What is FPPS? The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) is a nonprofit organization that raises money to address unmet needs of the Portland Schools and provide opportunities for innovation or enhancement to school programming for teachers and students. Recent campaigns have included:
- PPS Food Fund – raising money to address food insecurity
- Addressing the Opportunity Gap – deepening and accelerating equity work in the district
- Equity and Innovation Teacher Grants – giving grants of up to $1000 for teachers
Details of student board membership
FPPS would like to add student voices to the board and is seeking two or three students to join, beginning in November 2020, as voting members.
This is intended as an opportunity for students to develop new skills including leadership, group decision making, understanding of non-profit organizations, fundraising and more. Students will take part in discussions and votes on how the Foundation should operate, spend its funds, and other decisions about how to support the Portland Public Schools; they will also participate in fundraising activities (training will be provided).
- Commitment of one school year (November 2020 – June 2021)
- Six meetings per year, typically on Mondays from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with occasional other invitations and meetings
- Each student board member will have a more experienced board member as an informal Mentor
Qualifications / Application Process
- Must be a current 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student in Portland Public schools.
- Must meet district eligibility requirements for extracurricular activities.
- Applications, including the names and contact information of two references who have been asked in advance, must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 8th.
- There may be an informal interview or conversation with an FPPS board or staff member prior to selection.
- Students will be selected by November 2nd. The first board meeting will be on Monday, November 16th from 5 – 7:00 p.m. Between November 2nd – November 16th, each student will need to find a time to meet with staff and/or board members from FPPS for a brief orientation.