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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.


Jun 14, 2018
​Board of Directors Spotlight—Chad Paulson

Chad Paulson, General Counsel at Blount International and has been a member of the Janus Board of Directors since 2005, serving as Board President from 2011-2012. He has two children and when not running after his three-year old, enjoys playing golf.

May 30, 2018
Youth Spotlight—Kristin Sanchez

“Janus Youth changed my life in so many ways,” says 28 year-old, Kristin Sanchez. As a teen mom, struggling in a violent relationship and trying to find stable housing, Kristin came to Insights Teen Parent Program for support.

May 22, 2018
Eighth Grader Organizes Race For Janus Youth

When 14-year-old Bella told her mother she wanted to organize her own “Family Fun Run” to benefit Janus Youth Programs, her mom thought, “Why don’t you just run in a race instead?” But Bella had a vision and a strong drive to organize the event herself, which she did on May 20th at the Wilson High School track. Every detail of the event—from garnering donations for swag items, applying for a grant to help offset costs, organizing a bake sale, to publicity—Bella planned with support from family and friends. The event was a big success and raised close to $1,000 for Janus.

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