PASSION IMPACT RELEASES MAY INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS SCHEDULE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Stefan Peierls, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Passion Impact
5106 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97206
Local Phone: (503) 912-4241
www.passionimpact.org
[email protected]


APRIL 30 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is excited to announce that on May 4th, 2020 student facilitators Kayla Phu and Dania Factor will begin hosting May Informational Interviews Mondays and Wednesday from 4-5 PM PST. Interviewees were determined based on Passion Impact students’ interests.

• May 4th – Process and Transportation Engineers – Chrissy Wood & Dr. Emilio Jimenez
• May 6th – Working Abroad – Shannon Chang
• May 11th – Fundraising – Nina Nguyen
• May 13th – Passion Impact Alumni – College student Panel – Carly Chan & Judy Lam
• May 18th – Veterinarian – Carly Reilly
• May 20th – HealthCare Admin – Helen Dillen & Cindy Mai
• May 27th – Musicians – Don Haynes & Casey Sagolla-Slamp

“I thought that the April informational interviews went great! So I’m really excited to meet even more professionals for the upcoming ones in May.” – Kayla Phu

Read about each of the Interviewees for May in English and Spanish
Students can sign up for Informational Interviews here.

ABOUT PASSION IMPACT

Passion Impact engages youth in a lifelong exploration of career development through volunteerism and education! Passion Impact believes in a world where students claim community engagement as a tool of connectivity, curiosity, growth, and joy. Passion Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, working closely with Franklin High School, Portland Community College, and the students that attend both.


For information: https://www.passionimpact.org or
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 912-4241


TWO SOFTWARE ENGINEERS JOINED PASSION IMPACT STUDENTS FOR GROUP INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Stefan Peierls, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Passion Impact
5106 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97206
Local Phone: (503) 912-4241
www.passionimpact.org
[email protected]


APRIL 14, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is excited to announce that on April 13, 2020 two Software Engineers, Ben Scheiner and Ben Whitehead, were interviewed by local Franklin High School student leader, Kayla Phu over Zoom.

Kayla prepared diligently for her debut and through her interview questions, was able to guide both guests’ stories to reveal their educational and career pathways. She became intrigued with Ben Scheiner’s story about a repurposed auto-mechanic robot that he had previously helped program to respond to movie directors through the use of an Xbox controller. Kayla and other students on the call have previously taken robotics classes at their school and their eyes beamed knowing that the possibility to apply that knowledge is real. 

Both Ben Scheiner and Ben Whitehead did not intentionally start programming to become software engineers, yet found themselves growing more curious about the subject. Both attended college and also attested to the notion that there are multiple avenues to become a software engineer for all groups of students. 

Christina Ou asked if coding is for everyone or for a specific group of people. Ben Scheiner brought up impostor syndrome and noted that he recognizes it is harder for women and people of color to join the programming community. Yet, Ben mentioned that “you do belong and the industry does want you. The code does not care anything about what color you are or what chromosomes you have. It’s just code.”

“I learned that even software engineers get impostor syndrome and that its very common.”

Mery Gurung, Passion Impact Student Leader, Franklin High School Junior

“I learned that for startups, it’s good to strive being a small startup for a couple years while still being very applicable for the community.”

Kamerin Vesajd, PCC Student

“When I start job applications I can make sure that I put information that will actually be more important to getting the interview.”

Sasha Rosenthal, Passion Impact Student Leader, Franklin High School Senior

Missed the interview? Watch it here.

View April 2020 Informational Interview Lineup

Register to join Informational Interviews.

Safety is paramount with Passion Impact. Each of their Zoom calls has a “Bouncer” to manage admittance, muting, and removal of any participant who does not abide by Passion Impact’s expectations. For students who have missed previous interviews, head over to Passion Impact’s Youtube channel to view their recordings.

ABOUT PASSION IMPACT

Passion Impact engages youth in a lifelong exploration of career development through volunteerism and education! Passion Impact believes in a world where students claim community engagement as a tool of connectivity, curiosity, growth, and joy. Passion Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, working closely with Franklin High School, Portland Community College, and the students that attend both.


For information: https://www.passionimpact.org or
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 912-4241


PASSION IMPACT INVITES HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS TO JOIN APRIL INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS ONLINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Stefan Peierls, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Passion Impact
5106 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97206
Local Phone: (503) 912-4241
www.passionimpact.org
[email protected]


APRIL 13, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is excited to invite high school and college students to join their online Informational Interviews every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 4-5 PM. Passion Impact serves marginalized students in Portland Public Schools and is opening their tele-programming up to students across Portland. To join, students will need a computer or phone to sign up and to use Zoom. 

