Training homeless & marginalized youth to be the directors of their own films and lives.
At Outside the Frame, we change the way homeless youth see and are seen by teaching them filmmaking. We are proving that homeless youth are not a liability, they are an asset to our communities. As they make their own films, they gain employable skills, and build the confidence and motivation to embrace and contribute to society.
In our film workshops, youth learn all aspects of film production and create films about issues that matter to them. Workshops are facilitated by professional filmmakers and trained program alumni who work as peer mentors.
Named 2018 Best New Nonprofit by Portland Monthly Magazine.
Presentations include original films and an unforgettable discussion with young filmmakers who have experienced homelessness. Galvanizing for students, and unique professional development for educators, policy makers, healthcare and social service providers.
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“These are the kinds of stories we need to tell at the top of our voices to get this issue in the face of the folks that are making the decisions about social investments and public policy on the national level.” -Margaret Salazar, Oregon Housing and Community Services Director
“Learning about these issues has changed what I want to do as a career.” Future Social Worker, Pacific University
“You see their potential, and through whatever magic you are working at Outside the Frame, you are lifting that potential to reality,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
Help young people experiencing homelessness tell their own stories and get them seen.
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Outside the Frame
800 NW 6th Ave. #335
Portland, OR 97209
Outside the Frame is a 501(c)3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.
Tax ID # 47-4159875.
To empower homeless and marginalized youth to educate the public about issues they face by producing films with youth that convey their experience.
Outside the Frame changes the way homeless and marginalized youth see and are seen through film.
Participants learn film making from pre-production to broadcast with mentorship of professional filmmakers.
The films produced depict issues that pertain to and are determined by the participants.
Hearing what young people have to say for themselves through screenings and presentations increases sensitivity and reduces stigma.
Technology training and job readiness experience that is competitive, relevant, creative and not typically available.
Our workshops offer a space for participants to reflect on, make sense of and share their stories.
The films align with local organizing efforts that confront systemic issues the participants face.
Outside the Frame was founded with the idea of helping homeless youth value themselves as productive members of society. We partner with excellent social service organizations to provide a much-needed creative outlet, technological training, and a sense of success that is contagious and visible to the public.
We believe that to thrive, young people need more than their basic needs met. We offer a model educational and vocational program, where young people create films about issues that matter to them and share them with the public.
Program graduates have gone on to complete their GED, enroll in college, gain employment and stable housing, and make movies.
Photo by Ty A Chance
"I’ve seen thousands of promotional videos, but this one actually feels real!"
Lori Slaughter, Development Director, Outside In.
“The students, many who weren't attending school at all before the film class, not only stayed thru the course, but are now attending school regularly. Bravo to Outside the Frame!”
-Joanna Vausberg, Art Teacher, Alliance at Benson
Editor. Per project basis.
Composer. Seeking music as original as the films.
Film industry professionals for full or half day workshops sessions or post production work.
For more information, use the form below or give us a call at (503) 662-8344.