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CozyFest benefits two great organizations, Portland YouthBuilders (PYB) and Taking Ownership. Portland YouthBuilders helps local youth change their lives and become leaders in the community through a unique combination of education, job training, and long term counseling support. Taking Ownership revives Black-owned homes so that Black homeowners can age in place, generate wealth and deflect the gentrification process. These two organizations partner to achieve a shared vision of a thriving Portland.
We are pleased to share our 2020 Year In Review, which highlights the many achievements of our students during a very challenging year. Additionally, 2020 marked PYB’s 25th anniversary and we are excited to share stories and updates from our alumni. Click here to read the full document.
A big thank you to Marc Cozza and Spike Selby of CO Projects for their incredible work on this project!
September 28, 2020
Since current restrictions prevent us from meeting in person, PYB had to switch up its annual fundraiser to an online event. Our first ever Big Search Party online fundraiser and virtual scavenger hunt was a great success due to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, particularly our presenting sponsor, O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders. Together we raised over $125,000 for PYB students and programs! Thanks to everyone who donated and to those who played along in our scavenger hunt game.
September 13, 2019
Join us for our seventh annual fundraiser and competitive cornhole tournament! We are thrilled to be hosting The Cornhole Classic in an an exciting new location this year! Join us at The Redd on September 13th for an evening of inspiration and fun as we raise funds for Portland YouthBuilders. Whether you play competitively in the tournament or stand back and watch the action, you’ll have a great time while supporting PYB. Stay tuned for more details about purchasing tickets and the event schedule!
June 24, 2019
PYB staff and students will be on break from June 24th to July 22nd for staff and July 24th for students. We hope that everyone has a fun and safe summer!
June 20, 2019 Join us at our 2019 Celebration of Achievements on Thursday, June 20th, from 5-7 PM at Ron Russell Middle School 3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97266 as we celebrate our 2018-2019 graduates and honor achievements of Portland YouthBuilders students and alumni. Invite your friends and family for music, PYB student performances, food, photos and fun! Transportation and food will be available for students on the afternoon of the event. Graduates, PYB will provide your cap and gown and help you get fitted the day of the event. Stay tuned for more info!
May 19, 2019
PYB is honored to have been the recipient of all proceeds from Cars for a Cause! Cars for a Cause is an amazing nonprofit car show that raises money for charities in the Portland area. We had an amazing time looking at all the great cars and getting to do some outreach at the show. Thanks to all of the efforts of Cars for a Cause we raised nearly $3,500 to support PYB’s programs. Thank you to everyone who showed up, and to everyone who showed their incredible cars in this show!
May 14, 2019
Thank you to everyone who came out to support PYB at Trivia Night! Congratulations to our winning trivia team, the Portland YouthBlazers, on their incredible trivia performance. Thank you to our trivia master Seth for providing us with fun and difficult questions, and to Eastburn Public House for providing us with their great space!
November 1, 2018
PYB is honored to be featured in the Give!Guide once again this year! Give!Guide is a year-end giving campaign created by the Willamette Week. We are honored to be one of the 150 Portland nonprofits selected to be a part of this amazing guide!