Building power with diaspora youth through artistic and cultural exploration.

Through creative youth-led programming, Portland Meet Portland supports youth in discovering their identity and agency to become the new change-makers of their communities.

Pass the Mic

Pass The Mic is Portland Meet Portland's free music education program for immigrant and refugee youth ages 14 and up. Pass the Mic provides youth with high-quality and culturally responsive music education and mentorship by experienced Portland musicians. Students will gain invaluable encouragement and experience in expressing themselves to their peers and their communities, and they’ll learn how to collaborate creatively with each other.

Pass the Mic has two components: an after-school program in our Arts Center in the Gateway District, and a summer music camp held at an area school.

Our 2nd annual summer camp in 2019 featured youth from around the world. Click here to read a wonderful piece from Donald Orr of Oregon Public Radio on the camp. You can also listen to the piece here (though the link has a more full text version and some cool photos):

Here’s a brief video about our 2019 camp from our friends at NW Documentary:

To learn more about Pass the Mic, please contact

Click here and Donate to our Pass the Mic GoFundMe campaign!

Your support will help us provide music, leadership, and mentorship opportunities and get instruments in the hands of youth who have a lot to say to us. If you’d like to stay up to date on Pass The Mic and receive invitation to events (including our next showcase concert), please contact us at

You can donate your old, extra, or unused instruments to Pass the Mic, and we’ll get them into the hands of local immigrant and refugee youth! Contact to set up a drop off.

We are especially interested in receiving:

  • Guitars (electric and acoustic)

  • Basses

  • Practice amps

  • Horns

  • Drum kits, hand drums, misc percussion

  • Ukuleles

  • Any other instrument a youth might be interested in

Instruments must:

  • Work

  • Come with all necessary parts, cables, adapters, etc.

We’d like to thank these fantastic institutions for their incredible support of the Pass the Mic program in 2019: