Programs & Services

Make It Happen!

The Multilingual & Multicultural Center offers many programs and services to our multilingual students and families, as well as the wider Portland Public School district and our community.

  • Make It Happen! (MIH) – Make It Happen! is a college readiness program that helps multilingual students build competitive academic profiles for college admission and financial aid. Make It Happen! AmeriCorps Site Coordinators help students take challenging classes, improve their standardized test scores, develop competitive college applications, and engage in leadership, community service, and professional development opportunities. To provide academic and language acquisition support, MIH! pairs English Language Learners in grades 9-12 with volunteer academic coaches. Volunteer academic coaches work with students from countries all over the globe.

    Currently, there are three centers that serve high school students. Volunteer academic coaches work with center site coordinators and meet with students weekly throughout the school year to provide homework support, reading and writing enrichment, math and science tutoring, and activities that promote critical thinking, goal setting, and organizational skills.

  • Family Welcome Center – MLMC accommodates the unique needs of immigrant and refugee families in Portland by providing a centralized system of student registration to ensure data information accuracy, student English language proficiency assessment, and health screening.

  • Language Access - A talented team of bilingual and bicultural Parent Community Specialists provide outreach and services for limited English-speaking parents in the Portland Public Schools through a variety of ways, including Translation and Interpretation Services and Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meetings.
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