Advancing Equity.

Inventing Excellence.


35th Birthday Bash

MESA started serving students in Oregon in the Fall of 1985 and we're celebrating this milestone with a 35th Birthday Bash, a virtual fundraiser to benefit Oregon MESA. Since 1985, Oregon MESA has invested in the potential of diverse young people. To achieve a more equitable Oregon, MESA employs invention education to empower students of color, low-income youth, and girls to achieve academic success and college enrollment.

Join us for our virtual fundraiser on September 10th, 2020 at 7:00 PM.


MESA Moving Forward: COVID-19 News & Updates

The last few weeks have been challenging for everyone as we’ve seen a dramatic shift in the lives of people across the country and in Oregon. MESA traditionally relies on bringing people physically together — from Chapter meetings to MESA Day — to build those deep connections between students, teachers, families, volunteers, and our community.

We’re evolving to meet the changing needs and constraints of these times. From taking events virtual, to communicating more frequently to MESA families, to creating new ways for volunteers to continue engaging with our program, MESA is still working to bring educational opportunities to students and families under these new circumstances. Learn more about some of these initiatives below.


Black Lives Matter

MESA was born out of the civil rights movement and we remain an equity first organization. The Oregon MESA team is black, brown, white, indigenous, asian and we will continue to stand in allyship with our Black brothers and sisters.

To our Black friends and family, we stand with you. We love you. We hope that you are able to find some time to take care of yourself, and recharge.

Read our open letter in support of the Black Lives Matter and co-sign to show your allyship.


Oregon MESA serves over 600 students and their families annually. MESA students are:

65% low-income (free/reduced lunch)

71% first-generation college bound

50% girls


We currently have programs in schools across four counties: Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah, and Washington.


OUR supporters

Oregon MESA continues to offer life-changing programs to students because of the generous grants and donations from our supporters.


MESA’s work is critical to advancing invention education. It gives young people more creative confidence, unleashes their thinking about ways to advance positive change, and maximizes their personal potential. That leads to a smarter, stronger Oregon.
- Carol Dahl, Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation

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