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.


Soccer Shots ORANGEfest

FREE Community Festival

WHEN: June 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: The Portland Montessori School
205 NE 50th Ave. Portland, OR 97213
COST: Free

Soccer Shots is throwing it’s second annual summer kick off party, OrangeFest! Join us at The Portland Montessori on June 4 for soccer, fun, and more. OrangeFest is a free community event that features soccer themed activities as well as other community vendors who will be focused around health, fitness and education.

In addition to a fun, family event, this is also a fundraiser for Active Children Portland. Active Children Portland is a local non profit that works to bring soccer, nutrition education, and poetry to under-served communities. With your help, we can work to instill a healthy active lifestyle in more kids in Portland than ever before. While the majority of our activities at OrangeFest will be free, there will be some opportunities to donate at the event. 100% of the proceeds raised at OrangeFest go directly to Active Children Portland.


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.

Event took place at Key Club  (Providence Park)

on April 29th, 2016 at 7:00 pm

You can Also be Part of this great cause.

People shopping at the Timbers Retail stores at Providence Park can donate to Active Children Portland during the month of May.

All you need to do is tell the cashier you want to contribute.


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.

Congratulations Active Children Portland 50/50 raffle winner for the Timbers/Crew game 5/22/16

Winning Number



Thank You 

Lithia motors

for volunteering



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…

Our Coach of the week!

Active Children Portland is very fortunate to have amazing coaches working with our participants. Our coaches represent our brand of positive community involvement with youth in need. Nate Jones is a soccer 4th-5th grade coach for Active Children Portland at Sitton Elementary in the St. Johns Neighborhood of 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!

Bene is on the Active Children Portland‘s Hartley Elementary 4th-5th grade soccer team. Hartley Elementary is located off 184th and NE Glisan in East Portland. Bene was nominated by his coach and the after-school manager at Hartley Elementary.

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