By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods board has awarded $2,000 to each of six community-based projects intended to improve residents’ quality of life.
The projects include chess, outdoor tables and a street race.
Portland’s office of Neighborhood Involvement provides the funding for grants programs in the city’s seven neighborhood coalitions.
Families of students in Inner-Northeast/North Portland will learn about legal regulations in a “Know Your Rights” clinic.
As many as 500 students in eight schools may participate in “Chess for Success” programs. The game is expected to help students improve academic performance and behavior.
The schools receiving the chess program include Beach, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Chief Joseph/Ockley Green, Faubion, King, Rigler, Sabin and Vernon.
The North/Northeast Business Association plans to develop an MLK Dream Run, named for Martin Luther King Jr. The event, planned for August 1 and 2, will take place along North/Northeast streets.
The Vernon School Parent-Teacher Association and various community partners will build tables and benches for an outdoor class, called Vernon Gardens.
A cross-disciplinary line of programming by African-American community members will use hair workshops to build community. The effort is called “Inside/Outside My Head: Hair and Community in Black Portland.”
The participating partners include Jefferson High School’s Black Student Union, Urban League of Portland and the Portland African American Leadership Forum’s Leadership Academy.