To date, Passion Impact’s Executive Director, Stefan Peierls has hosted each interview with Adrianna Davis, theHigh School Program Coordinator. Moving forward Kayla Phu, a Franklin High School Junior will be the leading interviewer.

Safety is paramount with Passion Impact, so each of their Zoom calls has a “Bouncer” to manage admittance, muting, and removal of any participant who does not abide by Passion Impact’s expectations. For students who have missed previous interviews, head over to Passion Impact’s Youtube channel to view their recordings.

“It’s my first time ever doing something like this. Getting to interview someone. I’ve always been the one being interviewed. So I’m excited for this!”

Kayla Phu, Informational Interviewer, Franklin High School Junior

April Informational Interview Lineup:

• April 1 – Equity and Inclusion Intern – Tamara Lash
• April 6 – English Technical Classroom Assistant call from Madrid, Spain – Nadia Rodela
• April 8 – Agriculture, Farming, Psychology, Nutrition – Catherine Nguyen
• April 13 – Software Engineer (Web Development) – Ben Scheiner & Ben Whitehead
• April 15 – Cultural Youth Services – Bryna Cortes & Ana Mendoza-Cruz
• April 20 – Engineering – Elaine Hung & Lindsay Higa
• April 22 – Law – Yahaira De Lara & Brian Falgiano
• April 27 – Tech, Mechanics, and Business – Dr. Kanika Agrawal
• April 29 – Healthcare/Hospital – Kim Izod & Dr. Marcos Villarreal

Meet the April Informational Interviewees

Register for the Informational Interviews

View previous Informational Interviews

ABOUT PASSION IMPACT

Passion Impact engages youth in a lifelong exploration of career development through volunteerism and education! Passion Impact believes in a world where students claim community engagement as a tool of connectivity, curiosity, growth, and joy. Passion Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, working closely with Franklin High School, Portland Community College, and the students that attend both.


For information: https://www.passionimpact.org or
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 912-4241

Kayla Phu, Franklin High School Junior, Informational Interview Facilitator

PASSION IMPACT INTERVIEW NADIA RODELA ABOUT HER LIFE AS AN ENGLISH CLASSROOM TEACHING ASSISTANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Stefan Peierls, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Passion Impact
5106 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97206
Local Phone: (503) 912-4241
www.passionimpact.org
[email protected]


APRIL 7, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is excited to announce that on April 6, 2020 from 4-5 PM PST, they interviewed Nadia Rodela. 

Currently Nadia resides in a suburb of Madrid, Spain experiencing the quarantine in her apartment and answering the needs of the teachers. As an English Classroom Teacher Assistant, her job is to support teachers in English instruction. While in training, the Spanish Government, for whom she works, told her to accept that she won’t be able to change the education system. 

Having gained her high school diploma from Westview High School in Beaverton, OR and the equivalent of her associates degree from Portland Community College by the time she was 18, she eagerly stepping into Portland State University with her eyes on education and travel. Nadia remembers going to office hours for her first time to converse with the Spanish Department Head about whether or not to make Spanish a minor or a major. To this day she looks back at that experience as an inspiration to immersing herself in teaching English in Spain today. 

“Super awesome to hear about how Nadia now lives in Spain teaching little kids! This inspires me to go back to Nepal one day to volunteer with kids.”

Mery Gurung, Passion Impact Leader, Franklin High School

Watch Nadia’s interview on YouTube and share it with a student who may be interested in learning about studying or living abroad.

ABOUT PASSION IMPACT

Passion Impact engages youth in a lifelong exploration of career development through volunteerism and education! Passion Impact believes in a world where students claim community engagement as a tool of connectivity, curiosity, growth, and joy. Passion Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, working closely with Franklin High School, Portland Community College, and the students that attend both.


For information: https://www.passionimpact.org or
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 912-4241


PASSION IMPACT PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN TO FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Stefan Peierls, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Passion Impact
5106 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97206
Local Phone: (503) 912-4241
www.passionimpact.org
[email protected]


APRIL 6, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is thrilled to announce that as of Monday April 6, 2020, students of Franklin High School are encouraged to apply to the paid Summer Internship.

