Our Mission

The LEARN Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities to enrich the lives of young adults through education, global awareness, and life-expanding learning experiences.

The organization was established in 2012 by José da Silva, at the time the principal of a middle school in Eugene, Oregon. The vision of the organization was to establish an on-going source of mini-grants available to young people to increase access to educational activities and projects. The name “LEARN” is an acronym that both reflects the ideology of the organization and that underpin a comprehensive education:

Life-long learners
Education for social justice and sustainability
Awareness of self and the global environment
Respect for the interconnection of all cultures and beings
Networking locally and globally