Portland teen born in refugee camp is Oregon poetry champ

A Portland high school student wants to represent more than just the state of Oregon at a national poetry competition, KOIN 6 News reports.

Belise Nishimwe, a sophomore at St. Mary's Academy, is Oregon's 2019 Poetry Out Loud champion.

She competed against 8 other regional finalists at the contest on Saturday in Salem and will move on to the national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C. next month.

In addition to spoken poetry, Belise is passionate about social justice and law and how it pertains to immigrants.

Read more here: https://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/422171-327059-portland-teen-born-in-refugee-camp-is-oregon-poetry-champ?fbclid=IwAR28RIODk8k4BYFZ6bkLxvwcPwATKktITJiGJrUyBow78aYKBX-tN9BLKlo

Portland Meet Portland won an XRAY.fm podcast award on Saturday evening!

Portland Meet Portland won an XRAY.fm podcast award on Saturday evening! Our podcast 'Reflections on Common Ground won the 'Vigilant Awareness' Award.

This podcast was done in collaboration with the Portland Art Museum and the RISE program at David Douglas HS. Jon Richardson (of Portland Art Museum) and Kristin Bayans were there to accept the award :-)

Listen to it again or for the first time!Portland Meet Portland won an XRAY.fm podcast award on Saturday evening! Our podcast 'Reflections on Common Ground won the 'Vigilant Awareness' Award.

Free US Citizenship Test Class

This class will prepare you for the US citizenship test.

Becoming a citizen in your new country is a great step. As a citizen, you can vote in national elections and contribute to your community. Research also shows individuals who naturalize, or become citizens, often make more money and have better job opportunities.

At the Refugee Center Online, we believe refugee and immigrants are valuable members of our society. We are proud to help you on your path to citizenship.

Follow this link to RCO website: https://classroom.therefugeecenter.org/programs/us-citizenship-test-preparation/

Good luck!

My People's Market Pop Up Market @ Lloyd Center

My People’s Market is a diverse marketplace of multicultural vendors. This December they have organized a pop-up market at the Lloyd Center with many handmade products and goods coming in from all over the world. If you’re looking to find a unique gift this holiday season as well as directly benefit local Portlanders, this is a great opportunity.

Find them on Instagram and Facebook.

Position Announcement: APANO seeks Executive Director!

APANO seeks Executive Director!

The Opportunity:

As executive director of APANO, you will lead a team of highly dedicated community organizers and social justice advocates working to realize a vision of a just and equitable world where Asians and Pacific Islanders are fully engaged in the social, economic, and political issues that affect us. Your exceptional leadership and management skills will ensure that APANO effectively fulfills its mission, working collaboratively both within the organization and in a wide variety of Oregon communities. Your sharp strategic planning, change management, and team building skills will be drawn upon to lead APANO during this transformative chapter, which follows the founding executive director’s departure in June. You will receive support from the interim executive director who is committed to ensuring a smooth transition, and you’ll help us define the APANO of today and of the future. We’ll also appreciate your relationship building, equity and inclusion, policy advocacy, and financial management skills, as well as your approachability, passion for our work, mindfulness, and courage.

More info:

Full Job Announcement

Full Job Description

Source: http://www.apano.org/blog/2018/11/22/posit...


The BOLD Program

The BOLD program is a leadership development and civic engagement training for emerging immigrant and refugee leaders and leaders of color in Beaverton. The program is a partnership between the City of Beaverton and Unite Oregon and is a key strategy of the Cultural Inclusion program to boost engagement of underrepresented communities in city government.

The trainings are structured based on a popular education model, which draws from each participant's direct, lived experiences and knowledge. Content includes a focus on:

  • Understanding City of Beaverton's government structure and political landscape.

  • Building a shared understanding of our experiences and priority issues.

  • Community organizing and shifting public policy.

This program is offered FREE of cost but participants must live within Beaverton city limits and commit to attending all three training days to be eligible to participate. English proficiency is not a requirement; interpretation will be provided.

2019 Training Dates: March 30, April 13 & May 4.

Applications are due by March 1st
For more information
contact Paolo Esteban at 503-526-2436 or PEsteban@BeavertonOregon.gov

Please note: You MUST reside within Beaverton city limits to be eligible. Check your address.

Source: https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/1862/BOLD-...