Bridge 13 in New York

Last month, Seth Johnstone, New Avenues’ LGBTQ Community Education Specialist,  traveled to upstate New York to provide Bridge 13 training to employees of the New York State Department of Corrections. For some time now, Seth has been working with Multnomah County and Clackamas County corrections facilities to train staff in the sheriff’s department and nurses […]

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Education is Part of the Solution

As we all know, access to higher education and obtaining a college degree is invaluable. College graduates not only have a “higher earning potential, but they also have a greater sense of job satisfaction, greater job stability, and better physical health” Yet, according to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth: […]

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“My First Place” Baskets

As we help youth transition off the streets and into independent living, many of the young people we serve do not have any of the household items necessary in making a home. We hope to provide them with a welcoming gift basket upon arrival in their first apartment, filled with a few necessities and are […]

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Donations Needed!

We’ve got a lot of great summer activities planned for the youth we serve.  If you are interested in donating any of the items listed below, please bring them to our 1220 SW Columbia Street offices Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm or call Hana Sant at 503.517. 3900 for more information.  Thank you! Sweatpants Closed-toe shoes/hiking boots (women’s […]

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May is National Foster Care Awareness Month

Youth transitioning out of foster care without a permanent home or family support face significant challenges including experiencing homelessness. (40% of the homeless youth in Oregon report a history in foster care.) Nationally, only about 10% of youth in care enroll in postsecondary education and only about 3% obtain a degree in comparison to 40% […]

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Bridge 13 – Change through Education & Advocacy

After nearly two decades of working with sexual and gender minority youth, New Avenues for Youth and the SMYRC program know firsthand that the harassment and discrimination they experience commonly lead to adverse long-term impacts on their education, safety, mental health, well-being, and future socioeconomic status. Bridge 13 is a community education program that shares […]

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Scooper Hero: Panacea & Melissa Egan

On April 12th, we will be scooping up free cones at our Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShops as part of National Free Cone Day. But, thanks to the support of some special businesses and individuals, we’ll also be raising funds to support our job training and workforce development programs! The 6th Annual Scoop-A-Thon brings together “Scooper […]

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Scooper Hero: Brightworks Sustainability & Brandon Sprague

On April 12th, we will be scooping up free cones at our Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShops as part of National Free Cone Day. But, thanks to the support of some special businesses and individuals, we’ll also be raising funds to support our job training and workforce development programs! The 6th Annual Scoop-A-Thon brings together “Scooper […]

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