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Mar 14, 2016

Luis Cardona, Hope Partnership

Words, emotions can’t explain what myself, I and me been through

I was staring down at life eye-to-eye like western until I drew

Childhood memories and dreams were shattered

From a cell with white walls I painted what mattered

Different techniques and strokes and with a mixture hate and anger

But now I’m labeled, coldhearted, hyperactive, criminal minded and a gang banger

Before I let anyone with an egotistic and omnipotent deprive me

I’ll break every shackle, spread my wings and fly free

I write these verses, symphonies that magically been orchestrated

I lay flows down like Kid frost and Nas that I, myself and me created

In the dungeon is where I suffered and became a king

I felt the ground before I’m ready for whatever life could bring

I’ll slay anyone and everybody who thinks that could take my throne

Me, myself and I depend on this drug that I have grown

Masterpieces are made when I inject myself with a dose of beats

It’s fascinating they keep me company when I’m feeling down, they listen and I speak

Pain, and a bundle of dark feelings are my symptoms of withdrawal

Behind this fence me, myself and I will keep on portraying figments of reality

Till the day we perish and fall.

Luis Cardona

2/21/2016, Capstone PSU,
Oregon Youth Authority, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility

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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.

Contact us by completing this form and email to januscommunications@janusyouth.org.

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