Serving Up Success Summer Program

Our Serving Up Success Summer Program is at the heart of what we do at PT&E. The program helps stop summer learning loss by keeping students minds and bodies active with a full-day, 9-week camp. Decades of research demonstrates that youth tend to lose knowledge and gain weight in the summer due to inactivity. Underserved youth are disproportionately affected due to restricted access to resources. Our 9-week Summer Program helps youth overcome this barrier with a tuition-free program that (1) keeps minds active, (2) keeps bodies moving, and (3) supports social-emotional learning.


Active Minds

This summer’s theme is “Kids in College”. Students will get a taste of their futures, as they choose courses ranging from public speaking to cooking. The interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum incorporates the core subjects of reading, math, and science.


Healthy Bodies

With a daily combination of tennis, fitness, and nutritious meals, our students stay healthy all summer! Our Scholar Athletes also have the chance to explore Oregon’s wilderness with our Passport Oregon, outdoor education program.



Throughout the summer Life skills—such as teamwork, communication, and accountability—are continuously taught and reinforced. Bi-weekly peace circles build awareness of and empathy for the challenges faced by people home and abroad.


100% of PT&E families are low-income and half fall below the poverty line.

95% of PT&E Scholar Athletes are people of color.

Only 8% of PT&E family members have  received a college degree.

Scholar Athlete Story  


Brenda & Esme with their mom at program

Brenda & Esme with their mom at program

Brenda and Esme are sisters in our program. They are smart, compassionate and curious students at James John Elementary School. For these two talented Scholar Athletes the PT&E Summer Program is an invaluable safety net. With parents who work long hours yet still struggle to make ends meet the summer program provides valuable academic enrichment, a safe environment, and gives the girls a healthy and productive way to spend their days.

These girls are learning, exercising, and building relationships for more than 250 hours every summer. At PT&E, youth from underserved communities like Brenda and  Esme are safe during the day and have supportive learning environment where they can thrive.