PASSION IMPACT RELEASES THE JUNE 2020 INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW 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
stefan@passionimpact.org


May 29, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact’s recently released their schedule for the June 2020 Informational Interviews. Students have successfully hosted interviews with over 30 professionals spanning eight states and four 4 countries to deliver insightful content for their high school peers.

Passion Impact administered a Survey Career Survey and they received voices from students at over 16 schools in the Portland Metro area and Salem. The top four professions voted on by students were: Photography, Fashion Design, Zoology and Wildlife Biology, & Child, Family, and School Social Worker. In listening to these students, their lineup for June 2020 is as follows is as follows: 

June 3 | School Social WorkerSahana Prasad: a social worker & trauma therapist who is passionate about supporting survivors of interpersonal and structural violence in their journeys to healing…

June 10 | Fashion Designers Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero: Influenced by their Latina heritage, they support their collection with intentionality and strength to combine a collective of honest and mindful products made in Los Angeles, California…www.selvanegra.us IG: selvanegra_

June 17 | Wildlife Biology – (Coming Soon!)

June 24 | PhotographerJosué Rivas: a creative director, visual storyteller and educator working at the intersection of art, journalism, and social justice…www.josuerivasfoto.com IG: josue_foto

Passion Impact invites high school students to explore informational interviews with them throughout June.

Read more.

Register 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: stefan@passionimpact.org
Phone: (503) 912-4241


PASSION IMPACT HOLDS 50TH BOARD MEETING & SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT

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
stefan@passionimpact.org


May 28, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact’s Board held it’s 50th Board Meeting on May 20th! The majority of the meeting focused on their preparation for the 2020-21 Strategic Plan and how they plan to include students, parents, teachers, staff, and partners in the process. 

A rough draft is ready to be reviewed by community members with all feedback submitted to the leaders of each Imperative. Passion Impact seeks the voices of students and parents of color and of marginalized communities, AVID teachers, Career Counselors, SUN Coordinators, and nonprofits across the Portland Metro area. 

To review and submit your feedback, visit www.passionimpact.org/2020-21-strategic-plan-community-survey/

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: stefan@passionimpact.org
Phone: (503) 912-4241


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
stefan@passionimpact.org


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: stefan@passionimpact.org
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
stefan@passionimpact.org


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: stefan@passionimpact.org
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
stefan@passionimpact.org


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: stefan@passionimpact.org
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
stefan@passionimpact.org


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: stefan@passionimpact.org
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
stefan@passionimpact.org


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: stefan@passionimpact.org
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
stefan@passionimpact.org


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: stefan@passionimpact.org
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
stefan@passionimpact.org


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: stefan@passionimpact.org
Phone: (503) 912-4241


PASSION IMPACT HOSTS LOCAL NONPROFIT SERVICE LEARNING PANEL IN 11TH GRADE AVID CLASS

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
stefan@passionimpact.org


FEBRUARY 14, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is excited to announce that on February 13, at 2:30 PM they hosted a Service Learning Panel with three local organizations in Mr. Dykman’s 11th grade AVID class. Since Spring 2019, Passion Impact and Mr. Dykman have been working closely to tie together the AVID curriculum and Passion Impact’s Service Learning curriculum. 11th graders in AVID are required to take on a service learning project, yet with all other requirements of AVID teachers from the school, the district, the state, and the federal government, it becomes difficult to implement a curriculum on which teachers have not yet been trained. Passion Impact serves as a critical partner for the service learning implementation and by hosting a Service Learning Panel, providing students with the necessary first hand research that is required by the curriculum. 

The locational focus on the Service Project is the Lents Neighborhood because many of the students in Mr. Dykman’s classes live in or around that neighborhood. Passion Impact invited three organizations that serve the Lents Neighborhood and overall SE Portland. Ana from Rose CDC Lents Youth Initiative, Todd from Jade District and APANO, and Leah from SE Uplift answered questions from over 30 students about their work, the need that is unmet, and how students can help alleviate that need. 

Over the subsequent three weeks, Adrianna Davis, Passion Impact’s High School Program Coordinator will facilitate reflections with Mr. Dykman’s classes to pinpoint the specific Service Learning Project that his 11th graders will host.

View photos from the event

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: stefan@passionimpact.org
Phone: (503) 912-4241