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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.


Aug 29, 2018
Rivera House Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Over a year ago, the idea of creating a new and unique residential and re-entry program for LGBTQ youth began to take root. With the help of our partners from the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) and the countless hours staff dedicated to purchasing and updating a residence, the Rivera House was born. Today, the Rivera House is fully staffed and houses up to nine residents who are transitioning from the custody of OYA to independence. The goal of the program is to prepare youth leaving incarceration to become law-abiding, successful members of the community while addressing the special needs of LGBTQ youth. We spoke to the Rivera House Program Director, Deven Edgerton to share his thoughts about the program on this one-year anniversary.

Aug 02, 2018
Dinner in the Vines - SOLD OUT!

Tickets for Dinner in the Vines are sold out! The benefit event takes place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4 - 8 pm at ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon. Thank you to all of our supporters who purchased tickets. Our guests will enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest, four-course dinner, selected wine pourings from ArborBrook Vineyards and live jazz.

Jul 26, 2018
Enter Our Wine Drawing!

Stock up your wine collection while supporting Janus Youth Programs! Take this opportunity to win over 50 bottles of great wine from all over the world! This year’s wine drawing includes an incredible variety of wines from California, Washington, Oregon, Italy, France and Spain! Enjoy amazing Pinots from Stoller, Domain Drouhin and Angela Estates, Cabernets from L’Ecole and Mount Veeder, Bordeaux from the St. Emilion region and Chianti and Barolo from Italy! We’ve even thrown in four bottles of Champagne and a few special bottles each worth the price of the ticket on their own! (A 1997 Woodward Canyon Cabernet and a Quilceda Creek CVR.)

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