In the summer of 2007, the bureau joined forces with Parkrose High School, “School to Work” facilitator Meg Kilmer to help BDS pick five qualified students to participate in our first summer student internship. The students were a great asset to the BDS team, so much so, that we extended their work opportunity and we currently still have student Autumn Bigboy working in the Document Services Section.
In addition to the School to Work program, BDS also agreed to participate at the school’s annual job fair and to lend our services where necessary in order to support Parkrose High School. On June 5, 2008 Tiffani Penson volunteered on behalf of the bureau to judge the Class of 2008 Senior Boards.
As a new graduating requirement, seniors are required to present their independent Senior Projects to a panel of business and community members as an effort for graduates to demonstrate that they take responsibility for their learning, make positive choices and can communicate in a mature manner. I was lucky to have been teamed up with Principal Roy Reynolds and three other community members to judge students that wanted to be anything from a pastry chef, kindergarten teacher, glass artist and nurse. The most interesting part of it was that two of the students decided after researching and working in the field they were no longer interested in becoming a glass artist and kindergarten teacher.
This is a great opportunity to help Parkrose High School and a fun volunteer opportunity. Next year I will be sending out information to invite staff to volunteer for this event if they are interested. Parkrose staff was very appreciative of the bureau’s participation and continued support.
For more information, contact Outreach Program Coordinator Tiffan Penson @ (503) 823-1109 or firstname.lastname@example.org