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BDS Summer Interns visit with the Mayor


BDS Interns at Mayor's Office 1The BDS summer interns from Jefferson High School and Immigrant Refugee Community Organization had the opportunity to visit with Mayor Potter this week to ask questions about his position as Mayor.

One of the first questions to the Mayor Potter from Jefferson Student Destinee Strickland was “What do you consider your most important task as Mayor?”  Mayor Potter stated “that listening to people and especially the voices of the youth was his most important task.  Mayor Potter learns by listening versus talking because as he stated “He already knows what he knows, but what he doesn’t know what others know”.

The Mayor’s Youth Engagement Coordinator, Nate Waas Shull was present with one of the Mayor’s interns Mona Lisa, and also Katherine, a member of the Multnomah Youth Commission. Nate and Katherine shared some exciting news about the TriMet YouthPass pilot project. This project is designed to supply bus passes to every student 6th – 12th grade student in Portland and Multnomah County, and a pilot program will start in September at Franklin and Jefferson High Schools. The goal of this project is to help ensure that students will have a means of transportation to school in addition to after school extra curricular activities.  It also helps students stay connected because they will be able to meet each other easier to study and attend group events.

Although the students were fairly shy and quiet, they were very pleased to spend the time with the Mayor and for the Jefferson students it was a nice follow up to the Mayor’s week long visit at their school in January 2008.

On behalf of the students and BDS, we would like to thank Mayor Potter and Youth Engagement Coordinator Nate Waas Shull.  See and listen to footage below.

For more information contact Tiffani Penson at (503) 823-1109 or email


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Tiffani Penson

July 31, 2008 at 11:31 AM

What a great opportunity!!! Exposing students to not only the workforce, but to all aspects of City government. Thank you BDS for providing this opportunity to the City youth.



Nate Waas Shull

July 31, 2008 at 1:53 PM

It was great getting to know the BDS interns better. It's an outstanding group of young people - and it's clear that they're getting some great experience.


Edgar Bolden

August 4, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Thanks BDS Customer Service Staff, especially Ms Penson, for taking the lead in exposing this cohort of young people to the world of public service.

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