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 Franklin High School. The theme of our spring 2019 after-school program is “Let’s Make an Album!” -- over 10 weeks, participating youth will make a collaborative album from start to finish.

Photo by Sarah Clark

Our pilot summer camp in 2018 featured 17 youth from 7 countries, and it was an incredible experience. (We are building our camp up, so that three times as many youth can participate in the summer of 2019.) Here are a few scenes from the showcase concert that ended the camp last year:

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: