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Jul 02, 2015

Youth Voices – In Their Own Words

We checked in with former Food Works youth Prudence Eca who is currently studying at Oregon State University. He has received a Janus Scholarship for Success in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he’s the first in his family to attend college in America and recently became a US citizen. Prudence was kind enough to answer a few questions to help us raise awareness about the scholarship program!

Tell us about your past involvement with Janus.

I was part Food Works, and being part of Food Works helped me grow myself, my community, my business and my farm. I really gained a lot working with Food Works from activities such as ice breakers, harvesting salad, working at the PSU Saturday Market and resume building workshops. Food Works aided me in becoming well-spoken and hardworking, it helped me network with many people in my community and beyond.

What did receiving the Janus scholarship mean to you?

Receiving the Janus Scholarship meant I could worry less about making ends meet for paying for college. It made it easier and also gave me more hope that I could achieve and it’s up to me. Thanks to Janus I have been able to continue my higher education at Oregon State University, I am studying to be an Industrial Engineer. My future plans I am not certain of yet, but when I graduate I want to work with education or the process of education. This scholarship has done wonders for me, it’s made things I used to dream about become the reality I live.

What advice would you give to other youth thinking about going to college?

Advice I would give to people thinking about going to college, is to explore and research what it is they want to do, and not to worry if you don’t think you know what you want to do in the future. Go to college it will open more options for you and help you make future decisions. It’s a great learning experience.


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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