Pass the Mic – Immigrant Youth Outreach

Pass the Mic is a free program that provides immigrant youth with high-quality and culturally responsive music education and mentorship by experienced Portland musicians. Students are encouraged to express themselves in front of their peers and communities, and they learn how to collaborate creatively with each other. Pass the Mic has two components: an after-school program with both APANO and David Douglas High School and a summer camp held at an area school.

Our 2nd annual summer camp in 2019 featured youth from around the world. Click here to read a wonderful piece from Donald Orr of Oregon Public Radio on the camp. You can also listen to the piece here (though the link has a more full text version and some cool photos):

Here’s a brief video about our 2019 camp from our friends at NW Documentary:

Your support will help us provide music, leadership, and mentorship opportunities and get instruments in the hands of youth who have a lot to say to us. Donate your old, extra, or unused instruments to Pass the Mic, and we’ll get them into the hands of local immigrant youth!

We are especially interested in receiving:

  • Guitars (electric and acoustic)
  • Basses
  • Practice amps
  • Horns
  • Drum kits, hand drums, misc. percussion
  • Ukuleles
  • Keyboards

Instruments must work and come with all necessary parts, cables, adapters, etc.

Please drop us a line if you have instruments to donate! To learn more about Pass the Mic, please contact Program Director Wilson Vediner at

Click below to make a tax-deductible contribution to Pass the Mic!



You can also make a donation by check. Please make the check payable to Ethos, Inc. and send to: Ethos Music Center, 2 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon 97217 with “Pass the Mic” in the memo line.


Thank you to our supporters!




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Founded in 1998, Ethos provides group classes, private lessons, summer camps and music outreach programs to over 7,000 youth across Oregon. Ethos has been named one of the top 50 after school arts programs by the President’s Commission for the Arts and Humanities on 8 separate occasions.

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