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BDS Employee Wins the 2008 Youth Champion Award


Youth Champion Award 2On September 16, 2008, Outreach Program Coordinator Tiffani Penson was presented with the 2008 Youth Champion Award. This is an opportunity for bureaus across the City to recognize employees who go the extra mile to involve and support young people in the work of the City of Portland. The winner of this award is selected by youth themselves through the Multnomah Youth Commission, the City’s official youth policy advisory body.

The “School to Work” program was created with the full support of Commissioner Leonard and Director Paul Scarlett to enhance the bureau’s outreach efforts to youth and to assist in diversifying the bureau. Youth Champion Award 3It is the second year that five Immigrant Refugee Community Organization students and five Portland Public High School Students have teamed up with BDS staff to work seven weeks in the summer. The first year’s interns included students from Parkrose High School and this year’s interns included students from Jefferson High School.

In addition to this program being a great learning opportunity for the students, it is an even better opportunity to see all of the wonderful things the world has to offer in a social capacity. By combining field trips such as White Stag Building, Tram Tour, Pearl District and attending live theater at the Gerding Armory Theater. Youth Champion Award 1“Tiffani's passion and dedication to working closely with young people and acknowledging their talents and contributions is very much appreciated and through this award was recognized and well deserved”, says Director Paul Scarlett.

Thank you Adrienne Edwards and Paul Scarlett for supporting my efforts and submitting my name for this award and to the staff for working with, mentoring and welcoming the students to BDS.

For more information on the Summer Internship Program, contact Program Outreach Coordinator Tiffani Penson at (503) 823-1109 or


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