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The I AM Learning Foundation

The Foundation provides Irvington students who are underserved, with year-round academic intervention and support. Programs offered include teacher guided small group literacy instruction and after-school clubs: Mathletes, STEAM, and Rising 5’s. Participation is based on teacher recommendations and with parent permission.

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About the Foundation

I AM Learning Foundation is a 501(c)3 family foundation established on January 1, 2022, by the Arnerich Family to continue the educational mission of the I AM Learning Partnership into the future.

Literacy Support Program

The I AM Learning Foundation provides direct literacy support to Irvington students from kindergarten to fifth grade. The Foundation works closely with Portland Public Schools,Irvington administration, and staff to support instruction with district-wide literacy goals and classroom content.

Mathletes Club

Mathletes is an after-school program offered to 3rd grade students who will benefit from additional strategies and time to master essential math skills. Students are offered targeted instruction, skill building activities, and hands on practice with manipulatives and games in a fun and supportive environment.


STEAM Club is an after-school program for 4th and 5th grade students to build and reinforce fundamental skills in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Students explore these concepts through engaging hands-on activities and experiments, as well as extensions of the classroom curriculum. Students will problem solve, work collaboratively, think creatively, and build resilience as they identify, test, and design solutions to real world problems.

Rising 5s Club

Rising 5s is an after-school program for 5th grade students, offering mentorship and enrichment activities to equip them with the tools they need to navigate middle school and beyond. Common themes include character, confidence, friendship building, goal-setting, self-efficacy and more, learned through club activities, service learning projects, and arts & crafts. By providing new experiences and positive social networks, we encourage and support students to develop as powerful, confident, independent-thinking citizens of the world.


Lori Fletcher, Executive Director