This year, South Salem High School seniors Esha Puri, Luke Clifton and Pranav Ramesh founded a nonprofit to provide tutoring for students across the state.

The program, Connect Oregon Students, is a free, online service. Through the program, younger students are connected with high school tutors who can help them with their work. Students in elementary, middle and high school have access to this resource.

The tutors can help with a wide range of topics, including mathematics, science, history, English, Spanish, French, German, and more. Each of these topics can be tailored to the students’ grade level and ability.

The trio began Connect Oregon Students when schools closed in the spring due to the global pandemic. They, themselves, found it difficult to make the transition to online school and thought that younger students would likely be struggling too. So, the nonprofit began.

See an interview with the students on Portland’s KGW News 8.

The program originally served only Salem-Keizer students, particularly from local elementary schools. However, they have since expanded to serve students across the state, and more recently, in Southwest Washington and Northern California as well.

In the fall of 2020 they also began two new campaigns along with continued tutoring. Those campaigns, Vigor for Vitality and Tougher Together, are designed to provide peer support to students in need. The two campaigns focus on promoting healthy eating and supporting students’ mental health during these difficult times.

We are incredibly impressed by their dedication and vision. They are providing much needed support opportunities to students in these uncertain times. Luke, Esha and Pranav you have a bright future and I am so excited to see what you achieve next.