Camp Fire’s High School Program serves 120 youth each year at David Douglas High School and its alternative campus, Fir Ridge. The program is offered as a “careers” elective class (the “Thrive” class) during the school day for credit.
Youth who participate in the Thrive class are supported to graduate on time. In addition, they also are better prepared for future education and career options. Students are provided with academic support and encouraged to find their “sparks.” These passions will guide their growth – ranging from creative writing to working with youth.
Camp Fire gives students the skills to set personal and academic goals for their future. This can include finding “spark champions” to achieve their goals. Our “growth mindset” curriculum encourages students to try new things and remain resilient in the face of obstacles.
Thrive in Action
Thrive activities include a class during the day, along with monthly field trips to local businesses and colleges. Students take part in regular service-learning projects. During these projects, the teens work together to address issues within their communities, and volunteer with local non-profits. Thrive students also receive mentoring sessions with experienced youth development professionals. All of these activities have helped Thrive students to increase their likelihood to graduate on time. As a result of Camp Fire, they are also able to connect to bright futures through internships and scholarships. Most notably, Camp Fire seniors have consistently graduated at a higher percentage than their peers within the school district. The David Douglas district rate hovers around 75%.
High School Graduation Rates for Thrive Seniors
- 2014: 86%
- 2015: 96%
- 2016: 81%
- District graduation rate: 75%
Camp Fire High School Program Contact Info:
David Douglas High School
Colin Reis, Site Coordinator
1001 SE 135th Ave
Portland, OR 97233
Fir Ridge High School
Ramiyah Baker-Blunt, Site Coordinator
11215 Southeast Market Street
Portland, OR 97216