Short-Term Community Outreach Project!

Are you interested in dedicated a few hours on a short-term community outreach project for youth? Do you want to be involved in providing a long-lasting resource that will foster resiliency and positive youth development? Please read about this upcoming project to work with a team of students to do an evidence-based restorative space for youth in North Portland.

Project Overview

This community outreach project uses strengths-based research to create a restorative space for youth between the ages of 5 and 17 in North Portland that will give them opportunities to explore, feel connected, be creative, and engage in practices associated with positive youth development, including self-efficacy, social-emotional learning, and behaviors that support health and well-being. This project is funded by the President’s Faith Gabelnick Community Outreach Grant awarded annually by Pacific University.

Description of Tasks & Time Commitment

Students must be able to commit between 5-10 hours TOTAL from early November through early December. Hours are flexible and would include weekends and evenings with some tasks completed on your own time at home.

Students who become involved will assist with the following activities:

  • Create a “visual questionnaire” for youth of various ages so we can see what themes they want in the space
  • Help to research prices and buy items with our available funds
  • Room preparation, including assembling furniture and painting walls
  • Room decorating and completion
  • Come to the community “ribbon-cutting” celebration

Benefits for students

For students who participate, you can say you

  • got leadership and applied research experience,
  • learned about features of positive youth development and restorative spaces,
  • assisted a community organization and youth, and
  • completed a community outreach and/or service on your CV/resume

Next Step, Contact Me!

If you are interested, please contact me, Dawn Salgado (, prior to November 7th.


Dawn M. Salgado

Associate Professor of Psychology

Pacific University

2043 College Way

Forest Grove, OR 97116

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