Grow Your Own Program

Circle with the words Grow Your Own & We see you with a tree made of hands

Are you a David Douglas student, employee, or community member interested in becoming a teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker? Click here to fill out an interest form for our district’s Grow Your Own Program.

GYO Program Assistance & Support

The David Douglas GYO program offers tuition assistance and individualized navigation support to district students, employees, and/or community members who are interested in pursuing a degree in teaching, school counseling, school psychology, or school social work. We connect with and support ALL applicants on their educational pathway. We PRIORITIZE assistance for applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and/or who speak a language other than English. Why? See our program purpose below.

GYO Program Purpose

The David Douglas School District is among the most broadly diverse in Oregon. We are 64% students of color, including Latinx, Asian, Black, Indigenous, and students who identify as multiracial. Our students speak dozens of different languages from across the world.  Diversity is arguably our greatest strength as a school district.

But when we talk about our amazing diversity, we are talking mainly about our students and their families. Only 16% of licensed staff, 27% of classified staff, and 21% of administrators identify as non-White. Though it is slowly growing year after year, our staff diversity does not align with our families.

For the sake of our students, our families and our staff, this needs to change. Research is clear that students benefit when educators better reflect their own demographics. Our GYO program is one step toward that end.

Staff of Color Freedom Dream #3: We want to build a district culture that is unapologetic about hiring staff of color to increase representation of our student population.

GYO Educational Pathways

Flow chart for Grow your Own candidates with a High School Diploma.

Do you have a High School diploma or GED? Click here to see our High School pathway.

Do you have some college credit or an Associate’s Degree? Click here to see our Associate’s pathway.

Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree? Click here to see our Bachelor’s pathway.

GYO News

Building GYO Financial Literacy

An image of GYO participants in a Financial Aid and Scholarship Workshop

Throughout the month of January, dozens of GYO participants took part in a series of Financial Aid and Scholarship work sessions offered in our district office. Together, we learned the WHY, WHAT, and HOW of applying for financial aid to fund our educational pathways. Importantly, we determined that learning how to use financial aid tools will not only help us as individuals. It will also help us help our families, communities, and future generations of BIPOC and multilingual educators fund their education. See more information on applying for financial aid and links to resources here.

Asian & Indigenous Student Unions Visit Portland State University

An image of David Douglas students visiting the Pacific Islander Asian American Center at PSU

David Douglas High School students from the Asian and Indigenous Student Unions recently visited Portland State University and learned about the many opportunities available for them to pursue a degree at this institution. Students toured the College of Education and learned about how the Grow Your Own program can support them if they choose education as a career. The highlight of the visit was a tour of the Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American Student Center, where they met with representatives of a variety of Asian and Indigenous campus student groups.

GYO College Partners for a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching

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GYO College Partners for Masters Degrees in Teaching

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  • Master of Art in Teaching Elementary Education
  • Evening in-person classes
  • Program Website, includes admissions requirements
  • Contact Alex Brennan-Arnopol (gseadmit@lclark.edu)

GYO College Partners for Masters Degrees in School Counseling

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