Growing up in Hood River, Oregon in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge I was fortunate to learn many adrenaline producing outdoor adventures from a young age. Recreational activities that put me face to face with my natural surroundings are for me the most effective to embrace the vibrating energy of the present. Connected to these pursuits were amazing teachers, community leaders, and pro-social adults who took the time to teach me the skills, patience, and endurance to continually stretch my skills. Today I recognize that these incredible relationships and healthy, engaging activities combined to support my individual growth.
From this personal life experience and a mild obsession with positive youth development research, I’ve learned that human development is profoundly influenced by both environment and relationships. Relationships formal or informal that cultivate trust, joy, and shared experience are fundamental to both individual and communal growth. Today, these observations have evolved into a deep-seeded belief in the power of mentoring. In my professional career I study and teach aspects of quality youth mentoring services.
As Program Manager with Oregon Mentors I provide capacity building support including training, professional development and technical assistance to youth mentoring programs throughout Oregon and SW Washington. In this role I help youth development practitioners incorporate evidence-based-practices to strengthen quality services for youth.
I support Trillium Charter School’s model of democratic education because I believe developmental relationships are at the heart of all learning. I look forward to a future when all Oregonians experience an educational community that fosters participation, shared understanding, and inspiration.
I am a proud parent of a Trillium third-grader in her fourth year here. School-wise, I taught Adventures in Learning classes to kids in improvisation with the synthesizer and exploring the Internet. I’ve also taught various college courses in computer science, and industry classes. I have consulted world-wide, and hold a BSCS and MSCS from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University.
Dr. John Lockhart is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Pacific University, supporting new teachers in developing culturally responsive practices and teaching science to all students. His research has focused on difficulties new teachers from dominant backgrounds experienced as they learned to teach in urban high schools. A former science teacher, John’s scholarly interests include science teaching and learning; the impact of society and culture on schools, teachers, students, and the learning process; and teaching as an artistic craft. He is a master at facilitating challenging conversations about race and equity in schools and supporting schools and districts in thinking through their next steps in creating more culturally responsive teaching programs. He is currently vice-chair of the Eugene School District Equity Committee, School Board Member with Trillium Charter School, and a Senior Associate at OCEE.
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Since 2010, Emily Jensen has served as the Lead Development Officer for the Forum for Youth Investment, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington DC. In that role, Emily works with foundations, corporations, and individual donors to garner financial support for both the Forum and for Ready by 21 efforts in communities across the country. In the past ten years, Emily has worked as a fund development consultant to a wide range of organizations, including the Impact Center, EPIC, and the Young Women’s Project, all in Washington, D.C.; the Children’s Institute in Rochester, N.Y., and the Office of Youth Programs at Southern Oregon University. A native Oregonian, Emily has her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Leadership from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. When she’s not raising money to help improve outcomes for young people, you can find Emily rowing on the Willamette River or pursuing an ill-advised home improvement project.