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May 31, 2016

2016 Scholarship Awards

On May 25, Janus awarded 12 scholarships to youth in several of our programs. This is the 15th year of awarding scholarships that open the door to education for the youth we work with. For some youth that may mean enrolling in a technical training program, a community college, a 4-year university, even medical school. Since launching the fund in 2001, 73 scholarships have been awarded.

These scholarships are meant to fill in the gaps for students who are struggling to finance their education without financial support from their families. The 12 recipients will use the scholarships to help pay for tuition, books, rent and tools for an apprenticeship program. One youth is planning on using her scholarship towards finishing her BS degree at PSU so she can pursue a medical degree at OHSU. Another youth is enrolled at Mt. Hood Community College next fall to become a physical therapist. And a youth at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility plans to purchase professional barber tools that will enable him to successfully transition to the community and secure employment when he is released from McLaren.

This year’s scholarship recipients are from various Janus programs including Insights Teen Parent Program, Cordero House, Bridge House, The Hope Partnership, Changes and Food Works. Congratulations to all of you!

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Apr 25, 2017
Janus Awarded Grant for Human Trafficking Services and Outreach in Washington

Sex trafficking, while well known in Portland, is a growing concern in Southwest Washington’s Clark County. Thanks to a recently awarded grant of $206,101 from The Washington State Office of Crime Victims Advocacy, Department of Commerce—Janus will have more resources and services to provide to Clark County youth who are victims of sexual exploitation/sex trafficking. The grant will fund Outreach Specialists and a Case Manager focused on providing support and assistance to these youth to help them get out of the life. Janus Youth Programs was one of only three recipients to receive a grant award from the Crime Victims Advocacy.

Apr 10, 2017
​Fostering Healthy Families for Young Parents

Starting a family at any age is a life-changing event, but becoming a parent at a young age presents its own unique challenges. To help young parents with this major life-changing transition, Insights Teen Parent Services offers child development and parent education programs through home visiting services.

Apr 04, 2017
Employee Spotlight—Terrell Berry

Every day, homeless youth struggle to survive on the streets. Terrell Berry, Outreach Specialist for our Washington State Program knows what it feels like—he was once one of them. Growing up in Long Beach, California, he and his family faced bouts of homelessness. This experience led him to study sociology in college and later, provided him with the insights needed to work with at-risk youth. According to Bettina Boles, Program Supervisor for The Perch and Yellow Brick Road, WA, “Terrell is a caring listener and attuned to the empathetic needs of the youth that he works with. His unique style creates an ease for youth to engage with him, which is just a small part of what makes him such an awesome Outreach Specialist.” We talked to Terrell to find out more about how he is serving our youth in SW Washington.

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