Friends of the Children—Portland’s one-to-one long-term mentoring structure was and continues to be tested by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our timely and sudden halt of in-person activities and transition to virtual was not done without many conversations and considerations and similarly, the return to in-person has also been a big turning point. One of the first group activities that our Rockwood program site hosted was a youth engagement evening that focused on Hispanic-Latino heritage.
Rose S., our Associate Director of Family and Alumni Engagement, planned and led the evening of cooking and learning. The youth, Friends, and staff were thrilled to be in community together again. Everyone worked to make salsa, tortillas, horchata, and gallo pinto, a traditional bean and rice-based dish native to Central America. The youth were impressed with how good the food they made tasted and were proud of themselves for preparing the dishes.
Friends had lots to share about the engagement dinner:
The opportunity for our program to put on this youth engagement event was in thanks to Vital Life Foundation. We are thankful for our sponsors who allow us to continue walking alongside youth in this mentoring and supportive capacity that more deeply connects them with their Friend, peers, and FriendsPDX staff. To learn more about corporate engagement and sponsorship opportunities, please check out our Get Involved > Ways to Give section located here.