If you’ve come to the annual PWA Breakfast, you already know it’s not a typical affair.

No 20-minute keynote to send people nodding off. No elaborate meal meant to impress. Just students to celebrate, and work to be done, by hundreds of volunteers and scores of employers with a shared belief in helping teenagers develop college-and-career aspirations.

This annual breakfast is a chance to hear from Portland students about the impact of PWA career days, mentorships and other experiences on their plans after graduation. It’s also a chance to hear from leaders such as Gov. Kate Brown, Rukaiyah Adams of Meyer Memorial Trust, Mark Fitzloff of Wieden+Kennedy and Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith.


Only two weeks remain until our breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at 7:30 am at the Oregon Convention Center. We’re expecting more than 400 people, including business leaders, educators and students, and we’re already nearing capacity. Register today, and invite a colleague who might want to get involved. (The breakfast is free, but we welcome donations to support students year-round through our nonprofit.)


The breakfast is held every year on the morning of the NW Youth Careers Expo, a statewide career-learning experience for high school students. This year, we’re expecting 6,900+ students from 70+ high schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We’ve also drawn about 40 sponsors and 150+ exhibitors, including many of Oregon’s leading employers.

Thank you for supporting Oregon’s students and future workforce. See you at the breakfast!

PWA Breakfast nearing capacity; 70+ high schools at Careers Expo