• YOB

    Rose Haven

Youth Outreach Board

What is the Youth Outreach Board?

Rose Haven’s Youth Outreach Board (YOB) is comprised of high school activists in the Portland metropolitan area moved to positive action. By being intentional catalysts for change, the YOB spreads awareness and inspires action by unifying our community for the benefit of the women and children of Rose Haven challenged by homelessness and abuse. Their primary goals are awareness, in-kind donations, and financial giving to help improve the lives of those we serve.

2019/2020 School Year Members:

Chloe Knott

Chloe Knott

Grant High School
I joined the Rose Haven Youth Outreach Board because I believe that students standing together can create real change by empowering women, children, and non-binary folks within our communities.

MJ Sasse

MJ Sasse

Grant High School
I joined the Youth Outreach Board because houselessness is such a prevalent issue in our city today and I want to aid in taking steps towards destigmatization–instead encouraging understanding and empathy. Rose Haven provides the perfect opportunity for youth to get involved in giving back to their communities!

Jenny Duan

Jenny Duan

Jesuit High School
I joined the Youth Board as a way to reach out to the community and help those less fortunate around us. I want to reduce the stigma and preconceptions behind people facing difficult circumstances and find a way to change the way people view these situations.

Lucy Keane

Lucy Keane

Jesuit High School
I joined the Youth Outreach Board because working alongside people who are often marginalized within Portland empowers me to be a more compassionate and active member of our community.

Nikhita Mathur

Nikhita Mathur

Jesuit High School
I want to bring awareness to homelessness in Portland. I also hope to inspire others to give back and help those in their community.

Josephine Koepping

Josephine Koepping

Lake Oswego High School
I joined the Youth Outreach Board to become more involved in my community and contribute to Rose Haven’s mission of care for women, non-gender conforming folks and children. The work of the shelter is so impactful in people’s lives and it’s been such an amazing experience getting to have been a part of that process.

Cate Bikales

Cate Bikales

Lincoln High School
I joined the Youth Outreach Board because it gives me a chance to learn and grow while simultaneously helping people receive the care that they deserve. Rose Haven creates a safe space for all women, and I appreciate the willingness the shelter has to give back to the community.

Sofia Braun

Sophia Braun

Lincoln High School
I’m on the Youth Outreach Board because I think it’s important to address the homelessness issue in Portland and provide women and children in hardship with help and compassion. I love having the opportunity to help out in my community and encourage my peers to do something for the greater good. Here at Rose Haven we are all passionate about improving the lives of people in need and actively giving back to our community.

Emily Cigarroa

Emily Cigarroa

Lincoln High School
I joined the Youth Outreach Board because I appreciate that Rose Haven is so dedicated to creating secure, welcoming environments for marginalized groups that may be excluded from other spaces. Furthermore, I appreciate that in addition to helping people meet their basic needs, Rose Haven prioritizes ensuring that people feel loved, valued, and dignified.

Gretta Thompson

Gretta Thompson

Lincoln High School
I joined the Youth Outreach Board because I was inspired by my dad. He works with the homeless community everyday in his job at a local hospital.

Alexa Bowerfind

Alexa Bowerfind

Oregon Episcopal School
I joined the Youth Outreach Board because I wanted to be a part of the inspiring organization that does an exceptional job of serving people in the Portland community.

Maddie McIntyre

Maddie McIntyre

Riverdale High School
While I was volunteering at Rose Haven during the summer, I got to see how impactful this organization was and how much it helped, and I wanted to do whatever I could to help support and grow this organization.

Stella Terry

Stella Terry

Riverdale High School
I believe that homelessness is an incredibly prevalent problem that many walks of life suffer from, and yet there is still a stigma surrounding it. By being a part of the Youth Outreach Board I am able to break down the stigma and educate myself and others about the severity and challenges of homelessness.

Grace Graham

Grace Graham

St. Mary’s High School
I decided to join the Youth Outreach Board because so many people experience situations I may never fully understand, but through being a member on the board, I can help to improve their situations.

Anna Hester

Anna Hester

St. Mary’s High School
I joined the Youth Outreach Board to reduce stigma and raise awareness on the circumstances that many Portlanders are living in. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to volunteer at such a special place, and I am very excited for this year with Rose Haven!

Gillian LaBelle

Gillian LaBelle

Sunset High School
I think it’s very important, especially for today’s youth, to focus on and give to those who aren’t as fortunate as us, rather than just focus on ourselves. I also think that this Youth Outreach Board is a good way to support our community through providing a safe space for women and children who are out on the streets or don’t feel safe in their own houses.

Presley Rehling

Presley Rehling

Sunset High School
I am a part of Rose Haven because I love getting to take care of our community through such an amazing, women-run organization.

Arushi Agarwal

Arushi Agarwal

Westview High School
Rose Haven makes a beautiful space for women and children and gives them the basic needs that every person deserves. I believe that to bring change, we must bring people together – through the love and support of each other and Rose Haven does just that.

Snigdha Thatikonda

Snigdha Thatikonda

Westview High School
Rose Haven was the first women’s shelter I ever heard of, which is shocking to think about because Oregon’s homeless population is the second largest in the country. To be involved with an organization as active in my community as Rose Haven, working to help real people as a teenager, is a dream come true.

Lauren Wilkins

Lauren Wilkins

Rose Haven Board Liaison
Rose Haven is a regular source of inspiration and resilience for me and I am fortunate and humbled to be part of the YOB. I joined to become an extension of Rose Haven, as a catalyst for positive change, support and love for the lives I encounter.

Goals for 2019/20 School Year:

Raise $30,000
Grant writing
Reigning Roses Walk fundraising
Other activities (bottle drop, school coin wars, etc.)

Support Back to School Day
Supply drives in schools, neighborhoods, businesses, etc.
Volunteer support for supply organization and distribution day

Provide Holiday Help

Volunteer support for pre-party organization as well as day-of-event activities
Write 500 “love letters”, hand written and inserted in kid’s gift bags

Community Outreach

Participate in “Night Strike” twice during the year, providing information about Rose Haven and care kits to women on the streets
Increase awareness and volunteer opportunities through service fairs, targeted campaigns, service clubs, etc.
Promote Rose Haven at fundraising events including Food for Thought Dinner, Branching Out Reception and Reigning Roses Walk
Survey homeless regarding climate change impact
Increase social media presence on Instagram for Rose Haven and Youth Outreach Board

Teen Clothing and Supplies

Hold other drives in schools, neighborhoods and businesses throughout the year for needed supplies (hygiene, outdoor supplies, etc.)
Keep shop supplied with desirable, good teen wear on an ongoing basis

Reigning Roses Walk

Create fundraising team for Mother’s Day event
Secure 80 volunteers for day of event
Canvass community with pre-event promotional materials

What Can I Do to Help?

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