Thursday, October 05, 2006

Project Metamorphosis

Project Metamorphosis is a collaborative effort of Janus Youth Programs, Depaul Treatment Centers, New Avenues For Youth, Outside In, and Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA). Project Metamorphosis brings healthy options and a broad range of treatment services to homeless youth in Portland, Oregon. Project Metamorphosis engages and encourages homeless youth to exit street life with innovative outreach and customized youth-friendly services integrating alcohol & drug and mental health treatment within a comprehensive approach. One of Project Metamorphosis' innovative services is our Recovery Transition Advocates (RTA) program. Recovery Transistion Advocates are young adults serving as peer mentors, providing a critical connection and bridging services to youth and young adults alike. RTA's typically work within a specific service area during their employment, gaining important professional skills and career-development support. RTA's currently work in the homeless youth shelters, day programs, treatment facilities, and outreach services with Yellow Brick Road. Here are some photos from our most recent RTA team-building retreat at White Salmon River, Washington!

Having rowed together as a team to this point we await our guide's instructions to, "GET DOWN!" and prepare to take the plunge!




The water was about 42 degrees so we all emerged feeling quite...uh...refreshed and invigorated! This is an amazing group of RTA's and it was a pleasure working together in our rafting teams. If you are a clean & sober young adult in recovery, stay tuned for our next RTA hiring announcement in early 2007!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fall Training

Our Yellow Brick Road Fall Training was a great success! Thanks to everyone who came out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to discuss outreach and how we might increase our services to Portland's homeless youth population. Special thanks to Allen Butler for creating our new Yellow Brick Road database and providing a training for all our current volunteers! See you all at our Winter Training to be announced soon!