On Sunday, February 15, Know Your City had a release party for Jade Journal #1, a student-generated multilingual newspaper about the SE 82nd community at APANO’s Jade District Office. The paper is the culmination of a 12-week KYC youth program with Tim Schulze’s 5th-grade class at Harrison Park School, with assistance and lesson planning from designer and educator Travis Neel.
Know Your City expresses a warm thank you to everyone who attended the event. It was terrific to hear students read the stories they had written: Thanks, Elaine and Jacoby! Harrison Park teacher Tim Schulze spoke and introduced the students and recounted highlights from the program. Anita Yap, APANO board member talked about the benefits a youth project like the Jade Journal has on the SE 82nd community. Many of the guest speakers who visited the class were also on hand to share experiences from working with the students, Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, Ronault “Polo” Catalani, Michael Lui and Rosaline Hui. Everyone was excited to see the inaugural paper in its final version.
Jade Journal was featured in an article in the Oregonian by Casey Parks, What’s life like East of 82nd? Ask the kids. And if you didn’t catch it, be sure to check out our blogpost leading up to the Jade Journal release event.
Want to get a copy of Jade Journal? In the coming weeks, we’ll be hitting the streets and getting the paper distributed around town. Thanks to the Portland Tribune, we’ll have a few news boxes in the Jade District – at FuBonn Shopping Center, Harrison Park School and Portland Community College Southeast Campus. We’ll also have some paper distribution at locations in inner Portland.
We’re looking for volunteers to help with distribution. Have a vehicle that can haul a couple boxes? Own a truck that can help us transport the news boxes? Want a stack of Jade Journals to put in your neighborhood cafe? To lend a hand for an hour or two, e-mail Amanda.
Want to get a copy of Jade Journal mailed to your door? Sign up to be a member. The project would not have been possible without the support of Know Your City Members. Along with the many benefits of being a KYC Member, you will receive a complimentary copy mailed directly to your door. This money directly helps Know Your City and its youth programs by supporting the staff necessary to make programs like this possible. Support the expansion of programs like Jade Journal in schools and join now.
Want to read the paper electronically? Unable to track down a copy of the paper in person? Download a PDF of Jade Journal here.
For more on Jade Journal, see our previous report backs: