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A Fresh Start


BigBoy AutumnThis summer the Bureau of Development Services, Customer Service Team was given the opportunity by the Director Paul Scarlett and Commissioner Randy Leonard to participate in the Portland Public School's "School to Work" Program.

The purpose of our involvement in this program was to introduce the City of Portland's jobs, benefits and services to high school students and give them the opportunity to take a field trip to BDS, job shadow and/or participate in an after school or summer internship. This program was also designed to assist the bureau in achieving it's goal of developing a diverse and culturally competent workforce.

BigBoy AutumnThrough this program, Parkrose student Autumn BigBoy was given the opportunity to work this summer as an intern and temporary replacement for a recently retired employee. Autumn is a Native American from the northern Cheyenne tribe located in Lamedeer, Montana. Autumn is considered a "fancy shawl dancer" at her Native American Pow-Wows. Her culture is a very important aspect of her life and the rituals help keep her grounded. For example, she sweats in a Sweat Lodge, which is a spiritual place to let all things go and be one with yourself and the Creator. She is a recent graduate of Parkrose high school and a proud teen mother to her 11 month old son Ayjay. [Read Full Story]

Tiffani Penson,

BDS Outreach Program Coordinator




September 12, 2007 at 11:07 AM

As one of Autumns big sisters, I want to sincerely thank Ms. Penson, BDS and the City of Portland for allowing Autumn this opportunity. I am so very proud of her and the obstacles she's overcome in her young life. She is a role model for those even much older than herself.


Janelle Murk

September 12, 2007 at 11:49 AM

As a family friend, I am so very proud of what this young lady has accomplished in her life!
She still has that sparkle in her eyes that gives all of us hope for tomorrow in the future of all our youth.

Great Job Autumn!

Your Friend, Janelle


Natasha Dawson

September 12, 2007 at 10:58 PM

Great work Ms. BigBoy! It has been a pleasure getting to know you as well as having the opportunity to work with you son. Keep striving toward your goals and never give up. You have proven that you can overcome whatever comes your way. Remember you can do much with the help of others but it takes the willing mind to take the first step toward a "fresh start". Keep up the good work!

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