Local non-profit wins Natl. Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland non-profit that uses the arts and outdoors to mentor young people is being recognized Tuesday during a ceremony at the White House.

First Lady Michelle Obama will present the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to Caldera.

The non-profit was picked from finalists in all 50 states, and is the first Oregon program to receive the award.

Alena Nore, an alumna and student representative, will accept the award from the first lady on behalf of Caldera.

"It's going to be this overwhelming sense of gratitude and excitement, and appreciation for the program as a whole. And the opportunity to represent caldera in such a positive light," said Nore.

Alena is joined in DC by Caldera's Executive Director, Tricia Snell and Education Director, Jon Larsen.

The award is more than just prestigious, it also includes a $10,000 grant which they expect to use to help them plan the next 20 years of services.

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