We are THRIVE. We are a generation of young people seeking to create bridges across culture, language and nationality. We seek connections that allow us to celebrate, honor, and share our humanity. Through our collaborative cultural exchanges, we endeavor to build a more compassionate, inclusive world. We are THRIVE, and we are bigger than any border, status or ideology.

Based in the Portland Metropolitan area, Thrive is a youth-driven, peer-to-peer mentoring program which works collaboratively with various refugee resettlement agencies to pair local Portland area youth with immigrant and refugee teens. Guided by RAIN’s trauma-informed curriculum, students facilitate discussions, prepare educational workshops, and share their cultures through language, music, art, sports and food. Local Thrivers also host school tours for newly arrived mentors and together pursue opportunities for civic engagement with community organizations. Through the Thrive Program, youth gain the skills, knowledge, and understanding to become our next generation of compassionate, culturally engaged leaders.

“This program allows refugee and unaccompanied refugee youth to feel proud of their culture and that they have something of interest to offer to the “regular” high school students in the community. For them to have this opportunity to feel like regular teenagers is wonderful.”

Mark,

Case Manager

“This is an incredible experience! It’s so cool to meet people from around the world and see that they’re just like us!”

Samir,

Age 16, Catlin Gable High School

“The mission that thrive has, the mission that works to bring cultures and people together, is something that closely coincides with many of my morals. ”

Sophia,

Age 16, Catlin Gable High School

Interested in joining our local team?

We’re looking for compassionate, friendly leaders looking to connect with newly arrived/refugee Thrivers! Successful applicants are expected to attend a 3 hour orientation training and attend 2+ Thrive events each month. You’ll gain invaluable training and experience with compassionate leadership, learn about diverse cultures and journeys, and help build a stronger, more welcoming community.

If you are….

• between the ages of 15 and 21
• friendly, open-minded, curious
• passionate about human rights
• interested in cultural exchange
• second language a plus, but not required!

Meet Layton,
Thrive Youth Leader

Layton is a senior at the Catlin Gabel School. She enjoys soccer, spending time in the outdoors, playing violin, and baking. She loves Thrive because she can meet new people and learn with them and from them.

For community organizations, resettlement agencies, high schools, local mosques or religious institutions, please contact us to discuss partnership and referrals. Complete the Thrive form, or email our Program Coordinator: thrive@raininternational.org.

We also invite local musicians, artists, businesses and language professionals to contact us to see how to get involved and participate in Thrive workshops, programming or sponsorship. Complete the Thrive form, or email our Program Coordinator: thrive@raininternational.org.

Check out some of our past events below!

Meet Katie,
Social Media Intern

Katie is a senior at Catlin Gabel School. She loves dancing, singing, and spending time with friends and family. She joined Thrive to connect with different and new people, hoping to share her culture as well as learn from theirs.