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 […]

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 […]

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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Ready To Succeed

New Avenues’ Promoting Avenues to Employment (PAVE) program offers robust job training and employment services to youth at-risk of or experiencing homelessness, helping them build the skills to find career-pathway employment and achieve self-sufficiency. Through PAVE, youth participate in a four-week, competency-based Job Readiness Training (JRT), in which they learn, practice, develop, and engage in: […]

the power of poetry

Finding ways to connect with and teach youth who may have not experienced success in a typical classroom is a priority for New Avenues’ Alternative School.   And a local teen group called Poeteen is helping us do that through poetry!    Held once a month, students from this Lincoln High School organization facilitate a poetry workshop […]

Winter Gear

You can keep out the cold for some of the most vulnerable in our community!  Please donate a new or gently used winter coat, rain coat, shoes, boots or sleeping bag for the youth we serve.  Donations are gratefully accepted at our 1220 SW Columbia location Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm.  Please contact info@newavenues.org with any questions and thanks […]

Holiday Meals for Youth

Would you like to contribute to the holiday celebrations going on in our Transitional Housing program, Unity House or any of our housing programs for youth?  We’re looking for donations of prepared food or Safeway or Fred Meyer gift cards – and volunteers to help deliver meals- to young people who are just beginning to learn […]