Portland Children's Levy Newsletter


Dan Saltzman, Portland City Commissioner | Lisa Pellegrino, Director 
Pass it On
PCL: What we're working on...
During the next year you'll be hearing a lot about two projects we have embarked upon: a Community Engagement initiative 
and a Process Improvement effort, both in preparation for a competitive funding round planned for 2019-2020. We'll be providing updates on both of these projects in the coming months and have created a handy timeline to refer to as well:

A community conversation about youth in the justice system
All are invited to a listening session on youth in the justice system, where community members are invited to share their perceptions, thoughts and concerns. The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m.,
Sept. 12th at the Rockwood Center, Wesley "Grand" Room, 17805 SE Stark St. Questions can be sent to MUL.Court.Listening@ojd.state.or.us
PCL Making a Difference:
Metropolitan Family Service
"It's not easy for people to ask for help," shares Heather Donaldson, Metropolitan Family Service Parent Coach.  Heather meets weekly with families in their own homes to discuss the day-to-day challenges of raising a child such as managing tantrums, establishing rules and positive discipline techniques.  The MFS child abuse prevention service is focused on building trust in relationships. "The parents are trying SO hard. Seeing a family happy is the reward of doing my job well."
MFS clients: 8-month-old Jasmond 
and parent Reanisha

Summer Fun for PCL Programs!
Puentes Primaria Summer Camp
Check out these fun pics of kiddos getting some well-earned Slip n' Slide time at El Programa Hispano Católico's Puentes Primaria Summer Camp. The camp is an extension of the PCL-funded after school program that provides culturally specific academic support & cultural enrichment for K-5 students in NE Portland.

Do you have a story about a PCL-funded program which might make a great video or photo gallery? If so, contact  John Coghlan  with the details.
Allocation Committee News
At a recent Portland City Council meeting, members voted to renew the two-year term of PCL Allocation Committee member Julie S. Young. City Commissioner and AC Chair Dan Saltzman noted: "Julie has been an invaluable member and a wonderful colleague...She has brought wisdom and dedication to her role for the Levy as we oversee funding decisions, this year investing $21 million in children's programs in the city."

Also at the meeting,  Council approved appointing Mayor Ted Wheeler to the PCL Allocation Committee in January 2019 to assume Commissioner Saltzman's seat on the AC as his City Council tenure winds down. The Mayor spoke of Comm. Saltzman being a long-time champion of the Levy and of the city's children:  "Your leadership on this over the years and inspiration to do this ... has really been one of the most important milestones in a long career. I am honored to provide that transition and I'm committed to working with this council to make sure it's successful."

In other AC member news, Multnomah County appointed Felicia Tripp Folsom, deputy director of the Portland Housing Center, to be the new county representative on the AC, taking over for outgoing member Serena Stoudamire-Wesley.

PCL staff anticipate a Fall 2018 meeting. Notices will be sent to the database and issued on Levy social media platforms. 
Early Childhood Updates
Save the date for social service training through BPI/TSU

Click here for more information on the "Social Services Competency Based Training Program" delivered in partnership with the Black Parent Initiative and Tennessee State University. Registration is open for modules in September, December and January, and are structured to align with the Head Start Relationship-based competencies for staff working with families. They include 64 lessons, 90 hours of classroom instruction, field mentor observations and a competency-based evaluation. Click here for a registration form.

 News to Use
Read how  New Avenues for Youth is reaching out to teens living on the streets of Portland. The Skanner story is here

C urrent and former youth in foster care have come together to make recommendations to state lawmakers on how to improve the system for their peers in foster care. Read The Skanner story here.
The 2018 Portland Children's Levy Community Report
The new PCL report, "Our Year in Profile" is hot off the press! This year, we asked children, students and families at six different programs to let us draw their profile and then they filled them with images representing who they are -- or who they hope to become. Thanks to our amazing artists who showed through their colorful profiles the empowering impact of PCL-funded programs.

Click here to view the report online. To request hard copies, email marygay.broderick@portlandoregon.gov
PCL Helps Nonprofits Recruit Volunteers

I t's a good idea to be listed on our Volunteer Opportunities page.  If you are an org that accepts volunteers, please  email us  with: 
  1.  A link: either to your website where volunteer information can be found, or the email and/or phone number of the name of the person responsible for volunteers.
  2. A short blurb about what you are looking for from volunteers.
  3. If you would like to include any specific wording about outreach to older and/or retired potential volunteers.
PCL Staff Contacts
Director, After School & Hunger grants:
Assistant Director and Early Childhood & Mentoring grants:
Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention & Foster Care Grants Manager:
Communications Director:

Community Outreach and Information Assistant
Fiscal Specialist:
Who We Are

The Portland Children's Levy was created by city voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed for the third time by the electorate in May 2018. Funding for the new five-year Levy begins July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, 2024.

The Levy is supported through a property tax paid by City of Portland homeowners that generates $17.8 million toward investments in proven programs in areas of Early Childhood, After School, Mentoring, Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention, Foster Care and Hunger Relief. The Levy reaches over 8,000 children and their families annually; in addition, Levy-funded hunger relief services provide food to over 11,000 children and 9,167 parents/caregivers annually.

The Levy is annually audited and administrative costs do not exceed 5 percent.
Questions? Contact: Call Mary Gay Broderick at 503-823-2947 or e-mail
See our website at www.portlandchildrenslevy.org

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