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Apr 10, 2015

Hope Partnership Youth Wins National Student Writing Competition

Think of the things you worry about. What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
        -The YES! Magazine Writing Prompt 

Noah Schultz has been part of the Hope Partnership program at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility for nearly five years and on the Youth Leadership Council for four. He participates in many of the personal and professional development groups the program offers including writing, slam poetry and public speaking and is studying through Oregon State University's online program with a double major in human development and sustainability.

But it was through Portland State University's "Inside Out" program that he entered an essay in the YES! National Student Writing Competition, responding to the writing prompt about the role of worry in his life. Noah’s essay was selected from all college student entries as the winner of the University category and has been published on the YES! Magazine website and in their online education newsletter.

Hope Partnership Project Coordinator Kathleen Fullerton describes how Noah has progressed from being a youth participant to a co-worker and intern, writing curriculum and working diligently to change the paradigm of juvenile justice.

“Noah is a brilliant, driven, funny and wise young man and I'm privileged to have worked with him in our program. I have read many of his works, listened to his poetry, watched him grow, repair harm, and fix his heart on his many goals. I have no doubt he will achieve everything he sets out to do,” said Fullerton.

“He is one of our many young men who is changing, not only his life, but the lives of those around him through diligent commitment to self-improvement and service to others.”

Read Noah's essay "Blessing in Disguise" on the YES! Magazine website.


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.

Nov 26, 2018
​Employee Spotlight—Gina McConnell

Gina knows what it feels like to run away. She did it at age 12 to avoid abuse at home, but like so many youth on the street, she quickly became a target for sex trafficking. After many years “in the life,” she spent time in prison where she befriended a person who said to her when she was released, “I need you to go out there and be our voice.” This was a pivotal moment for Gina and from that point on, she was committed to helping youth who have experienced similar trauma as she did. Today she works in the Cowlitz County Youth Services Program as a case manager for sexually-exploited youth. We talked to Gina to find out how her experiences has prepared her for this role.

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.

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