The Kids First Project Blog

January 15, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight of the Month: Jackie Zhang

A current sophomore at Sunset High School, Jackie is our first Volunteer of the Month! Read on to learn more about her love for gelato and Keeping Up with the Kardashians..

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January 13, 2017

Student Work from Poeteen’s Poetry Workshops

Poetry created by youth staying at New Avenues for Youth, compiled by Sophia Mautz, one of our Volunteer Leaders.

September 20, 2016

How We Should Really Bridge the Inequality Gap

Jay Z can afford to drop fifty five million dollars on a racehorse without batting an eye, and as a member of a capitalist society, he has every right to do so. Yet, every time I see the sharp juxtaposition of celebrities and millionaires against the ever growing homeless population in Portland, Oregon, I am struck by the feeling that something is fundamentally wrong. These examples of the richest of the rich being able to afford everything their heart desires while the majority of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck exemplifies the wealth inequality which plagues our world and renders upward mobility impossible.

August 19, 2016

Understanding the Relationship between Poverty and Childhood Development

In an era where human intelligence is increasing exponentially, the explosion of global poverty has created an educational gap within the human race. Today, Oregon is spending billions of dollars on public education, from purchasing countless, pricey textbooks to investing in high tech devices, yet we are ranked 48th in the nation in terms of high school graduation rates and 46th for early childhood education. Taking into account the many external factors placed upon youth, my experiences led me to the question: how does poverty play a role in a child’s development and education? Observing a generational cycle of poverty, I decided to look into the effects of poverty on child development.

January 27, 2016

Trust Women 2015 Conference: Confronting Pressing Issues of our Time

I was recently part of the ANNpower Global Delegation to the 2015 Trust Women Conference in London, a conference dedicated to "putting the rule of law behind women's rights" with a focus on modern day slavery and human trafficking. I met global thought leaders, from Tunisia to India to Switzerland. The conference offered a chance to interact with leaders of multinational corporations, governments, and NGOs. Discussions occurred both on and off the stage, and potentially impacted the lives of thousands of people.