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After-school program in Portland honored at White House

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First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2015 NAHYPA. First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2015 NAHYPA.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Twelve after-school programs from across the U.S. and one from Honduras, received honors at the White House on Tuesday. One of the after-school programs is located in Portland.

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

Among those youth programs receiving an award was the Portland youth mentoring program, Caldera.

The annual ceremony recognizes after-school programs that use the arts and humanities to engage youth to become better citizens and students.

Each U.S. based program received $10,000 and an award.

"We know that these programs don't just expose kids to the arts and humanities, they teach skills like problem solving and discipline and team work, and these skills aren't just important in the photo lab or on stage. They're also critical in the classroom, they will be critical in the boardroom and frankly, they're schools that you'll use when you wind up here one day at the White House," said Michelle Obama.

The awards are presented each year in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities and The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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