Finding Ways to Make Portland Better
Our projects are intended to spark conversations, give room to new ideas and marginalized voices, increase civic participation, and enhance the strength and closeness of our community. See how we’re doing it, through these initiatives…
Maine Girls Innovate
The Maine Girls Innovate program comprises of four after-school workshops and a day-long Field Guide culminating in a social change challenge — a student-led initiative addressing a social issue in their middle school.
Hi, Neighbor! is an initiative to overcome bias and community segregation in order to create happier, better connected, and more resilient neighborhoods. Based on a social justice theory of change that through story sharing + self work. Hi, Neighbor! is a simple gathering with a big purpose.
Portland Participates is an initiative that seeks to improve the participatory process with an innovative platform that connects residents to elected government officials and cultivates participation for a shared vision.
Resilient Portland is a knowledge map of sustainability programs, initiatives and resources in the Portland area. Based on initial research into the various environmentally-focused organizations, this project has gathered all of these resources into one searchable, easy-to-use platform.
Maine has the oldest median age in the country, and our population is projected to continue to shrink. For the sake of Maine's economy and the quality of life of all Mainers, more young people need to stay in Maine, and to move here from other places.