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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.


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.

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