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New Avenues for Youth is working toward a community where all youth have a safe place to call home. We could not help more than 1,000 local foster, at-risk and homeless youth overcome barriers and realize their potential each year without the support of community members.
Whether you're able to volunteer, donate your time or talent - we have several ways for you to help youth exit street life and prevent those at-risk of homelessness from experiencing it.
How you can be a part of the solution:
Homeless Youth Organize Benefit Show for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Half a dozen youth served by New Avenues for Youth united on November 22 to produce a benefit show for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan with the guidance of Talilo Flanagan, a staff member at New Avenues who used to live on the streets of Portland and has family in the Philippines.
What: Homeless Helping the Homeless Benefit Concert
When: Friday, November 22, 7pm to 11pm
Where: Boys & Girls Club, 5250 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Details: $5 donation at the door, all ages
All proceeds go to NAFCON PNW and Medical Teams International
Performances by Luck-One, DJ Grimrock, The Resistance, Dusty Fox, Taryn, Talilo, That Kid Cry, and Hafa
Despite the struggles they face from living on the streets, youth served by New Avenues volunteered to help distribute promotional flyers, perform at the show, manage the door on the day of the event, and even handle show photography.
The event received support from the Boys & Girls Club of Portland, New Avenues for Youth, the Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, and Portland State University’s student organization Kaibigan.
New Avenues INK launch celebration
KeyBank District President and New Avenues Board Chair Brian Rice with New Avenues Executive Director Sean Suib and youth employed at New Avenues INK
On September 17, New Avenues and our community of supporters came together at the site of our third social enterprise, New Avenues INK, to celebrate the newest chapter in our endeavor to create sustainable, self-funding solutions to youth unemployment and homelessness in Portland.
In 2003, we employed 26 at-risk youth through our first social enterprise, a Ben & Jerry's PartnerShop in downtown Portland. When we opened our second PartnerShop at PSU in 2011, that number rose to 60. With last night's launch of our third social enterprise, a professional screen-printing business in the heart of the Pearl District, we can now employ 100 at-risk youth every year. That's the power of our social purpose enterprises: self-sustaining career training and paid employment for a significant portion of the youth in our city who need it most. And these life-changing career training opportunities are funded by you! Every time you select the professional services of New Avenues INK, you're investing in the future of our city's youth.
Special thanks to KeyBank for investing $250,000 in our social purpose enterprise initiative over the past four years and donating the prime Pearl District retail space New Avenues INK currently occupies, as well as to United Way of Columbia-Willamette and the Collins Foundation for their capital campaign support, and to Meyer Memorial Trust for providing crucial capital for the leadership of the enterprise. Thank you also to Nike, WorkSystems, Richard Bard Architect AIA, Mod Media, KG Specialties, Malibu-Pacific General Contractors, and Ryonet!
“For the second year in a row, New Avenues for Youth was lucky to be chosen to take part in a Life Expanding Adventure Program (LEAP) kayak trip down the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. The ten youth who participated were a fantastic and brave group of young men and women, and the trip was an amazing success. Everyone was given their own inflatable kayak to maneuver down the river, and for the next three days we slept under the stars, paddled through class four rapids, and conquered over 40 miles of river. We saw bears, eagles, river otters and bats! The youths’ enthusiasm and joy was overwhelming. They were invited to reflect upon the river as a metaphor for all of life’s challenges. We believe this trip can be a catalyst for youth to understand that they have the ability to overcome tremendous barriers and become stronger individuals.
Aside from the trip itself, the way in which we were able to make it happen was also inspiring. When it became clear that there may not be enough funding to cover the trip’s staffing costs, two staff who had previously attended the trip were so convinced of the transformative power of this experience that they reached out to their friends and family and raised the needed funds. Dozens of people gave small and large amounts to insure that this opportunity was given to the youth that New Avenues serves. We are so grateful for their donations! In the short time since the trip finished, we have already seen the youth who participated make great strides towards their goals. We hope this trip is an opportunity we can provide to youth every year.”-Narrative by Transitional Housing Coordinator Leah Breen and Transitional Housing Counselor Crystal Lewis