AYCO’s mission is “…to settle the past, engage the present and hope for the future.”
AYCO UPLIFT youth participate in athletics programs, academic support, and culturally specific mentorship. Efforts to develop leadership and strengthen cultural identity are incorporated in all activities.
Health & Disability
AYCO supports individuals with disabilities and their families by fostering community awareness, advocacy, and facilitating access to vital resources.
AYCO UPLIFT parents support can participate in ESL classes, Education Task Force parent groups, and community engagement programs. advocacy, Skilled cultural brokers offer support for addressing broad ranging challenges related to language and unfamiliar cultural expectations.
Please join us on Saturday, December 28, 2019, in our efforts to provide a platform that acknowledges the stigma in the Somali community. We will be hosting a panel discussion and community workshop acknowledging mental health and substance abuse, offering preventative education, healing and strengthening parent/child relationships, as well as [...]
AYCO seeks to address the unique hurdles faced by African refugees and immigrants. Immigrant lack of foundational civic, cultural and educational knowledge affect their health, education, employment, housing, family stress, emotional isolation and discrimination. This population is largely a tight-knit community who greatly value and trust. AYCO as a guiding [...]
June, 2019 we held our Annual Basketball Tournement at Jackson Middle school and hosted more than 30 teams. Age 11-20. AYCO's anuualy basketball is geared 2019 toward Portland’s immigrant population and focused especially on helping youth of Somali and east African descent meet the challenges of life in a new [...]