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.