Big Dreams. Good Jobs. All Students.
The nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance believes in big dreams and good careers for all high school students. Our board, staff and volunteers see meaningful access to career development as a matter of social and economic justice.
Our mission: PWA builds enduring partnerships between local businesses and Portland-area high schools. By providing students with real-life work experiences and career-learning opportunities, we enrich their academic knowledge, inspire them to graduate and help them make informed choices after high school and college. We welcome all students, with extra outreach to higher-poverty and marginalized communities. PWA paves the way for employers to strengthen and diversify their workforce, and for young people to find good careers.
Every year, we create thousands of opportunities for high school students to discover their career aspirations. In a typical year, we provide Portland-area students with about 10,000 career-learning experiences, including mentorships, career days, mock interviews, and the annual NW Youth Careers Expo.