The 2013 Oregon Afterschool Conference is THIS WEEK!
Our conference theme is Health, Safety and Nutrition and it's going to be chock-full of valuable, hands on and next-level training opportunities.
The date, time and place:
Friday, November 8, 2013
Saturday, November 9,2013
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr. NE
Salem, Oregon 97309
What to expect:
- Returning, Favorite Presenters
- New Fresh Faces
Topics ranging from school gardens and personal and program safety, to STEM, Resources, Art and Literacy, positive behavior management and music.
Need to add a fitness component to your program? We have a "how-to add a fitness component to your program" session this year!
Need ideas about how to teach computer science? We have that too.
Bundle Both Days and Save: $120
You're not going to want to miss it.
Visit our website at www.oregonask.org TODAY to register and find more information and session descriptions!
Faces and Places:
The Portland Kitchen
Portland is known for its food culture. From Screen Door to food carts to Poc Poc, there are foodies everywhere, with top class restaurants and specialty shops fueled by the passions of culinary entrepreneurs. Yet, in a city that is so passionate about its food, little is being done to educate and inspire the next generation of culinary artists. The Portland Kitchen is working to change that and so much more.
As I made my way down into
the basement of St. Matthew's Church in the Parkrose neighborhood of Portland I was greeted by a smile from Arielle Clark and a meatball beautifully arranged on a bed of yogurt sauce - a welcome I haven't yet experienced visiting afterschool programs across the state.I had arrived at The Portland Kitchen (TPK). Arielle, TPK's Culinary Program Director and Instructor, joins a group of high school students were making their way across the room to take a seat at the large kitchen table. There was a slight smoky haze in the room, a reminder of the hard work of making meatballs just completed by the group of ten high school students. Before I got settled down at the dinner table Abby showed me around the kitchen. Individual carts complete with burners, knives and leftover ingredients were arranged in a semi-circle directly outside the church's main kitchen, which Abby noted is not a restaurant-grade kitchen but works well.
Abby Herrera is the founder and Executive Director of TPK.
The Portland Kitchen is a relatively new non-profitorganization committed to preparing and empowering high school students for the world of work and careers in the culinary arts by developing their passion into skills, culinary best practices, two food safety certifications and more! Since its inception three years ago, the TPK team has worked hard to develop two TPK programs - summer and school year. Throughout the school year a group of roughly 23 students meet twice weekly for two and half hours. Throughout the year students from Madison and Parkrose high schools in NE Portland will refine and develop kitchen safety and knife skills; train for the Food Handlers permit and ServSafeŽ certificate; and cover meat, seafood and poultry preparation; baking; plating; menu creation; and budgeting. The summer program is a condensed version of the school-year program, expecting to run four days per week, for seven weeks.
Abby Herrera is a graduate of the Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Abby is passionate about workforce development, about preparing our young people to be contributing members of not only our economy but our communities as well. When asked why she chose to focus on cooking, Abby's answer reminded me of my days on Willamette's campus in my economics class - cooking gives TPK the biggest bang for their buck (or maximizing benefits). Cooking and the culinary arts not only give students the opportunity to learn basic jobs skills like collaboration, accountability, feelings of success and pride in one's work, but will also increase youth and community engagement. Maybe most notably, food and culinary education offers a framework for a lifetime of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. TPK and its donors are investing in our youth, investing in their passions in order to fuel Portland's culinary workforce - which in a foodie city like Portland is critically important.
Writing and reflecting on TPK's work the question that keeps bubbling up is: What is the relationship between work and passion? Yes, it's critically important that we fuel our workforce, that we set kids up to succeed in work and life. But is this possible without tapping into their passions? Afterschool programs have the keen ability to tap into what makes kids tick in order to get them more engaged in school and put them on a path to success. TPK is doing just that for students interested in and passionate about the culinary arts.
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Resources & Opportunities
2014 Adolescent Sexuality Conference
Call for Workshop Proposals
We are currently seeking workshop proposals for the 2014 Adolescent Sexuality Conference, April 7-8, 2014
in Seaside, Oregon.
Proposals are due November 18, 2013.
*Linking Youth Services
*Cross Cultural Communication
Please submit your proposal on or before the November 18th deadline using this form. The program committee will review these proposals and will notify you if your proposal is accepted. Electronic submission is preferred.
If you have questions, please contact Lila Duncan, Conference Coordinator at