News and Events

Look for New Avenues in the Give!Guide

Join New Avenues for Youth, Mayor Hales and others in being a part of the solution to ending youth homelessness!

You can help young people exit street life and prevent youth homelessness by giving to the Willamette Week Give!Guide.

From November 5th through December 31st, give to New Avenues through the Give!Guide and you could receive incentives from Brews for New Avenues, our Ben & Jerry's Portland Partner Shops and New Avenues INK!

2014 Cork + Forks Tasting Event

Corks + Forks is a unique tasting event involving Oregon wineries, Portland restaurants, Sommeliers from top local establishments pouring wines and DJ entertainment.

Proceeds from the event go to local nonprofits supporting children and families, including New Avenues for Youth's programs for homeless and at-risk youth. We hope you can come out and support New Avenues for Youth as well as our fellow nonprofits.

Thursday, June 12, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Boedecker Cellars • 2621 NW 30th Avenue

DRINKS: Wines by Antica Terra, Big Table Farm, Boedecker Cellars, Crowley Wines, Fausse Piste, Love & Squalor, Matello Wine, Montinore Estate, Soter Vineyards, Trisaetum and Union Wine Co.
BITES: Bar Avignon, Fireside, Grüner, Irving Street Kitchen, Lardo, Meriwether’s, Nel Centro and Quin.
SPINS: DJ Nature


Celebrate RingSide and Support New Avenues for Youth

RingSide Steakhouse is celebrating their 70th anniversary by offering a special three-course dinner throughout the month of June. The Trio of Beef is $70 per person and a portion of the proceeds benefit New Avenues for Youth's programs for homeless and at-risk youth.

Course 1:

Oregon Bay Shrimp Salad

Butter lettuce, endive, celery leafs, red onions, green goddess dressing

Course 2:

Trio of Beef served with Chef’s accompaniments:

Braised Short Rib - Cabernet demi-glace

Rib Eye Cap - Char-broiled and sliced

Tenderloin of Beef Oscar - Petit Filet Mignon, Dungeness crab, asparagus and sauce béarnaise

Course 3:

House Made Fromage Blanc Cheesecake

Strawberry balsamic jus

What: Trio of Beef, special three-course dinner
When: throughout the month of June
Where: RingSide Steakhouse, Uptown, 2165 W. Burnside

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

New Avenues INK

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!

Kayak Trip

  • “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

    Youth Film Project

  • Six youth who get services from New Avenues recently participated in an intensive week-long film production workshop, where they learned how to operate professional film and audio equipment. They used the skills gained to conceptualize and create their own short documentary style film about their experiences with homelessness and New Avenues for Youth. Check it out!