Our mission

Active Children Portland’s mission is to empower students to lead healthy lives, succeed academically, and inspire positive community engagement. The organization began in 2011 with the vision to transform communities and serve hundreds of local students through youth sports. Active Children Portland program participants receive programming 30 weeks a year, 4 days per week, which keeps them active, healthy, and engaged in a positive and stable after-school environment.

Our programs focus on helping all participants to develop the confidence and life skills they need to succeed. We believe that by taking a holistic and comprehensive approach to youth-development, and by focusing on kids who need it the most, we CAN make a positive difference for the next generation.

@Yelp Foundation Gives Local


Active Children Portland has been nominated for the @Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest and need votes from our community to win up to a $5,000 grant. Will you help us?! Voting takes only a minute and doesn’t require a personal donation – just help the Yelp Foundation give away their grants! This funding could mean a lot for our organization. Please consider voting once per day from Tuesday, November 29th (Giving Day), 2016 through Friday, December 9th, 2016.

To get a text reminder to vote daily, please text YELPVOTING to 33222



What is Give Guide?


Willamette Week’s Give!Guide is Portland’s easiest path to year-end giving. G!G showcases small, medium and large organizations whose missions fall into eight categories: Animals, Civil & Human Rights, Creative Expression, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness and Human Services. In thirteen years, G!G has raised over $16 million for hundreds of local nonprofits.

Last year, WW readers gave $3,501,400 to 143 Portland organizations and the Oregon Cultural Trust. The original intent of WW’s Give!Guide was to hook young readers on the year-end giving habit. Today, readers 35 and under provide 30% of the donations. G!G also honors four Portlanders 35 and under who do fabulous work for local nonprofits by awarding them the Skidmore Prize.

Winners must work at a local nonprofit, be 35 and under, and earn $40,000 a year or less. G!G makes giving fun for donors by offering incentives no matter how much they give, $10 or $25,000, or anything in between. We provide coupons good for free cups of coffee, pastries, and tacos for every donor, as well as home delivery of thank you bags by City of Roses Media Company’s owners, Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman, for those who give more than $5,000.


Stand Together | Timbers help open new Aspen Highlands pitch in Gresham

Portland Timbers President of Business Mike Golub along with players Nat Borchers and Wade Hamilton were on hand as the Timbers helped open a new futsal pitch located at Aspen Highlands Park in Gresham, as part of a commitment made by Stand Together, MLS WORKS, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Southern New Hampshire University and adidas to build 20 mini-pitches in communities across North America.

Timbers Dedicate King’s Court

PORTLAND, Ore. – As part of the Fields For All partnership between the Portland Timbers’ community initiative, Stand Together, and Operation Pitch Invasion (OPI), King’s Court was unveiled today at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Additionally, Stand Together provided a $25,000 grant to Active Children Portland in May, helping to provide sustainable programming for the fields and futsal courts being developed.

Active Children Portland’s 2016 Raise Event

Big Thank You to all of our Supporters for the Great Evening!!!!

Event’s Details

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We had the MLS Cup, mingled with Portland Timbers players, enjoyed fun activities, dinner, drinks, and a unique silent auction that benefited kids in need in Portland, Oregon.


Tax Deductible Donations

30 weeks of after-school programming to over 600 under-served, urban elementary and middle school students at eleven different sites throughout the Portland metro area.

97% of the children enrolled in our programs qualify for free or reduced lunches. In fall and spring, we engage youth through America SCORES and Soccer for Success (US Soccer Foundation) programming, which integrates soccer, creative writing, nutrition education, and community service projects.

Our Basketball program allows athletes to learn the movements of sport but provides space for players to be creative and flexible. It is one of the few curriculum that focus on creating a love of the process of sport, not the outcome (winning and losing). Players enjoy playing more and it gives them the skills they need to play outside the context of organized basketball. Additionally, our program doesn’t take time away from the activity for character development. We have integrated all of that into the practice sessions used research based strategies. Our three primary youth development outcomes are conflict resolution, empathy building and goal settling. We believe that all of these are central to positive youth development.



Holistic education works!!

America Scores is a program that Active Children Portland has partnered with that integrates soccer, poetry and service-learning, with an approach that improves students’ health, academic achievement…

Players of the week!

Meet this week’s Active Children Portland’s Players of the week, Juan  and Audrey. They participated in our summer soccer program at Davis Elementary School in NE Portland.

Our Game. Together, We are Soccer!

One of our favorite thing about soccer is how it connects people from different backgrounds in a fun and meaningful way.

Player of the Week!

Our players of the week this week are Toakase Taumoeanga (on the right in the picture) and Melenaite Taumoeanga (on the left in the picture). Toakase is on the Active Children Portland’s James John Elementary 4th-5th grade soccer team. Melenaite is on the Active Children Portland’s James John Elementary 2nd grade soccer team. James John Elementary is located off N Lombard st in the St. Johns Neighborhood.

Premier Partners

Supporting Partners