Making a Dash

Is the first and only private foundation in Portland dedicated exclusively to provide barber scholarships for young African Americans.

We aims to help and guide them towards their professional future, in the search for an equal society, generating prosperity by promoting social well-being.

In 2018, nearly one third of African American’s students lived in poverty (32% The percentage of lived in households where the highest level of education attained by either parent was a bachelor’s or higher.

We want to help you to have a better future…

Our Vision

It is part of our role as a training entity to develop the individual in all areas, be they educational, political and social. We must transform ourselves into a society that guarantees equality, that is based on a basic education of quality for all, that respects our children and adolescents, that cultivates opportunities and that forms citizens capable of demanding and contributing with their own role, for a better life and for the community.

Our Mission


Our mission is to provide high quality education and training, help students develop skills and master barbering techniques, develop new skills and open doors to a new and rewarding future.

Making a Dash wants to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. Our citizenship and sustainability practices are an important part of these responsibilities and a priority.

Our Values

Social justice

Roughly a quarter of African American's have a bachelor's degree

According to

1 %
Hight School or Less
1 %
Academic degree
1 %
bachelor's degree

You can help build a better society

The program will offer scholarships per year, with full coverage of the value of the courses, which have 144 classes a year and requires an estimated dedication of four hours of study weekly. In one year, the participating students will graduate with a specialization in barbering.

With your help, we can make a better community, contributing to the development of tomorrow’s youth.

More than offering specific activities in the scope of social assistance, our foundation aims to transform people’s quality of life.

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    162 N Hayden Bay Dr,
    Portland, OR 97217, EUA

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