WOMEN'S ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE OF PORTLAND
WAL is a proud supporter of the following organizations…
ACE Mentor Program
Architecture – Construction - Engineering
The ACE Mentor Program is a free, intensive mentoring experience held after school, once a week for 12 weeks. Portland-area high school students work with professionals and each other to explore careers in architecture, construction and engineering. ACE volunteer mentors are practicing professionals with a special interest in helping young people and supporting the future of their profession.
Students are assigned to teams led by mentors; each team selects a design project and goes through the entire design process, developing technical and professional skills along the way. Students learn marketable skills through problem solving and negotiation, working collaboratively as part of a team, and gaining a connection to real life careers.
All active participating seniors who intend to pursue ACE-related fields may apply for ACE scholarships to colleges and universities. This year the ACE Mentor Program in Portland awarded a total of $72,000 in scholarships to 16 students.
For more information go to www.acementor.org
Architects in Schools
Aided by the volunteer efforts of practicing architects and emerging professionals, this program currently serves approximately 2,200 third through fifth grade students in the Portland metro area, Central Oregon, Salem and Eugene. This program is managed under the umbrella of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon whose mission is to create awareness of our designed environments through education, advocacy, inspiration and philanthropy.
Volunteer architects partner with classroom teachers to implement 6-week residencies – teaching architectural and design themes to classes of students. The program culminates in May and June with exhibitions of student work. Through their Architects in Schools residencies, teachers are able to address math concepts, aesthetics, historical perspectives and science to their students. For more information go to www.af-oregon.org