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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


Nov 12, 2018
Share The Season Of Giving

It's not too early to start thinking about giving for the holidays. Over 600 children and youth call Janus Youth Programs home every day. You can make their season brighter. Here are a few ideas:

  • Adopt a shelter or residential program: Provide gifts ($40 or less) for 12 youth in Portland or Vancouver/Cowlitz. We will provide a holiday wish list with names and ages.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation and leave the shopping to us!
  • Organize a donation drive: Purchase new blankets, jackets, socks or winter weather gear for homeless youth in need.

Contact us by completing this form and email to

Oct 24, 2018
Do Your Shopping While Giving To Janus!

Take advantage of an exclusive opportunity to shop at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store where most products are at least 40% off—and Columbia will donate 5% of your purchase to Janus.

This offer is valid from November 12th through December 2nd, 2018 and requires an invitation. Stop by the Janus Admin office at 707 NE Couch Street to pick one up or send an email to and we will email or put one in the mail to you.

Oct 17, 2018
Insights Celebrates Their 10 Year Anniversary

“We know young parents can be great parents,” says Insights Teen Parent Services Director, Tiffany Tucker. Tiffany has been the Program Director since Insights joined Janus in 2008. We talked with Tiffany to find out more about Insights’ Programs.

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