Passion Impact’s Summer Internship is the training that will prepare student leaders as part of the Volunteer Event Program (VEP) for the 2020-21 School Year. In the VEP, students build monthly volunteer events at their school to make volunteering more equitable and accessible for the entire student body – specifically students who may not have the ability to volunteer off-campus. In addition, they invite nonprofits and community members to volunteer alongside and engage in conversation around educational and career pathways. Students can use these interactions toward graduation as they write about them in Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) of which Portland Public Schools requires two to graduate. 

To prepare students to lead the VEP, the Summer Internship gives students communication, social justice, and organizational tools that allow them to become more inclusive leaders. Students will be required to create job descriptions for themselves and their committees, to plan their first volunteer event of the year, and to recruit and train their entire team. Both Passion Impact and the students applying know that this experience is designed to be challenging, but the goal is not just to provide them with a resume builder. Passion Impact’s goal is to give students the opportunity to fail and to thrive in a collaborative atmosphere that will prompt them to actively engage in their future.

Read the job description

Apply here

ABOUT PASSION IMPACT

Passion Impact engages youth in a lifelong exploration of career development through volunteerism and education! Passion Impact believes in a world where students claim community engagement as a tool of connectivity, curiosity, growth, and joy. Passion Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, working closely with Franklin High School, Portland Community College, and the students that attend both.

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For information: https://www.passionimpact.org or
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 912-4241


PASSION IMPACT INTERVIEWED TAMARA LASH – OSU GRAD STUDENT AND TRAILBLAZER EQUITY & INCLUSION INTERN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Stefan Peierls, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Passion Impact
5106 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97206
Local Phone: (503) 912-4241
www.passionimpact.org
[email protected]


APRIL 1, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is excited to announce that on April 1, 2020, they hosted their first Informational Interview with Tamara Lash in a Zoom meeting. Tamara is a current Graduate student at Oregon State University studying College Student Services Administration with a focus in multicultural student support. She is also graduate assistant for AYA our womxn of color support initiative and the 1st Equity & Inclusion intern for the Portland Trail Blazers. 

“Super cool learning about Tamara’s experiences and povs! I had no idea the Trial Blazers had 17 different internships.”

Mery Gurung, Passion Impact Leader, Franklin High School Junior

VIEW THE INTERVIEW to learn about Tamara Lash’s educational and  Graduate School at Oregon State University or the Trail Blazers Internships.

ABOUT PASSION IMPACT

Passion Impact engages youth in a lifelong exploration of career development through volunteerism and education! Passion Impact believes in a world where students claim community engagement as a tool of connectivity, curiosity, growth, and joy. Passion Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, working closely with Franklin High School, Portland Community College, and the students that attend both.


For information: https://www.passionimpact.org or
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 912-4241


PASSION IMPACT BEGINS HOSTING TELE-PROGRAMMING FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Stefan Peierls, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Passion Impact
5106 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97206
Local Phone: (503) 912-4241
www.passionimpact.org
[email protected]


MARCH 20, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is excited to announce that on March 31st, they will be hosting tele-programming every weekday. Programs range from service, to career awareness, to discussions, to hangouts in order to provide students an opt-in atmosphere where they can engage with their peers while exploring career development. 

The following tele-programs require Zoom signups of students under 18, but not registration:

Informational Interviews – Students can learn about new educational and career pathways by attending and asking questions in Informational Interviews on Mondays and Wednesday from 4-5 PM.

Parent Support – For those parents or guardians who can’t read english, students can join Parental Support to help translate information in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Cantonese want to help make their parents aware of the programs every Monday from 1-2:30 PM.

Blogs and Vlogs – Students interested in writing and speaking about topics that mesh with Passion Impact’s mission can sign up to write, record, and publish under Passion Impact. 

Workouts with Kayla and Christina – Stay fit and let go of leading yourself through a workout. Kayla and Christina are athletes with a slew of motivational direction to keep you breathing hard between 12 -1 PM every Wednesday.

Games with Mery and Alan – Have fun meeting new friends and playing games while hanging out during your lunch time.  

The following tele-programs are for students under 18 and require GivePulse Volunteer Registration with confirmation of a parent/guardian over the age of 18:

Article Discussions – Students join Adrianna Davis, the High School Program Coordinator, to discuss articles that relate to current events, social justice, volunteerism & more every Tuesday from 12-1 PM.

The Connectors Communication Team – Led by Carly Chan, a PCC work-study student, The Connectors’ primary goal is to promote and communicate with students and prospective volunteers through the coordination of a communication plan. Students can apply to join the team that meet Thursdays from 3-4:30 PM.

