Jordin Hall had enough. A bullied gay teen in the town of LaGrande, Oregon finally went to the playground and hung himself from a play structure last week. Today he lingers in a hospital in Portland, having been removed from life support.
Life support. It's a term to ponder, especially for those who are the victims of bullying. In a way, that's what the Lines for Life YouthLine offers teens: Life support.
In Oregon, voters rejected Ballot Measure 74, which would have created a system of unlimited dispensaries for medical marijuana. Proponents said it would help patients get their marijuana.
The death of 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi has become a clarion call to all of us about the real dangers of bullying. He was outed as being gay on the internet and he killed himself.
This clip from Ellen deGeneres is far more eloquent than anything I could write: View Ellen's Message
If you are struggling with bullying, questions about sexuality or any other issues, call us on the Oregon Partnership Help Line: (800) 923-HELP.
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to work with talented, creative, passionate and open-minded teens who want to give back to their communities.
Teens met regularly to discuss the issues affecting the Portland community and then created short films to share what they learned with the public. The films premiere this month.
Students Creating Entertainment for Neighborhood Empowerment (SCENE) is as unique as the youth who named the summer program.
I thought I would use my flagship OP entry to repost this poem blogged by a friend who (also) works with grieving children:
On the red-eye from Seattle, a two year-old
in the seat behind me screeches
his little guts out. Instead of dreaming
of stuffing a wad of duct tape
into his mouth, I envy him, how he lets
his pain hang out. I wish I too could drill
a pipeline into the fields of ache, tap
a howl. How long would I need to sob
before the lady beside me dropped
her fashion rag, dipped a palm
into the puddle of me?
Oregon Partnership and the Oregon Medical Association are teaming up to target parents about the dangers of underage drinking – and they should have a captive audience.
“Face It, Parents” posters have gone out to 4,500 Oregon doctors to be displayed in waiting areas and exam rooms. Oregon Partnership reports that requests for additional materials containing steps parents can take to prevent their kids from drinking are coming in at a brisk pace.
Cards entitled “Helping Parents Reduce Youth Alcohol Use” include six tips to help keep children safe, healthy and alcohol free.
The "Face I
YouthLine Everyday, by Scott
A Glimpse into a YouthLine Call
My name is Katie, and I volunteer at Oregon Partnership’s YouthLine, a teen-to-teen crisis line that offers a listening ear and resource referrals for struggling teens and their concerned friends and family members statewide. Before I joined YouthLine, I thought that I had a very open mind and broad viewpoints, and that I was generally a non-judgmental person. In my head, I justified the reasons why I categorized my friends by what they wore, how dark their make-up was, or what kind of house they lived in.