Orientation: Building a Foundation for Your Service Year

Sidney Axtell (Hood River ’17-19) has committed to serving another year as a JV AmeriCorps member in Hood River, Oregon. Below she reflects on lessons learned her first year serving at Mid Valley Elementary School and how the essential skills taught at JVC Northwest’s Orientation¬†enabled her to serve well, even if it didn’t seem like…

Where a Kid Can Be a Kid: Creating Safe Spaces for Homeless Youth in Oregon

Monica Keenan is a second year Jesuit Volunteer AmeriCorps member who has served in the Aloha, Oregon community this year. Part of her role included assisting homeless youth at a shelter in Portland. Losing one‚Äôs housing is stressful for anyone, but especially for a child. Recognizing this, Monica created spaces for their students to process…