“Teachers have affected my life more than anyone throughout my entire life. Specifically my English teachers because it’s always been my best class. They’ve been the biggest supports that I’ve had. I’ve had English teachers take me to their house for the holidays. I’ve had English teachers over the summer invite me over.”
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
p:ear was fortunate enough to again work with photographer Charles Gullung for a portrait series. p:ear youth were asked to choose an object that gives them strength for their portrait, and the result is a deeply moving look at simple but sustaining objects that push us through the day and give us our humanity. Every thing from a cup of coffee to a photo of one's child show how the simple and complex help life keep moving. Charles' profound series gives a glimpse into the lives of p:ear youth. Enjoy!
View the portraits here.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Stop by the "Portland Bag Show" featured in the Peoples Art Gallery at Pioneer Mall. Actress and artist Maggie McOmie provided shopping bags from her travels to now be constructed into unique works of art. This benefit for p:ear features over 100 artists and runs through Dec. 4th.
We had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak of some of the creations and they are looking incredible! Ranging in dimensions to textures to colors, Portland artists have truly gone outside of the box.
40% of the proceeds go to p:ear so shop away!
Opening receptions starts at 5pm
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Once a year…
…the heroes and villains of Portland, Oregon set aside their weaponized superpowers and their moral differences for a single night of drinking, dancing, and superpowered high-fives. That night, known to some as the Alter Egos Society’s Hero/Villain Ceasefire, is soon to return for a fifth year… On November 12, heroes, villains, sidekicks, minions, and ambivalent masterminds alike will descend upon Ella St. Social Club united under a single cause: charity!
Our annual Ceasefire event is half party, half charity fundraiser for our favorite non-profit group, p:ear. The Alter Egos Society long ago decided that if we are to party, we shall party for a cause, and p:ear’s work with at-risk and homeless youth is heroic indeed! A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to p:ear, including sales of raffle entries, DVDs of our original short film, Archives of the Fantastic, and proceeds from all tiers of online ticket sales!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
- Call or fill out the easy online form here.
- Schedule a free pick-up for your clunker.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Remember when p:ear youth were weaving pieces for Aurelie Tu's Crafted Systems last summer?
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Lake reveres and appreciates the women and men who shared their special mother-wisdom and mentored him. He honors this mother spirit in his own way through his community-based legal work, support of P:ear, and by inspiring this month’s menu.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
p:ear is looking for local partners for our annual holiday Giving Tree.
Every winter, our youth are looking for basic needs such as socks, backpacks, bus tickets, gift cards, art supplies and other items that are around $25. The Giving Tree helps us supply our youth with the things they need throughout the year.
How you can help
p:ear youth hand-decorate ornaments for display at your business, school, or church. Employees, students, people from your congregation select an item to purchase and donate to p:ear. Collect all the items and bring to p:ear before p:ear's Christmas Brunch on December 25th. No wrapping required!
Your gifts make a difference
Last year, the Giving Tree brought in nearly $5,400 of gifts. Youth are able to use bus tickets to get to and from work, backpacks for carrying school books and art supplies, and socks and ponchos to stay warm and dry. A HUGE thank you to our 2010 participants: Portland Center Stage, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, OHSU, Floating World Comics, Anka Gallery, TwentyFourSeven, Cupcake Jones and Arabella Salon.
Participate in the Giving Tree
Want to participate? Have more questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
"Without p:ear, there would be more young adults struggling to carve a niche in the world for themselves—alone"
Sometimes we experience something which deeply connects us to our community, pulls at our core, moves us to change the way we pursue life; if even in a subtle way.
Over the summer I enrolled in a senior capstone class at Portland State University which brought me closer to the issues of food insecurity and homelessness than I ever thought possible. Through that class, the other students and I worked closely with Pippa, Joy, Beth, and other volunteers to cook food for the kids at p:ear. Additionally, we organized a fundraiser that was, in our humble opinions, a monumental undertaking.
As the class progressed and my knowledge of social issues grew, I found myself profoundly moved by what the folks at p:ear provide with small donations. Not only do they feed people with donations alone, they serve good, nutritious, tasty, soul-satisfying meals. The staff and volunteers work extremely hard to acquire this food and create a safe space. Observing their hard work cemented my resolve for organizing an event to assist their cause. I knew we were more than capable of organizing an event, and I felt personally compelled to volunteer my time and energy to do so.
Throughout the planning of the fundraiser, I became increasingly aware of p:ear’s mission, and as the date of the fundraiser drew near I further realized the impact that their organization has on the community it serves. Without p:ear, there would be more young adults struggling to carve a niche in the world for themselves—alone. I firmly believe that the success of our fundraiser was a direct result of the connection we felt as a class to p:ear’s work.
