For three decades, the TLC-TnT program has served thousands of school aged youth with summer day camps, featuring activities aimed at engaging young people in positive, meaningful experiences in and around their community.
In the beginning, Faye Palmerton, then a teacher with Portland Public Schools, and Roy Pittman, former director of Peninsula Park, combined their unique leadership skills to partner together to bring the first TLC-TnT summer camp to fruition in the summer of 1986.
Making this celebration even more special is the fact that as the years passed, TLC-TnT has provided summer camp experiences to a sizable number of children whose parents were once campers themselves. It is this cross-generational connection between parent and child that illustrates the continuing impact that this program has made on the local community in North-Northeast Portland.
It also has helped hundreds of high school and college aged counselors become first generation high school graduates and provided support to help many of these counselors become the first in their family to enter college. Throughout the school year, Faye Palmerton has logged hundreds of hours of her time to support these students as they continue their dream of high school graduation and attaining a college degree.
In 1986 the TLC-TnT program began as a gang prevention program, creating a working partnership between Portland Public Schools and Portland Parks and Recreation. This partnership between the school district and the local park bureau has become a national model for other programs in other cities.
Please come celebrate the first 30-years of TLC-TnT ‘s work and the positive results of that work within the North-Northeast Portland communities since 1986. Come be a part of kicking off the next 30 years of service and continuing commitment to the youth in this community.