Become a Project Angel!


Teens Rise Up (TRU) offers a Summer Youth Leadership Intensive that provides a unique leadership and community building experience for teens ages 14-18.

In this 5-day summer program, young adults develop leadership capacity in addition the skills and inner resources to forge relationships across the divides of race, culture, gender, sexual identity, and socio-economic differences and to bring out the best in each other, for the good of the whole community. 

We reach a broad spectrum of youth including those from under-served communities, who are limited by financial resources or exposure to such educational offerings, including youth from refugee populations. This diversity creates a unique environment in which youth learn first-hand from peers with different life experiences. 

In the long term, we believe that youth who attend TRU are more likely to make meaningful contributions to society and less likely to become a burden on the community. In our intensive program, we observe that youth grow in their confidence, become more curious and interact with those who are different, and step into more leadership roles. 


Join our community and become part of our mission to support youth to become the next generation of leaders. 

Over the past two summers, the TRU Leadership Intensive has brought together teens from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to create a powerful, one-of-a-kind experience. The first year was self-funded, and in 2016 we were fortunate enough to have support from the Collins Foundation. 

Moving forward, we need angels: committed and passionate people, organizations, and business, who understand that our healthy democratic future depends on fostering the leadership potential of a diverse community of young adults. 


Each program costs $23,000 to run, including food, venue, faculty, administration, supplies, advertising, and transportation for the youth. As an Angel your generosity supports a program that makes a difference in the lives of Portland youth. 

Supporters can contribute at the following levels:

Community Angels: $1,000-$2,000

Guiding Angels: $2,500-$5,000

Sustaining Angels: Make annual contributions of $2,500 or more

Your donation is fully tax-deductible. Thank you. 


Click Below to Donate Online Via PayPal:

You can also donate by check made out to “PWI” and either drop off or mail to 2049 NW Hoyt St. | Suite 1 | Portland, OR 97209


For more information, take a look at our Project Angels brochure. 

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Please contact Dawn Menken at with questions.

Dawn Menken, Ph.D, is the lead trainer and organizer for the SYLI event. Dawn is a conflict resolution educator and facilitator, teacher, counselor, and author. She enjoys working with youth and has pioneered Teens Rise Up (TRU), a cutting-edge program for schools that empowers and educates young people to step into their leadership, engage in honest dialogue and co-create a more welcoming school community.

Dawn is the co-creator of the Master of Arts in Conflict Facilitation and Organizational Change at the Process Work Institute. She is the author of Raising Parents Raising Kids: Hands on Wisdom for the Next Generation.

Dawn will be assisted by a skilled team of co-facilitators with expertise in youth empowerment, communication and creativity.