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Aug 11, 2015

Free Street Outreach Training August 16

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Time: 2 pm - 5 pm

Location: Downtown Portland

Cost: Free

Yellow Brick Road is hosting a free training event on Sunday, August 16, open to anyone in the community over age 18. The event will run from 2 to 5 pm with a light lunch provided.

Meet our Outreach Specialist trainers Neal Sand and Bettina Souders who will provide an introduction to the concepts of Trauma Informed Care and Vicarious Trauma. We will discuss:

  • How do we put Trauma Informed Care into practice? 
  • How is past trauma reactivated or triggered? 
  • How can you recognize when someone is being triggered? 
  • What is Vicarious Trauma? 
  • What are the common misconceptions we tell ourselves to convince us we are okay? 
  • How can we implement sustainable self-care practices in our lives? 

We hope you will join us for this great opportunity to learn more about street outreach, volunteer opportunities and other topics related to youth homelessness, poverty, exploitation and social justice.

Seating is limited, please RSVP to dlundberg@janusyouth.org to reserve your spot and get the address.

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Jan 18, 2018
Employee Spotlight—Washington Outreach Specialists

Every day our Outreach Specialists in Washington are busy serving homeless youth who have no one else to turn to. The team of three staff—Keeva Haverkost, Jessica Villasenor, and Jean Withers—work like a well-oiled machine, supporting each other so they can provide high quality service to youth. All of them are passionate about their work. Bettina Boles, Program Supervisor of The Perch and Yellow Brick Road Washington, says of her team, “Each person brings their unique contribution and special reason to work as an Outreach Specialist.” According to Bettina, the team has multifaceted roles— hosting The Perch—our drop-in center for youth—conducting street outreach for Yellow Brick Road, Washington and leading educational presentations that help the community better understand human trafficking and its impact in Clark County.

Jan 09, 2018
Youth Spotlight—Noah Schultz and his” Inspiring Action Tour”

Noah Schultz is a 25-year old graduate of the Hope Partnership program who served 7.5 years in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA). While at the MacLaren Correctional Facility, Noah received two Bachelor of Arts degrees. Since his release in October 2016, he has become an outspoken youth advocate, with a passion to drive reform in our justice system, inspiring hope, action and humanizing the stories of the incarcerated. In November 2017, Noah completed a two-month “Inspiring Action Tour” at ten correctional facilities throughout the U.S. where he showed the award-winning documentary film about him, “Perception from Prison to Purpose.” He is co-owner of Forgotten Culture Clothing and co-founder of Verbal Escape. Noah spoke to us about his tour.

Dec 18, 2017
Sixth Grader Organizes Sock Drive For Janus Youth

Eleven-year old Quentin Brown organized a winter sock drive at his school, Cascade Heights Public Charter School, collecting 582 pairs of socks for our youth. This is his second year organizing the sock drive.

 Last year, Janus awarded Quentin the “Stars for Kids Award” for his contributions to our youth. Each year on his birthday, Quentin asks family members to give him gifts that he can donate to Portland’s homeless youth. Rather than getting toys and games, Quentin gets socks, water bottles, hats and scarfs that he packs up in a bin and brings down to the Janus administrative office. Last year, he even brought a little piggy bank with all of his savings and gave it to Janus. He has been doing this for seven years now. By thinking of the needs of others, he sets an example for his peers, family and community, showing the impact kids have on helping other kids. Quentin demonstrates that acts of kindness can be cultivated at a young age. 

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