PLACE Summer 2019

Middle School MyPLACE: June 24-28

Exchange for Change July 8-19

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The Details and application 

myPLACE: Middle School Program

Ages: 11-14 
Dates: June 24-28 Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Leader: Kofi Obeng email: info@thecenterpdx.org

Learn to Lead While Using the City as Your Playground!

Are you are you looking for something fun to do this summer while learning how you can make a positive impact? Then myPLACE is for you!

Come learn who and what decides how communities are made, how art and food reflect the history of a neighborhood, and how you as an individual can affect the policies that shape a city.

Since starting in 2008, PLACE, (People Leading Across City Environments), has brought together students from public and private schools around Portland to experience how people and policies shape cities. myPLACE, is a program designed for rising 7th - 9th graders focused on navigating the urban environment, understanding social justice, practicing leadership, and exploring our sense of belonging. Students will develop skills in creative problem solving, networking, leadership, and social-emotional learning.

A typical day includes: sensory neighborhood walks where we pay attention to sights, smells, sounds etc., exploring (and tasting) the connection between neighborhood foods and the greater Portland community, visiting and being visited by government leaders, community activists, and artists, learning about the systems involved in urban planning and understanding our relationship to the communities we operate in

· Cost: No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

· Where: The CENTER for Youth Engagement at 3510 N. Vancouver Ave.

· Eligibility: Any rising 7th, 8th, or 9th grader.

· Credits: This program does not give credits, but can give volunteer hours.

· Attendance for all program sessions is mandatory.

myPLACE is led by Kofi Obeng,  Catlin Gabel School’s Coordinator of Multicultural Programming and Youth Partnerships at the CENTER

myPLACE is led by Kofi Obeng, Catlin Gabel School’s Coordinator of Multicultural Programming and Youth Partnerships at the CENTER

The Details and application  

Exchange for Change: A Partnership with College Dreams  

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER COMMUNITIES AS WELL?

ARE YOU OPEN-MINDED AND ACCEPTING OF PERSPECTIVES THAT DIFFER FROM YOUR OWN?

DO YOU WANT TO HAVE ADVENTURES IN RURAL AND URBAN AREAS?

This is a partnership between College Dreams based in Grants Pass, OR, the PLACE Programs run by Catlin Gabel School in Portland, and the CENTER, a coalition-led youth empowerment hub in north Portland.

The first week of the program will be based out of Siskiyou Field Institute in Selma, OR and the second week will be based out of Portland State University (located in downtown Portland) and the CENTER in north Portland. Twelve students from Josephine County and twelve students from the Portland metro will spend two weeks (Monday – Friday) interacting with each other across a wide range of activities using first a rural backdrop and then an urban environment.

The desired outcomes for the program are:

1) have both rural and urban youth experience a broader vision of what it means to be an Oregonian

2) provide youth-centered activities that explore rural and urban issues

3) have youth experience a culture/environment significantly different from their own, and most importantly

4) have youth discover that more similarities exist than differences.

To make this happen, you will be engaged in meaningful, impact-driven, intellectually engaging, and fun activities. We believe laugher breaks down barriers, collaborative teamwork develops friendships and respect, and “walking in each other’s shoes” builds understanding.

Dates: July 8 – July 19, 2019. There will also be a three-hour meeting in late June and a three-hour meeting on Sunday, July 7th. All meetings are mandatory.

Times: All day Monday - Friday. This immersive exchange program includes four nights in southern Oregon and four nights in Portland.

Compensation: Accepted students can earn $200 OR community service hours OR 1.0 social studies credit for participation in the program.

PLACE Exchange for Change staff from left to right: George Zaninovich, Lindsay Babbitt, Krystal Wu and Kofi Obeng.

PLACE Exchange for Change staff from left to right: George Zaninovich, Lindsay Babbitt, Krystal Wu and Kofi Obeng.