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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

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Jan 15, 2019
An Easy Way to Give

You can donate to us every time you use shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon. If you link your Fred Meyer Rewards card or Amazon account on Amazon Smile to Janus Youth, we will get a percentage of the price of eligible purchases. It is that simple! Click these links to enroll in Fred Meyer and AmazonSmile community rewards programs and start giving to Janus Youth Programs!

Dec 12, 2018
Visit The Sharing Tree at Washington Square Mall & Look for Janus Youth With the Red Dot on Gift Tag

The Sharing Tree at Washington Square Mall is a great way to make sure each of our youth has a gift to open on Christmas morning. Just pick an ornament from the tree located in the Nordstrom wing, near Williams-Sonoma and purchase the item listed on the tag. These gifts are distributed to Janus and eight other charities throughout the Portland metro area. Each year, more than 4,500 gifts are given to those in need through the Washington Square Sharing Tree. 

Nov 28, 2018
Ending Youth Homelessness

Every night, our downtown Portland shelters are home to youth ages 16-24 who have no other place to go. Youth often line up outside the door at 8:30 pm, hoping to get a bed and a meal for the night. Not everyone gets in. With a limit of 60 beds, the shelter can only accommodate 60 youth each night. During the winter months, there are an additional 10 beds. This year alone, the shelters housed and fed over 500 youth. While our shelters are running at full capacity and our street outreach workers are out every night providing warm clothing and crisis-intervention services, there are some positive shifts affecting the numbers and demographics of homeless youth in Multnomah County.

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