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Apr 13, 2016

Board of Directors, President Spotlight Kevin Huish

Kevin Huish has served as President of the Janus Board of Directors since 2013 and a Board member since 2008. We appreciate the time he took to answer our questions for this Board of Directors Spotlight.

What inspired you to join the Janus Board of Directors?

When I moved to Portland in 2007 from Central California, I was looking for a volunteer opportunity that would support my desire to give back to the community. One of the first things I noticed was the number of homeless youth I saw on the streets here. I felt a strong desire to do something to help change their lives. Dave Jarmin, a Janus Board member and an old friend and mentor, introduced me to Janus. I was immediately impressed with the mission and goals of Janus to help youth like those I saw on the street. I also liked the fact that Janus supports LGBTQ kids. I wanted those kids to know that the Janus Board is diverse and someone on the Board cares for them and looks out for their representation.

You have served three terms as Board of Directors President. What keeps you signing up each term?

It has been a good fit for me to be Board President. I like having the opportunity to work with everyone at Janus, the administration group and all the employees. It gives me a chance to learn more and engaged with the Janus family.

What are your goals as Board President this year?

I’d like to see the Janus name become better known in the community. Many people know the individual programs like Yellow Brick Road, Harry’s Mother or Cordero House. But they usually don’t know that these programs are part of the Janus organization. I want people to know that Janus is a major player in supporting youth through their diverse programs. By increasing the exposure of Janus, it will increase the financial contributions through corporations, groups and individuals.

What do you enjoy most in your role as Board President?

I enjoy interacting with the program directors and learning firsthand what they do every day to change the lives of so many youth. I am humbled by the work they and their staff do daily. It is intense work, approaching youth who live on the streets, providing a safe haven for youth who have been sex trafficked and teaching child development to young parents. Once at a Board meeting, we were listening to a young mom talk about her experience in the Insights Teen Parent program. After she spoke for a few minutes she stopped and said, "Why are you interested in my story? Who are you?" It was a pivotal moment for her to realize that there are people, like the Janus Board members, who are interested in her well-being. 

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May 22, 2017
Scholarships Awarded To Our Youth

On May 17th, the Janus Board of Directors, staff and community members honored 15 youth in our programs who were recipients of our scholarship awards. Now in its sixteenth year, the scholarships open the door to education for our youth by helping to pay for school expenses such as tuition, books and rent.

This year’s scholarship recipients are from an array of Janus programs including Insights Teen Parent Program, Imani House, Changes, Annex I, Harry’s Mother and Hope Partnership. Special thanks to Robert Gootee and Moda Health for their support in launching the Scholarship Fund in 2001 and to Joanne Senders—a generous donor who established the Joanne Senders Scholarship Fund.  

Photo: Left to right: Jeremy Ericksen, Thomas Spisla, Christian Ford, Griffin Thomas, Robert Gootee, Gustavo Portillo-Soto, Fariborz Pakseresht, Dennis Morrow and Dalon Murray. Not pictured: Alejandra Hernandez, Nicholas Schafer, Elishah Eduardo Asbaugh, Johnathan Baker, Cayce French, Robert Miller, Agustin Estrada-Vargas, Ezequiel Vasquez, and Bailey Allman.

May 08, 2017
Youth Voices—In Their Own Words

My experience at Cordero House was one of the most significant events to have happened to me. Let me start with a background of who I am. I came from a small village in the countryside of El Salvador. At a young age, I learned to be independent, going to school and helping with the daily chores. I moved to the city for a very brief moment before flying to the U.S. At first, I felt strange and overwhelmed with everyone and everything around me. As time went by, I found myself in a state of confusion. Alone, I had no one to turn to ask for help. Instead, I did things that to this day I regret. Such events led to me spending time in a youth corrections facility.

May 01, 2017
Employee Spotlight—Angie Corll

Angie knows what it feels like to run away. She did it for years, running away from abusive and neglectful homes, opting for freedom and danger of the streets over security. This life on the run led her down many dark paths for years until she became the kid that no one wanted to take in. Finally, in 1993, with the help of her probation officer, she entered a Janus residential program. That was a turning point. Says Angie, “I was blessed to have been given a second chance.” Now she works as a Youth Care Specialist at our Oak Grove shelter in SW Washington, helping youth who are facing similar life crisis as she did. We talked to Angie to find out how her experiences has prepared her to serve our youth.

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