Blocks 2 Success Mission is to get ethnically and gender diverse underrepresented youth from the Portland Metropolitan area excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through exposure and participation in STEM-related programs and activities.
We are actively engaging with BB2S to identify volunteering opportunities. You can learn more about their community impact here.
For more info about the BB2S organization please contact:
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Building Blocks 2 Success