Service Industry and Culinary Training & Placement Program

Background According to the hospitality industry group Travel Portland, the current hotel boom will result in at least a 40 percent increase in hotel rooms in central Portland by 2020. Accompanying that growth is demand for service and culinary industry workforce, which is in short supply. Meanwhile, young people experiencing homelessness and housing instability need […]

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Celebrating the Youth Opportunity Center!

On Wednesday, January 24th, New Avenues for Youth celebrated the opening of the Youth Opportunity Center, the Portland non-profit’s new service hub in East Multnomah County. Co-located on the campus of the Rockwood Boys & Girls Club, the center provides outreach to and wraparound supports for youth experiencing housing instability and homelessness; programming for LGBTQ […]

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Brews for New Avenues Guest Brewer – Pierre Tilquin

Pierre Tilquin didn’t set out to be a brewer. After studying bio-engineering in animal breeding and earning a PhD in statistical genetics, he had grown tired of research. Following visits to Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen – two breweries who specialize in lambic style beers – and after reading a lot about brewing and lambic production, […]

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20 Years of Service…more than 20,000 youth served

“In the nearly 20 years since New Avenues for Youth first opened, one thing hasn’t changed: the incredible courage of the young people who come through our doors. They are an inspiration to me and, two decades later, keep me coming to work every day.” – Sean Suib, Executive Director What has changed in that […]

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Teaching “adulting”: Life Skills Coach Elliott

Meet Elliott –  a former foster youth and active child welfare advocate  – and one of the dedicated Life Skills Coaches in our PDX-Connect Program. Tell us what a Life Skills Coach is and what you do at New Avenues? A Life Skills Coach works in the PDX-Connect Program which supports foster youth ages 16-21 in preparing for […]

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Meet our neighbors and great volunteers: JIVE Software

How long has Jive been volunteering for New Avenues? “About a year and half, this group. Other Jivers have been doing it longer.” What do you enjoy most about volunteering here? “I’d say New Avenues is right in our community where we work, you guys are neighbors. So I think it’s unique to be able […]

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FANtastic Design

For the past few months, Prudential and the Trail Blazers  teamed up with New Avenues for Youth to help create a platform to provide work experience for youth involved in our INKubator program. Working with Blazer designers, youth were tasked with designing and producing the next great Trail Blazer t-shirt! Here’s how the program worked: […]

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