Board of Directors Information


Commitment Level:

The initial purpose of the BoD is to complete all elements of the 501c3 application process. Our first meeting will be in January/February where we will look at this process, craft the mission statement (working one stated below), review/edit the bylaws, and complete all necessary paperwork. Moving forward we will meet four times per year as the BoD, the primary goal being to make sure that we are still working towards the stated mission. We will have other teams that incorporate more community members that will address fundraising, events, marketing, and programming. A Board of Director's meeting may hear input/updates from these teams, but will focus on the organization’s adherence to the stated mission of the organization.

Current Mission Statement:

Cada Casa International’s mission is to facilitate impassioned learning opportunities and community development through classes, workshops, and events. Our goal is to redefine education as a life-long process that best comes from the sharing of one's passion. Through after-school classes, partnering with other organizations in the community, partnering with local schools, or simply connecting those who want to teach with those who want to learn.

What we are doing now:

Currently we are preparing for our 2019 Winter lineup: We have two after school classes starting on January 31st: Digital Music Production and Free-Form Fashion Design These classes have received grants from the Beaverton Education Foundation, matching 1:1 with First Tech Credit Union, and the Beaverton High Success Fund. We will also be hosting a music/art show on January 25th that showcases local youth hip-hop, spoken word poetry from BHS’ Dam Mag, pop up fashion, live painting, and more. This summer we will be taking a group of students to Colombia as part of an international educational exploration. Creative-laureate, Jason Graham (MOsley WOtta) will be returning to Beaverton High for his second and third element of the Spoken Poetry is Transformational workshop which reaches over 200 students. Other classes in the planning stages including the Science of Coffee Roasting and Brewing, hip-hop dance ensemble, and many more.

Cada Casa started in 2010 in Bend, OR as a way to organize community-art classes for the PoetHouse art collective. Since, it has provided inspired classes and workshops for thousands of students throughout Oregon, and internationally as well. We work with schools to write grants and host workshops and classes. Our events bring together many groups in the community.

What we have done in the past:

The most immediate goal is to reform the Board of Directors to reflect the community in the Portland-metro area and to complete the 501c3 process. Next, we would like to expand our programming to include more classes at more schools. Simultaneously, we would like to begin the accreditation process so that students may begin to receive credits for these classes. In the Fall of 2019, we would like to begin to offer Career Education Training classes for both front and back of house restaurant employment. We hope to expand funding to potential investors, new grant sources, and public education funding. In 2020 we hope to have our own facility to host classes and community events. We believe that these goals are all realistic, and something that Beaverton and the greater Washington-county would appreciate and embrace. The first step though is action through the Board of Directors.

What we want to do in the future: