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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.

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Nov 16, 2017
Visit The Sharing Tree at Washington Square Mall & Look for Janus Youth With the Red Dot on Gift Tag

The Sharing Tree at Washington Square Mall is a great way to make sure each of our youth has a gift to open on Christmas morning. Just pick an ornament from the tree located in the Nordstrom wing, near Williams-Sonoma and purchase the item listed on the tag. Return the unwrapped gifts to the Sharing Tree by December 20th so the gifts can be delivered by Christmas. These gifts are distributed to Janus and eight other charities throughout the Portland metro area. Each year, more than 4,500 gifts are given to those in need through the Washington Square Sharing Tree.

Oct 31, 2017
Share the Season of Giving

You can make the holidays bright for Janus children, youth and families. Every gift or donation makes a difference. Click here to complete your donation choice.

Oct 04, 2017
Employee Spotlight—Sina Youssefzadeh

Sina is a passionate advocate for marginalized youth and social justice. Five years ago when he moved to Portland and was involved in grassroots social justice work, he learned about Janus’ work in the community and applied for a Crisis Intake Specialist position at Harry’s Mother, our Runaway Youth Services program. Since then, Sina has continued to help develop a trauma informed approach to the work done within his cohort, build relationships with youth and families and offer referrals to other partnering agencies. We talked to Sina to find out more about what he does in his current position.

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