Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Janus Youth Programs and the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center are proud to present 'Know Your Rights', a free training for people under 25 years of age and experiencing homelessness in Portland. The training will take place on Wednesday May 28th at Portland: Outreach & Engagement (O&E) so while you're there for the training you can also grab a meal, take a shower, do laundry, and access our phones & computers. Please remember that this training is only available to people under 25. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday May 28th
1635 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Regarding The Homeless Protest At City Hall...

Mayor Tom Potter has issued a statement regarding the homeless protest outside City Hall. Starting today, Saturday May 10th, Portland Police have been instructed to enforce standard Protest Guidelines. This essentially means the homeless campers will need to abide by the same standards the City of Portland expects of all citizenry protests. As of today the campers will no longer be allowed to have sleeping bags or other belongings on the sidewalk. They can carry signs but cannot have signs, tarps, or banners leaning on or fixed to property. They need to remain in motion so can no longer sit or lie on the sidewalk. They also need to remain within a certain distance from the protest site to be considered part of the protest. Mayor Tom Potter has also decided to close the City Hall bathroom after regular business hours while the protest continues. Mayor Potter identified unsanitary use of the facility as his reason for the bathroom closure. Enforcement of Protest Guidelines at City Hall presumably implies that police will maintain a presence in the area and monitor the protest more closely. Police are also expected to post signs at City Hall this weekend stating that on Tuesday May 13th they will begin sweeping the area. The City has cited growing numbers of homeless protesters and increasing complaints of drug use in the area as the primary reason they will be taking action swifter than initially expected. Yellow Brick Road outreach workers will spread this information on the streets starting this evening in an effort to minimize rumors and misinformation.

Thursday, May 01, 2008


Yellow Brick Road invites you to attend OUR FREE volunteer training this Sunday May 4th! Our trainings are a great opportunity to learn more about street outreach and meet the current volunteer outreach teams. This training will focus on street mental health and we will have a guest speaker from Kaiser share with us some common symptoms of mental health we are likely to see on the streets and how we might engage with people experiencing mental health issues more effectively. We'll also discuss some basic coping skills to share with young people dealing with mental health on the streets. We'll even consider our own mental health and take a look at the unique self-care challenges faced by those of us who advocate for people experiencing crisis and trauma. This promises to be a thought-provoking afternoon! We'll get started at 2pm with food & coffee.


Please R.S.V.P. for location: dlundberg@janusyouth.org