My time with p:ear was an experience that shifted the way I will pursue my life, and I look forward to continuing to build a connection with all the folks at 338 NW 6th Avenue.
Monday, October 10, 2011
p:ear is always happy to support non-profit partners like My Voice Music and recent Skidmore prize recipient Ian Mouser. Check out the details on My Voice's CD release party and upcoming fundraiser!
Join My Voice Music for our 3rd Anniversary Fundraiser and first ever CD release Party! This year's event will be very special. In addition to hosting our largest and most exciting event to date, we will be releasing our first compilation CD of music performed, written and recorded by MVM students! Each song on the album is prefaced by memorable stories of how, where and when the songs were created and is read by notable Portlanders including Mayor Sam Adams, Storm Large, Dave Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread, Chelsea Cain and many more. Click the link to get a sneak peak.
THE COST: $20 at the door includes a copy of the My Voice Music 2011 Student Compilation, "Today Is A New Day" and a drink ticket upon admission!
Purchase tickets and RSVP here.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The p:ear recreation program received a significant and much-needed boost from the OCF Nike Employee Grant Fund. Nike employees awarded p:ear $10,000 to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for homeless youth to experience relaxation, personal growth, confidence and play beyond the limits of their urban context. Youth participate in monthly trips to Mt. Hood, the McKenzie River and other locations around the Portland region. Part of the OCF Nike Employee grant will grow the number of trip offerings.
Launched in spring 2010, the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), is granting up to $600,000 per year for three years to local nonprofit organizations or schools that wish to join Nike in creating positive social and environmental change.
The Oregon Community Foundation works with businesses such as Nike, as well as individuals and organizations, to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.
Grant application materials are available online at www.oregoncf.org. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund at OCF may contact the Portland office at 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205, 503.227.6846.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
You may be aware that our freezer failed at p:ear costing us the loss of a whole pig, a summer's worth of vegetables and our meal plans for the entire winter.
A number of people have stepped up to help us replenish our stocks but we don't have a reliable way to store food. WE NEED A NEW FREEZER and a new freezer costs $2,000.
To that end, during the p:ear seeds drive, The Collins Foundation is willing to match every new donation 3 to 1! With the Collins Match if only 20 people donated $35. we could buy a freezer at the end of the month. This is the time to maximize your donation allowing us to get a freezer asap! Go the the p:ear website at www.pearmentor.org, select "donate" and in the notes section type "freezer". Ask your friends to support p:ear at this very essential and critical level. Do it now.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Get your tickets here!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
p:ear is thrilled about a new partnership with Utrecht Art Supplies! On First Thursdays at p:ear's on-site Trim/Vojdani Gallery (named for arts patrons and p:ear supporters, Leslie Trim and Iraj Vojdani), guests and passerbys are treated to a vibrant collection of p:ear youth art and works by local guest artists. p:ear youth are a creative, innovative bunch, making use of a random collection of interesting (read: mismatched) materials! But the youth will find something different this school year… Thanks to a generous donation by Utrecht Art Supply, youth now have access to a ready supply of gesso, acrylic paint, mat board and frames!
“Utrecht is excited to be able to help p:ear take their gallery to the next step. We are happy to support an organization that creates a safe and caring place for at risk and homeless youth. The relationship that p:ear creates between local artists and p:ear attendees is truly unique. I am thrilled that Utrecht has started a partnership with p:ear and I am looking forward to seeing our relationship grow and prosper,” says Kimber Shiroma, Utrecht manager
Youth keep 90% of the proceeds of any piece that they sell through our gallery - it's designed to be a place where Portland's homeless young people can see themselves differently - as participants in Portland's vibrant arts scene, instead of being continuously "outside" the galleries and outside of our community. p:ear's gallery gives these youth and you a new way to meet in an environment that fosters true pride and healthy interactions! Thank you, Utrecht Art Supply, for recognizing the positive efforts of these young people!
Come visit our gallery at our next 1st Thursday opening featuring p:ear youth and guest artist, Ryan Birkland. Thursday October 6th, 2011 - NW 6th and Flanders, 6-9pm. Free espresso from p:ear barista school!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Schedule Of Events
|6:00-7:00||Arrive. Mingle. Eat. Take a Seat.|
|7:00-8:30||Movies! Movies! Movies!|
|8:30||Vote for your favorite short film|
|8:46||Clapping, Cheering (no crying, come on people, it’s just a friendly competition)|