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Jun 26, 2018

Scholarships Awarded to Our Youth

Paying for education is hard on many young people, but it is particularly difficult for youth in our programs who do not have the financial resources or support to pay for their education. Janus’ Scholarships for Success Program helps to ease that financial burden. Now in its 17th year, the program opens the door to education for Janus youth. Since 2001, when the scholarship program began, 97 scholarships have been awarded. On June 25, 2018, the Janus Board of Directors, staff and community members honored 9 youth in our programs who received scholarship awards at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

Over the years, the awards have helped youth pay for typical school expenses— tuition, books and rent—as well as vocational education expenses such as barber shop tools. This year, the program provided a scholarship to an incarcerated youth completing his Masters of Business Administration degree.

The scholarships have assisted youth across the span of our more than 20 programs, from teen parents to homeless youth. It all began back in 2001 when Robert Gootee, Moda Health CEO, envisioned The Scholarships Program. He approached Janus’ Executive Director, Dennis Morrow, with the idea of providing funding for youth who have little or no access to the resources or support necessary to pursue higher education or a trade. His passion and commitment were pivotal in helping to launch the program. Later in 2014, Joanne Senders became an important contributor to the program, establishing the Joanne Senders Scholarship Fund. Thanks to their generosity, The Scholarships for Success Program thrives and is now a living endowment at The Oregon Community Foundation where it will continue to support future Janus Youth Program recipients.

This year’s scholarship recipients are from Hope Partnership and Cordero Residential Programs. Hope Partnership, based at the Oregon Youth Authority’s MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, provides normalizing experiences to help youth prepare for successful transitions back into the community through workshops, groups and classes focused on the arts, writing, public speaking, education and vocational training. The Cordero Residential Program provides mental health, educational and counseling services to young men ages 13-19 under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Youth Authority. 

Photo, left to right: Trina Strand, Director Cordero & Imani Residences; Dakota; Kathleen Fullerton, Hope Partnership Project Coordinator; Gustavo; Joe O’Leary, Director, Oregon Youth Authority; Thomas; Fariborz Pakseresht, Director, Dept. of Human Services; Dennis Morrow, Executive Director, Janus Youth and Robert Gootee, CEO Moda Health

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Jan 29, 2019
Employee Spotlight - Krista Wilson

Krista Wilson has been a dedicated Youth Care Specialist at Oak Bridge Youth Shelter in Washington for three and a half years. Oak Bridge Youth Shelter provides 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency shelter with services accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week for youth ages 9-17. When discussing what motivates her Krista says “making kids laugh. Even in times of heartache, you can always get a better perspective on life when you laugh.”

Jan 22, 2019
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Robin Miller, a Case Manager in our Washington Program, was 21 years old when she was sexually exploited. “In 1993, I was trafficked from a club in Portland up and down the West Coast and in six states.” It took me six years to finally get the courage to leave my trafficker in 1999, but healing from the abuse took more than a decade more, in part, because there was no coordinated system of care available to support survivors,” she said. Robin gave this testimony before the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners last year. Once again, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted a proclamation on January 17, 2019 recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Multnomah County.

Jan 15, 2019
An Easy Way to Give

You can donate to us every time you use shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon. If you link your Fred Meyer Rewards card or Amazon account on Amazon Smile to Janus Youth, we will get a percentage of the price of eligible purchases. It is that simple! Click these links to enroll in Fred Meyer and AmazonSmile community rewards programs and start giving to Janus Youth Programs!

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