Our 2016 Raising the Bar for Oregon Luncheon videos are ready!

We hope that you enjoy these two videos. One is of our full luncheon program and the other is an extract of our parents testimonies.

Our wonderful long time board member, Aurora Cedillo, was the MC. Our Executive Director, Annalivia Palazzo Angulo kicked off the luncheon, followed by our keynote speaker, Salam Noor, the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for Oregon’s Department of Education. Next was the former student body President at Willamette University, Shamir Cervantes, followed by parent testimonies. Bless her heart, Celia Flores tearfully followed her mother’s video testimony. It was one of many great moments in the luncheon. Maria Isabel Saldaña, daughter of another parent program participant and a current freshman at Willamette University, followed Celia.

Eric Lindauer, former President of Oregon Community Foundation and co-founder of the Latino Partnership Project, was our closing speaker.

To view the individual speeches, forward the full luncheon video to the time listed below for each speaker:

Salam Noor (17:00)
Shamir Cervantes (31.18)
Celia Flores (50:16)
Maria Isabel Saldaña (54:06)
Eric Lindauer  (1:01:30)



The shorter video below is an extract of full length video where two of our program parents speak about their dedication to their children’s education, and the training they received from SKCE to help their children.

Thank You for Helping Us to Meet Our Goal!

Thank You!

You made our 2016 Annual Luncheon,

Raising the Bar for Oregon,

a huge success!


Thank you for helping us reach our goal!

What a powerful event we had last Wednesday May 18th!  
Salam Noor, Deputy Superintendent of Oregon, delivered a powerful  speech to spur us to action on increasing parent and community  engagement in schools as one of the most critical factors in closing the achievement gap.
Shamir Cervantes, former student body president of Willamette University, moved the audience to a standing ovation after baring his heart and his life experience as a brown Mexican son of Migrant farmworkers. 
Celia Flores, daughter of parents involved in SKCE’s parent programs for over 12 years, brought the audience to tears as she shared her pride and gratefulness for her family’s difficult and successful journey and her mother’s determination.
Maria Isabel Saldaña, freshman at Willamette University and daughter of SKCE participants, eloquently shared the meaning of her journey to becoming a DACA student.

Finally, Eric Lindauer, former president of the Oregon Community Foundation and founder of the Latino Partnership Project, asked you to give, to assure that hundreds more parents will have the opportunity to empower their families.

And you responded! You raised $5,720–enough to provide more than 30 parents with a series of engaging classes about communication, understanding the education system or preventing risky behaviors.

SKCE belongs to the parents, to the community, to you!


A big big thank you to our Sponsors!