Pennies for Peace

PAST&E Scholar Athletes are participating in a Pennies for Peace campaign now through February 20th. Pennies for Peace is a service-learning program designed to broaden our students' cultural horizons while teaching them about their capacities as philanthropists - one penny at a time.

Pennies for Peace is a program affiliated with the Central Asia Institute (CAI), that promotes and provides community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Central Asia. Founded in 1996, CIA has built, to date, nearly 100 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which serve more than 28,000 students - over 14,000 of whom are girls. How can a penny bring peace? It doesn't buy much in our community. However, in the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan, a penny can buy a pencil, start an education, and transform a life. In a region where terrorist organizations recruit uneducated, illiterate children, that pencil can empower a child to read, write, and learn. The goal of PAST&E's involvement in the Pennies for Peace program is to encourage our scholar athletes, who are ultimately our future leaders, to learn the value of philanthropy by collecting pennies for global peace.

Our scholar athletes will join tens of thousands of students around the world who are participating in the Pennies for Peace program and who are working together to become members of a global family dedicated to peace. Pennies will be collected and deposited by scholar athletes in each classroom. Who will collect more "pennies for peace"...the Chimps? Elephants? or Cheetahs?

To learn more about Pennies for Peace visit:

A Message from Our Executive Director

5th Grader Kassandra receiving an award for her Arthur Ashe Essay

Last year, Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) negotiated a 20 year lease agreement with the City of Portland to operate St. Johns Racquet Center. Now, our innovative youth development program has a permanent home. This bold move allows us step up our academic tutoring, athletic training and parent involvement with more program hours and parent tennis lessons. But there's still more to be done...

You've heard the Portland Public Schools reports: low-income children are experiencing only a 56% high school graduation rate. You are helping us change that statistic!

Our established partnership with North Portland Schools where over 84% of the children qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, and our work with teachers and after-school coordinators enables us to reach out to the most at-risk youth. Every student's family must apply for PAST&E year round scholarships for our tuition-free program, and in a well structured and safe environment children receive tutoring, learn academic strategies and life skills to foster self-sufficiency.

The impact of our program is measurable through our careful monitoring of attendance, grades, physical fitness, athletic enthusiasm and parent participation. And with a 100% high school graduation rate, our 22 graduates who have all gone on to 4 year colleges are setting the best example for our current scholar athletes. Children like Kassandra, a 5th grader who earned her scholarship 4 years ago, has seen their achievements and knows that she too can succeed in high school and college.

Because of your support...At PAST&E every child believes they can achieve in academics, athletics and life skills and with that...they will succeed.

So please click here to make a financial contribution today to help at risk youth in becoming scholar athletes.

When you give to PAST&E, you are joining the team of coach/tutors, parents, teachers, volunteers, businesses, foundations, national associations and community supporters who are dedicated to the success of every child.

Thank you for your support.


Danice Brown
Executive Director

P.S. We're changing the game for at-risk children in North Portland, will you make a donation today to help ensure children are prepared for academic and athletic success?

Calling All Golfers and Golf Enthusiasts!

Are you a golfer, or do you know a golf enthusiast?
If so Portland After-School Tennis & Education is pleased to provide a great opportunity to our supporters. This Holiday, you can purchase a WinCo Foods Portland Open Foursome Package AND 4 rounds of golf at Ghost Creek and support PAST&E's year round programs at the same time!

Tickets for the WinCo Foods Portland Open are available only through the "Tickets Fore Charity" program, which means that every dollar of the purchase price of tickets goes directly to PAST&E. So you know that your donation will go the distance!

Follow the link to purchase the "Player's Package" and other great ticket packages today! And thanks for your support!
WinCo Foods Portland Open, Tickets Fore Charity

Create Scholar Athletes Through Tennis & Education

A tennis center is really a means of socializing the youth who use it; to help build character, self-confidence, and enhance their self image.
- Arthur Ashe

Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) uses tennis, a sport for life, as a vehicle for change for at-risk youth at the St. Johns Racquet Center in North Portland.

Making tennis accessible has helped PAST&E build a team environment involving parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers in the development of each scholar athlete. Join PAST&E and Player's Racquet Shop of Beaverton and you can receive great incentives from Player's and the Give!Guide.

$10 & up Yummy gifts from the Give!Guide
$50 & up Player’s Racquet Shop Gift
$100 & up Player’s Racquet Shop Re-String (a great value!)
$500 & up Player's Racquet Shop $75 Footwear Gift Card

Give to PAST&E through the Willamette Week Give!Guide (you'll find us by our full name or listed in Education!) and check out the other incentives at!

Give to PAST&E today at and support at-risk youth from low income families in becoming scholar athletes!

Help PAST&E Combat Summer Learning Loss and Childhood Obesity

Dear Friend,

It's not too late to help low-income children stay safe, active, and learning this summer!

Your contribution to PAST&E today will enable "scholar athletes" like Franciso, Kassandra, Holli, Tsiyon, and Alberto (pictured) to participate in our nine-week "Serving Up Success" Summer Program at St. Johns Racquet Center (SJRC).

With full days of writing, math, history, art, science, fitness, tennis, and more, our rigorous activities keep at-risk children academically engaged, physically fit, and safe from the dangers of gang activity in their neighborhoods while their parents work.