“Being involved with PI makes the COVID-19 situation less lonely. I enjoy joining virtual meetings and talking with other students on ways we can provide events and online opportunities to student volunteers and other people in the community.”

Danni Iv, Passion Impact Leader, Franklin High School Senior

To learn more and to sign up for Passion Impact tele-programs, visit www.passionimpact.org/teleprogramming/

ABOUT PASSION IMPACT

Passion Impact engages youth in a lifelong exploration of career development through volunteerism and education! Passion Impact believes in a world where students claim community engagement as a tool of connectivity, curiosity, growth, and joy. Passion Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, working closely with Franklin High School, Portland Community College, and the students that attend both.

For information: https://www.passionimpact.org or
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 912-4241


Happy Birthday PI!

We’re a first grader now.

Happy Birthday PI, we’re no longer a toddler! We’re a full-fledged first grader with the ability to form sentences, to have cooties, to make conversation, and to express true desire toward our future. Through RV living, multiple office spaces, and now telecommuting, we’ve lived through a lot. Maybe we can even work on a train or sailboat in the future! I want to take this time to extend my gratitude to all those who have supported us through time, money, and intelligence to keep PI alive and growing. 

Most importantly, I want to thank the students who have played a part over the past 6 years, and those who continue to lead PI, for the inspiration that you provide me, our volunteers, Board Members, your peers, and the world. You are the reason that we continue to wake up with a purpose. Thank you!

I have felt frustration over the years surrounding our ability to grow, to serve students better, to include parents more, and to integrate in classes. Yet I am constantly reminded of the small successes that we have made to progress to where we currently reside. The most gratifying feeling is when – and hopefully teachers can empathize with me – alumni of our programs return to hang out and catch up. Some still ask for advice. In these precious moments, I let the clock fade into the background and invest in the moment of our conversation. Their relationships with partners and teams. Their anxiety around the future. Their desire to be the best they can with the resources they currently have. Their dreams. I get lost in their stories and I love when they invite me to experience their lives with them. 

As we engage more students and community members, I can only hope this is the basic enjoyment that everyone receives – a community. We recently added to our community by hiring our first full time High School Program Coordinator, Adrianna Davis, and three new Board members, Bryna Cortes, Maiyee Yuan, and Helen Dillen! Without diving too much into each of them (Read Carly’s blogs!), you should know that they are each extremely special women!

I will do my best to not subscribe to success amnesia, but let’s not ignore the grim reality of what we’re currently up against. Schools are now closed through April. Many of our students and their parents aren’t able to work. There are threats to the supply and food chains??. Communication around the pandemic is mixed with potential for casting doubt in the direction of progress. Need I go on?

If I were a pessimist, I may give in. Throw my hands up and walk away. Tell the students “Good luck, but there’s nothing we can do now”. But I am not pessimistic; I will do just the opposite. As a small nonprofit, we have the privilege of flexibly reacting to most situations. My aunt told me long ago that in moments of crises, people look to those who are educated. In serving our students who have handed an incredibly unstable world from wars, to climate, to now a viral pandemic, it is more important than ever they stay engaged with their education. If we fail to stimulate their curiosity to learn now, we will be putting them and our future at a disadvantage. 

Adrianna and I have been crafting plans for tele-programming and seeking student feedback and approval. We are actively using Slack as a communication hub which students have been trained on for 3 years now as the medium for learning, discussing, and connecting multiple times a week. We are continuing to ask the question “What benefits does this new reality offer our students?” and “How can we make these benefits accessible to them?” 

There is no doubt in my mind that the next three years will be extremely hard – not just for PI, but for our global community. This time in quarantine may just help each of us reflect on the most important issues for ourselves and our next generation. I will continue to work with Adrianna and our students to answer those questions so that we can persist to be a resource for their growth – a community for their souls. In these uncertain times, connection and celebration will spark our stamina to get through adversity ahead. Happy Birthday Passion Impact – here’s to another 6 years of service! 

With warmth and a tele-hug,

Stefan


Cultivating Passionate Leaders – Maiyee Yuan

Written by: Carly Chan
Edited by: Stefan Peierls

I gladly introduce you to one of our newest Passion Impact Board Members, Vice President of Partners–Maiyee Yuan. Maiyee is the Program Integration Manager at APANO and was very involved in OSU Cultural Resource Center during her college years. She went to a Title I high school where the majority of the students were Mexican, Vietnamese, and Chinese. “We always had the reputation of ‘everybody’s in gangs’, ’everybody’s doing drugs’,” she said, “The environment we existed in was not supportive of students’ development.” With Passion Impact, Maiyee wants to create pathways for underserved students to explore and grow in what they want to do.

