SEL Awardee

S. Renee Mitchell

Roosevelt High School
Portland Public Schools
Portland, OR
“The I Am M.O.R.E. initiative helps young people of color understand that they are MORE than the worst thing that has ever happened to them. Our unique empowerment process leverages the power of personal storytelling with critical inquiry and reflection and social and emotional skill-building. These are key ingredients to an effective recipe that can help young people make better sense of their lives. Once youth can think more critically about their life experiences and expose the hidden wounds of their trauma, they begin to walk through the world not as victims but as heroes of their own re-imagined story.”
Tags: High School, Mentorship, Middle School, New Arrivals, Student Leadership & Voice, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Trauma-Informed, Urban