Upcoming & Recent Events

Beyond BordersBeyond Borders:
A Conference on Migration & Integration

On Friday, October 18, 2019, join us for a new regional conference, Beyond Borders: A Conference on Migration & Integration, at the University of Southern Maine. 
For more information, please see our News Page or contact: Linda Ward, Multilingual and Multicultural Center, Portland Public Schools, at



Welcoming Safe Schools
Youth Conference


In March 2018, some Make It Happen students presented breakout sessions for WSSYC.  Their presentations included Women in Islam, The Effects of Race on Youth, and Are You Racist?  Pictured here are MIH Director Tim Cronin, presenters Sulwan and Fadumo, Multilingual Center Director Grace Valenzuela, and Community Outreach Specialist Nanette Dyer Blake.

MIH Talent Show

Make It Happen Talent Show

In February 2018, Make It Happen students from all three high schools came together to share their talents and connect with each other.  They shared talents including dances, and spoken word poetry, and even got to see Make It Happen Director Tim Cronin spin a basketball on his finger.

College Visits with MIH

Make It Happen College Visit 


As they are making their college decisions, Make It Happen students take some time to visit schools that they have applied to.  Here is a group of seniors visiting Saint Joseph's of Maine in December 2017.


Language, Culture, and Identity ConferenceLanguage, Culture, and 

Identity Conference


In October 2017, the Center held the LCI conference for educators all around New England and beyond.    Participants listened to Jeff Zwiers' keynote address on authentic communication and developing language skills and chose from a variety of sessions throughout the day.


Day of Caring

United Way Day of Caring

Make It Happen students participated in the October 2017 Day of Caring.  Together with students from other towns, they turned old newspaper boxes into little libraries and helped prepare early learning activities for young children.


Back to School FairBack to School Fair

In September 2017, the Multilingual & Multicultural Center held a Back to School Fair to help families fill out their first day packets, learn about resources and activities at their children's schools, and connect with local organizations to learn about community resources. 

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