Maiyee’s initial touchpoint with Passion Impact was when she served as an AmeriCorps member in 2017 and we shared the office space at 82nd and Division. “There were some interactions through my work in the Jade Night Market…and looking into opportunities how volunteerism can connect with activities in APANO,” she recalled. Maiyee’s work and effort brings a lens of community organizing into the development of Passion Impact by cultivating a more equitable space for the community. “For communities that are marginalized, it is important that we intentionally work with them…to create access and support that [will] help channel their energy.” 

One of Maiyee’s goals in Passion Impact is to connect service with community and identity. “At the end of the day, what people are most passionate about or people feel like is the most worthy of their time has to somehow impact…themselves or the community they see.” It is important that our paradigm of volunteerism shift from service that we do for others to service that impacts our community as it relates to our own values. “Students could ask…why I would dedicate my time to something that I don’t care about,” she added, “It is through volunteering and leadership development, we get very passionate people that can make changes locally, regionally, and even internationally.”

As Vice President of Partners, Maiyee is already applying her knowledge and experience she gained from community organizing to direct the vision of growing Passion Impact. Maiyee will build more reciprocal relationships with nonprofit partners that serve a diverse range of causes, and ultimately, will build a more inclusive space that will encourage students to grow and engage with their community.


Hardships and Challenges: Behind the Scenes of Event Planning

Written by: Mery Gurung
Edited by: Carly Chan

I believe experiences can take you to many places beyond a classroom. For the last couple months, my team and I  held our very first volunteer event–Social Justice Poster Art. Our goal for this event was to encourage young activists to express their views and concerns about specific social justice issues that are happening in the world right now in the form of poster art. This idea was a collective idea created by leaders who brainstormed during after school meetings. This event was not only for students but also for non-profits who volunteered alongside our students as they painted and conversed about career related topics. My hope is that students who attended the event left with more knowledge and awareness on current issues while also having fun with friends. 

Just four months ago, I was a stranger to Passion Impact. Joining Passion Impact was one of the best decisions I’ve made throughout high school. Fast forward three weeks in, I was already given the role to become a part of the team planning for the Social Justice Poster Art event. From knowing almost nothing about event planning to being able to put together an event in just a few weeks, I can see the transformation within myself. I first felt clueless and anxious but also excited as this is the first event I have ever planned; I have no idea as to what the outcome would be, what obstacles we would face during planning, and if the students attending would genuinely enjoy taking part in such an event.

Getting started was definitely a little rocky. Although we finished our event with five  people in the team, we only had two people in the team for the first two months: my partner, Kayla, and I. I never realized how many different concepts went into planning an event before this. By making sure we had planned every big and small piece, I learned to pay attention to details. We got the ball rolling in the beginning with the help of Stefan. He would help with the process of brainstorming by showing us videos that presented us with new concepts. He provided us with a binder filled with pages that consisted of organization layouts and checklists. It helped us to keep track of what we had accomplished. He also introduced me to the administrative side of our volunteer management database (Givepulse), where I wrote a description of what the event looks like for students and non-profits. I also approved volunteer hours and reflections that were recorded by students and non-profits.

One of the challenges for me was to hunt for the best materials, one being poster boards that can hold up paint well but at the same time be affordable. Originally, the plan was to order them online, but we feared that the material would not be what we had hoped so we changed our minds. Just as we predicted, when we saw the boards in person, they  failed all of our expectations. At that point, our options were very limited. That was when we realized that instead of searching for already perfectly made poster boards that are impossible to find, it would be much easier if we cut the poster boards ourselves by using a stencil of our ideal poster size. This experience taught me to think and react quickly on my feet which is useful in the future because I will always be running into obstacles no matter what courses I take in life.

The Social Justice Poster Art event was my first ever event that I helped plan and definitely will not be my last. By being put into situations far beyond my comfort zone, it stretched my leadership skill sets and challenged my abilities. These skills that I gained will impact the rest of my journey as a leader and as I am building my career in the future. Seeing how I grew from this experience was certainly surprising and crazy. From having little to no knowledge about event planning to knowing just that much more is a big step for me that I would not have thought to take four months ago before joining Passion Impact. Even with the moments of discomfort and stress, I consider this an unforgettable and satisfying experience in my life.