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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.


Jun 14, 2018
​Board of Directors Spotlight—Chad Paulson

Chad Paulson, General Counsel at Blount International and has been a member of the Janus Board of Directors since 2005, serving as Board President from 2011-2012. He has two children and when not running after his three-year old, enjoys playing golf.

May 30, 2018
Youth Spotlight—Kristin Sanchez

“Janus Youth changed my life in so many ways,” says 28 year-old, Kristin Sanchez. As a teen mom, struggling in a violent relationship and trying to find stable housing, Kristin came to Insights Teen Parent Program for support.

May 22, 2018
Eighth Grader Organizes Race For Janus Youth

When 14-year-old Bella told her mother she wanted to organize her own “Family Fun Run” to benefit Janus Youth Programs, her mom thought, “Why don’t you just run in a race instead?” But Bella had a vision and a strong drive to organize the event herself, which she did on May 20th at the Wilson High School track. Every detail of the event—from garnering donations for swag items, applying for a grant to help offset costs, organizing a bake sale, to publicity—Bella planned with support from family and friends. The event was a big success and raised close to $1,000 for Janus.

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