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Jun 26, 2018

Scholarships Awarded to Our Youth

Paying for education is hard on many young people, but it is particularly difficult for youth in our programs who do not have the financial resources or support to pay for their education. Janus’ Scholarships for Success Program helps to ease that financial burden. Now in its 17th year, the program opens the door to education for Janus youth. Since 2001, when the scholarship program began, 97 scholarships have been awarded. On June 25, 2018, the Janus Board of Directors, staff and community members honored 9 youth in our programs who received scholarship awards at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

Over the years, the awards have helped youth pay for typical school expenses— tuition, books and rent—as well as vocational education expenses such as barber shop tools. This year, the program provided a scholarship to an incarcerated youth completing his Masters of Business Administration degree.

The scholarships have assisted youth across the span of our more than 20 programs, from teen parents to homeless youth. It all began back in 2001 when Robert Gootee, Moda Health CEO, envisioned The Scholarships Program. He approached Janus’ Executive Director, Dennis Morrow, with the idea of providing funding for youth who have little or no access to the resources or support necessary to pursue higher education or a trade. His passion and commitment were pivotal in helping to launch the program. Later in 2014, Joanne Senders became an important contributor to the program, establishing the Joanne Senders Scholarship Fund. Thanks to their generosity, The Scholarships for Success Program thrives and is now a living endowment at The Oregon Community Foundation where it will continue to support future Janus Youth Program recipients.

This year’s scholarship recipients are from Hope Partnership and Cordero Residential Programs. Hope Partnership, based at the Oregon Youth Authority’s MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, provides normalizing experiences to help youth prepare for successful transitions back into the community through workshops, groups and classes focused on the arts, writing, public speaking, education and vocational training. The Cordero Residential Program provides mental health, educational and counseling services to young men ages 13-19 under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Youth Authority. 

Photo, left to right: Trina Strand, Director Cordero & Imani Residences; Dakota; Kathleen Fullerton, Hope Partnership Project Coordinator; Gustavo; Joe O’Leary, Director, Oregon Youth Authority; Thomas; Fariborz Pakseresht, Director, Dept. of Human Services; Dennis Morrow, Executive Director, Janus Youth and Robert Gootee, CEO Moda Health


Aug 29, 2018
Rivera House Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Over a year ago, the idea of creating a new and unique residential and re-entry program for LGBTQ youth began to take root. With the help of our partners from the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) and the countless hours staff dedicated to purchasing and updating a residence, the Rivera House was born. Today, the Rivera House is fully staffed and houses up to nine residents who are transitioning from the custody of OYA to independence. The goal of the program is to prepare youth leaving incarceration to become law-abiding, successful members of the community while addressing the special needs of LGBTQ youth. We spoke to the Rivera House Program Director, Deven Edgerton to share his thoughts about the program on this one-year anniversary.

Aug 02, 2018
Dinner in the Vines - SOLD OUT!

Tickets for Dinner in the Vines are sold out! The benefit event takes place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4 - 8 pm at ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon. Thank you to all of our supporters who purchased tickets. Our guests will enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest, four-course dinner, selected wine pourings from ArborBrook Vineyards and live jazz.

Jul 26, 2018
Enter Our Wine Drawing!

Stock up your wine collection while supporting Janus Youth Programs! Take this opportunity to win over 50 bottles of great wine from all over the world! This year’s wine drawing includes an incredible variety of wines from California, Washington, Oregon, Italy, France and Spain! Enjoy amazing Pinots from Stoller, Domain Drouhin and Angela Estates, Cabernets from L’Ecole and Mount Veeder, Bordeaux from the St. Emilion region and Chianti and Barolo from Italy! We’ve even thrown in four bottles of Champagne and a few special bottles each worth the price of the ticket on their own! (A 1997 Woodward Canyon Cabernet and a Quilceda Creek CVR.)

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