Transforming Communities Through Youth Sports

About Active Children PortlandAC Portland Kids Stretching

Active Children Portland keeps children active in their club, classroom, and community. Programming is an active and holistic approach to childhood development, which includes sports, creative writing, nutrition education, and service learning projects.

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.

Today, Active Children Portland delivers 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. In January 2014, we expanded our winter programming to include PeacePlayers International, a peace building and leadership development curriculum that uses basketball to bring children together and teach proven tactics for improving their communities.




Meet this week’s Active Children Portland’s Coach of the week! Coach Nestor Tinoco was born in Chicago, Illinois but was raised in Michoacan, Mexico. He was the Active Children coach for the soccer team at Alder Elementary during the 2015/2016 school year and is currently head coach of a community club team he started this summer. The community team contains a variety of players all over the neighborhood of Rockwood. Nestor recognized that there were a lot of talented players on the Active Children Portland teams who wanted a more competitive opportunity. Through soccer, Nestor teaches lessons to the kids not only for them to use in the game but also in real life; lessons about discipline, hard work, attitude, humility, nutrition and character. The same lessons that Active Children Portland teaches in our after-school programs. He not only wants to help his kids succeed in soccer but in forming a better future. Nestor encourages his kids to do well in school for them to later on get a good career. He is setting that example by attending Concord Community College in order to pursue his dream of becoming a medical assistant. His priorities are his family, graduating, and the youth he works with. A remarkable quote Nestor said about working with his kids is “It always makes my day getting a smile out of a kid after knowing they were down,” showing how much he cares for his kids. Active Children Portland wants to congratulate Nestor on all his hard work and we look forward to supporting his future goals with his new team and with his pursuits in life. Thank you Nestor!



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.


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

USSFlogo“Soccer for Success provides children in under-served urban communities with structured physical activity, nutrition education and mentorship – at no cost to their families.”

AmericaSCORESlogoThe America Scores program encompasses soccer, creative writing, and service learning, to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.