Saturday, November 19, 2011


Yellow Brick Road offers quarterly trainings to all outreach volunteers and program participants. These trainings are FREE and available to anyone over 18 in the community who may wish to learn more about issues related to youth homelessness, street outreach and our program philosophy and methodology. Our training events are also a great opportunity to meet the current volunteer teams, staff and supervisor, learn about important updates regarding our program and homeless youth services, and ask questions. Applications will be on hand for anyone who wishes to join the team! Our next training will take place in downtown Portland on Sunday NOVEMBER 27 from 2pm until 5pm. We hope to see you there!Please R.S.V.P. for location at the email address listed below.


This week more than 650 professional social workers and passionate youth advocates descended upon Portland, Oregon for the annual Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Support Conference (RHYTTAC 2011). It was great to meet so many of you from all over the country who share Janus Youth's mission to improve the lives of young people. We greeted many of you personally as you toured through the downtown Janus Youth facility (more than two hundred people visited us over the course of three days!) and met still more colleagues during the various workshops and training events. It was a real pleasure to share skills, wisdom and laughs with such a diverse group, especially our fantastic youth panel speakers. Yellow Brick Road was also very excited to escort a few enthusiastic out-of-town outreach workers from StreetWorks (Twin Cities, MN) and Synergy Project (Warminster, PA) out on the streets for a glimpse at how we do things here in "Portlandia". Here's Shane Burroughs of Synergy Project becoming acquainted with the interactive pod sculpture on 11th & Burnside. Hope you had a good time, Shane! Get home safely, friends. See you all next year and...keep up the GREAT WORK for young people in your corner of the world.

Photo by YBR volunteer Stella Butler.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

Wow! This is the first time we've ever blogged about a blog that blogged about our blog. Got that? Yellow Brick Road is honored to have received mention on the National Clearinghouse On Families & Youth website for our innovative use of online resources for outreach. Read the full article here!