Empowering Rosewood Girls through Dance

It’s performance day for the “Dreams Really Can Come True” ballet dance camp with The Aspire Project !  We are so grateful to be able to host this week-long, free camp for 14 young girls in our neighborhood, the second camp this summer with Aspire.  The girls  learned 4 songs, practicing every day this week and are about to perform for friends and family today at noon.  We are so proud of their hard work!




A Day in Rosewood…

We started out Wednesday morning by welcoming a group of international leaders to talk about law enforcement and community.  The visitors were from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, working in law enforcement, youth programs, journalism, tourism, human rights, public safety and community engagement.  During their visit to the US they wanted to learn about community policing practices, so Teri Poppino with City of Portland Crime Prevention invited them to Rosewood.  We introduced the group to Rosewood community members, our SE Works employment specialist, the Latino Network youth group, members of the faith community, plus Portland Police, the DA’s Office, Parole and Probation and more. What a perfect conversation to have here!!


In the afternoon, we had youth setting up the community studio with a generous donation of equipment from our friend Graham Wright, plus people looking for work, apartments and studying for their GED and college placement tests. We have created a really positive and productive vibe around here!

Community Alliance of Tenants held a Renter’s Rights workshop here in the evening, attended by about 60 people.  The workshop was presented in 5 languages (Nepali, Karen, Burmese, Spanish and English!) and was a huge success in helping people understand the responsibilities of tenants and landlords. This is critical information for our most vulnerable populations, especially the ones that are not proficient in English and need to know their rights. Thanks CAT!


GED Tutoring at Rosewood

Every Monday- Thursday from 2-4pm we offer GED tutoring for local residents. Thanks to Multnomah County, Londer Learning Center, and our wonderful team of tutors we can give folks a little extra one on one to help them successfully earn their GED.  Spread the word that this resource is available at least until the end of August.

And…the youngsters can hang out, too!



Summertime Fun at Rosewood

There’s been a constant stream of activities, projects and events already this summer!

The latest this week, FREE GED tutoring Monday-Thursday from 2-4pm.  Thanks to a partnership with Multnomah County and Londer Learning Center, we have GED study materials and experienced tutors to help community members earn their GEDs. We’ve already had several folks start and are looking forward to helping them reach their goals.

Don’t forget, we have Ton Ja here from SE Works every Wednesday and Thursday helping folks find and be prepared for work. She’s doing a great, we absolutely love her! She has successfully placed several Rosewood neighbors in jobs in the community and enrolled others in job prep and certification programs. We’re so grateful for the partnership with SE Works, it’s already helping bring much needed services to our neighborhood.

Please let people in the SE 162nd Ave area know about these opportunities!

Today was the first day of hosting Latino Network’s youth art workshop, which will happen every Wednesday for the rest of the summer! It’s great to have their young, creative and positive energy in Rosewood.

Stop by!



Dancing at Rosewood!

We have had a lot of great energy here lately, and we’ve been dancing!

Last week, The Aspire Project held a Musical Theater Dance Camp with 15 Rosewood girls ages 8-10 years old.  They had so much fun working together throughout the week and performing for friends and family on Friday afternoon.

Check out this great article in Gresham Outlook about it Aspire Dance Camp at Rosewood!

dancecamp.July2013JimClarkPhoto by Jim Clark.

Then on Saturday we hosted Morpheus Youth Project Hip Hop! We had about 20 youth breakdancing and freestyling, can’t wait to do it again on July 20th! Thanks everybody that helped out, Carlos with MYP, DJ Kutthroat for providing tunes and Alex Southward for the awesome new mural.


Photos by Matthew Ruddy and Photo Mash-Up by Jossie Hernandez!


Summer Kick Off!!

Our Rosewood Summer Kick Off last Friday night was incredible! There were over 100 people here celebrating and dozens of volunteers that made it a successful and safe event.  We are really proving we can change the vibe at 162nd with all of our neighbors, partners and friends.  This was just the kick off and we’re looking forward to lots more fun this summer…

Summer Kick Off shout out and thank you to: David Douglas HS Restorative Justice class, Mexica Tiahui traditional Aztec dance group, Morpheus Youth Project, One Life, American Indian Movement, DJ Weather, Double Up, Mighty Misc, All Soul, The Locals….and everyone!!

Come practice your hip hop skills this coming Saturday, June 22nd from 2-4pm with Morpheus Youth Project, One Life and others at Rosewood!

photo(5)photo(6)These Rosewood Youth have become great leaders in the community over the past few months, thanks Aaron, Jason, Carlos, Jossie, Andy and friends The Locals! (and Mike, of course)

Thank you Portland State students!

HUGE thank you to Portland State University Community Development students for spending nearly 500 hours over the past 6 months helping Rosewood develop a volunteer program.  We are so appreciative of your hard work, diligence to detail and willingness to be adaptive to our community needs.  It’s been a wonderful learning opportunity to build capacity in our organization and offer a real world learning experience for the students to understand the “complexities of non-profit management,” as you all so eloquently noted!

Special thanks also to the Community Development department, Professors Charles Heying and Richard White for their leadership in connecting theory and practice, and to Trish Graf for helping us write a successful proposal to the program.


Congrats to Classique Floors Owner Judith Huck!


Classique Floors Owner Judith Huck (left) poses with Interior Designer Annette Leoni-Idler at their Ladies’ Night, where they hosted a dozen local women owned businesses at their store in Rosewood (14127 SE Stark St).  Rosewood ladies, if you missed out, they hope to host another one this coming fall!

Judith was recently awarded the 2013 Oregon State Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration.  We are so proud to have such a fantastic, successful and community minded business owner in the Rosewood District. Way to go, Judith and Classique Floors team!!


Paint Party!

Rosewood got a fresh coat of paint last Saturday and we are looking good! A group of about 25 volunteers came over to help spruce up our new space. Special thanks to our friends for donating their time, talent and tools to make it happen: Manuel Morales, Stark Firs, Miller Lopez, Kelly and Dave Pauli at Freedom FourSquare, Habitat for Humanity, PSU Architecture Department, Lt. John Scruggs, John McVay, Tom Lewis with Centennial Community Association and our many neighbors.

Next up, flooring…lighting…and HEAT!

Stop by to check out the work in progress and see how you can help, Tuesday-Friday from 2-6pm (16126 SE Stark).

Looking forward to seeing you and hearing your Rosewood story at the radio recording for OPB’s Think Out Loud Our Town series: Monday, April 15th at 6:30pm at Papas Pizza (16321 SE Stark).