Now that our 2015 nonprofit partner has been announced, discover a little more about this organization and its impact in Portland. Here are five fun facts about New Avenues for Youth:
1. New Avenues for Youth operates two Ben & Jerry’s Partner Shops
Check out Ben and Jerry’s PSU or Ben and Jerry’s Pioneer Square locations to enjoy delicious ice cream and support homeless youth. These Partner Shops are owned and operated by New Avenues for Youth. Every purchase made at one of their partner shops supports youth job training!
2. They have a supportive and dedicated Ambassadors Board
New Avenues for Youth created their Ambassador Board in an effort to bring together young professionals who are dedicated to supporting the nonprofit’s mission through community engagement, fundraising and awareness. Much like Levé, New Avenues’ Ambassador Board fosters the development of young leaders in the Portland community.
3.New Avenues for Youth partners with SMRYC (Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center)
New Avenues for Youth recently brought on SMRYC to provide additional programming for the youth New Avenues is already serving. With 40% of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ, this partnership will bring necessary support to a large cohort of NAFY’s youth. SMRYC’s mission is to honor, empower and support LGBTQ youth to be their best selves.
4. Screen Printing provided by New Avenues for Youth
New Avenues INK, much like the Ben & Jerry’s Partner Shops, provides job training and hands-on experience to homeless and at-risk youth. Owned and operated entirely by New Avenues for Youth, INK provides quality screen printing as well as an opportunity to support a great cause.
5. Avenues for Art on June 25th – An exciting event supporting New Avenues for Youth
NAFY’s homeless youth partnered with local acclaimed artists to create the Billions and Billions project. “In 2011, construction halted for the Park Avenue West tower in the heart of downtown Portland. TMT Development President and CEO Vanessa Sturgeon contacted New Avenues with an innovative solution: a beautification project involving internationally-famed artists Chris Johanson, Jo Jackson and 30 homeless youth. Together, they created a gigantic mural of vibrantly painted faces that wrapped around the abandoned site.” The panels have since been taken down and will be auctioned off at the Avenues for Art event on June 25th. Come join us at Director Park from 5-8pm! All proceeds will benefit New Avenues for Youth.
Stay tuned for more information about our exciting new partnership, including upcoming events and additional ways to support both Levé and New Avenues for Youth!