Saturday, September 20, 2014

BUSY WEEK FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH!

 Yellow Brick Road participating in TBA/PICA community panel on art and social change.

YBR outreach workers Heather and Michaela participating in Reed College's Community Day.

Following our recent training events for Multnomah County employees and East County Police and Sheriff's Office, Yellow Brick Road participated in two awesome community events this weekend. Outreach workers Heather Penzel and Michaela Voorhees tabled Reed College's Community Day this morning, meeting students and spreading the word about our upcoming public training event next Sunday. Meanwhile, Associate Director Dennis Lundberg (and daughter Kallisti!) joined Boom Arts and PICA/TBA for a lively community panel discussion focused on Arts and Social Change. We met some inspired and inspiring folks from all walks of life who are devoted to enriching the community and improving the lives of vulnerable young people. We hope to see you all next Sunday for our YBR Training focused on safer sex practices and risk reduction for homeless youth. Drop a line to RSVP: dlundberg@janusyouth.org  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FREE YBR TRAINING EVENT 9/28

Yellow Brick Road provides free training events to the community on a quarterly basis. These events are FREE and available to anyone over 18 who may wish to learn more about street outreach, volunteer opportunities with Janus Youth Programs and other topics related to youth homelessness, poverty, exploitation and social justice. This is a great opportunity to meet the current outreach volunteers, staff and program supervisor. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about homeless youth resources and street outreach in Washington and Oregon. Applications are always on hand for anyone who wishes to join the team, but there is absolutely no obligation.

Our next training will take place in downtown Portland on Sunday September 28, 2014 from 2pm until 5pm. This month we welcome you to join us and our guest speaker Kiera Hansen from Cascade AIDS Project for an in-depth discussion on Safer Sex Practices and Risk Reduction for young people experiencing homelessness. This will be a candid workshop focusing on how outreach workers and youth advocates can share accurate sex health information honestly and directly while also debunking popular misinformation. Light lunch will be provided. We hope you will join us.

SUNDAY
September 28, 2014
2pm-5pm

Seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. for the location: 
 dlundberg@janusyouth.org



Monday, June 09, 2014

Community Partnerships For Meaningful Engagement

We wish to thank our Homeless Youth Liaison partners Officer Hettman and Officer Yakots and Central Precinct's Sgt. DeLand for joining Yellow Brick Road at our training event yesterday. Over the past several months the new downtown Portland Police "foot team" has made tremendous strides toward downtown community outreach and positive engagement with some of our community's most vulnerable folks. We support the compassionate methodology and spirit of partnership in which Commander Day and Sgt. DeLand are leading this team.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

FREE YBR TRAINING EVENT 6/8/14!

Yellow Brick Road provides free training events to the community every 4 months. These events are FREE and available to anyone over 18 who may wish to learn more about street outreach, volunteer opportunities with Janus Youth Programs and other topics related to youth homelessness, poverty, exploitation and social justice. This is a great opportunity to meet the current outreach volunteers, staff and program supervisor. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about homeless youth resources and street outreach in Washington and Oregon. Applications are always on hand for anyone who wishes to join the team, but there is absolutely no obligation.

Our next training will take place in downtown Portland on Sunday June 8, 2014 from 2pm until 5pm. This month we welcome you to join us and our guest speakers for an introduction to Trauma Informed Care - a recognized "best practice" in the field of human services. We will also have guests from Portland Police Department's central precinct discussing their reinvigorated attention to downtown sidewalks, livability issues and their engagement strategies for homeless folks and summer travelers. It promises to be a lively afternoon of discussion! Light lunch will be provided. We hope you will join us.

SUNDAY
June 8, 2014
2pm-5pm

Seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. for the location: 
 dlundberg@janusyouth.org




Sunday, March 09, 2014

THANKS TO YBR VOLUNTEER ALLEN BUTLER!


We'd like to give a very special shout-out to longtime Yellow Brick Road volunteer Allen Butler today. Allen began volunteering with YBR in June, 2006 with his wife Stella who has been a volunteer with Janus herself for more than a decade! This coming June will mark Allen's 8th year with YBR...but that's not all. Allen is a software designer by profession and he has worked closely with the program to develop our newly revised street outreach database. It's not the first time Allen has contributed his technological support to the program. Back in 2006 Allen launched our first computerized data tracking system. This new database not only helps the program make the leap into the modern age with a confidential web-supported system, but it also allows us to go paperless as we support a more "green" approach to important data reporting. On behalf of everyone at Janus Youth Programs, THANK YOU Allen! It is dedicated folks like you who make YBR the acclaimed program that we are proud to be.   

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

KIWANIS CLUB of PORTLAND SUPPORTS JANUS YOUTH!


We wish to send a warm thank you to Kiwanis Club of Portland for their ongoing support of Yellow Brick Road, especially Gilda Powell, our very own "Patron Saint of Socks", and Connie Shipley (pictured above in colorful hat for charity). Every month Gilda delivers brand new socks to Janus Youth Programs on behalf of Kiwanis which are distributed every night to youth experiencing homelessness right here in downtown Portland. Thank you for supporting our mission to improve the lives of young people...one pair of socks at a time! 

Saturday, March 01, 2014

SEVERE WEATHER DECLARED FOR MARCH 1, 2014

Severe Weather Notice: The National Weather Service forecasts significant winter conditions on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. Forecasted conditions for Saturday night will be very cold with temperatures down to 22 degrees with wind chill. 

Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info, reached by dialing 2-1-1. 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources 24/7. Additionally, shelter information is available at www.211info.org.