This 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.
Through 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]
BDS Outreach Program Coordinator