Pear Builds Positive Relationships with Homeless and Transitional Youth

Press

  • XRAY In The Morning featuring p:ear

    • XRAY.fm "In the Morning"
    • 10/19/17
  • p:earblossoms FuturePast

    • rock the baade dot com
    • April 22, 2017
  • First Thursday at p:ear with Jeremy Okai Davis

    • rock the baade dot come

    Check out the opening of An Education at p:ear on April 6, 2017!

  • The p:ear Boat project

    • Brian Baade

    Twenty-two p:ear youth spent over 120 hours harvesting, shaping and finishing the wood to build an Irish Curragh guided by Steve Carrigg, owner of Hazelwood Boats.

  • p:ear – creating community for homeless youth the zip: episode 31

    • ZipSprout
    • March 22, 2017

    Homelessness is a tragedy at any age. But for the young – to be so early in life and already feel like an outcast, I think it can be particularly damaging. Which is why I loved hearing from today’s guest, Pippa Arend, who works to change the lives of homeless youth.

    Portland native Pippa Arend, spent her quarter life crisis seeking – not self actualization, but accountability. And out of that quest, with the support of a couple partners, came p:ear, a Portland nonprofit that creatively mentors young people, in real-life crisis.

  • p:ear Bike Mechanic School

    • October 28, 2016

    Sellwood Cycle has a deep appreciation for the work that p:ear does and we’ve been honored to provide cycling team sponsorship and bicycle maintenance. So when their Transition Coodinator and Wilderness Programs Director, Nate Engkjer, approached us to help start up a Bicycle Mechanic School at p:ear we were all in.

  • Taste free coffee and help homeless youth

    • KGW
    • October 6, 2016
  • Why is p:ear needed?

    • Grown Woman Productions
    • April 30, 2016

    p:ear youth talk about homelessness in Portland and their expiriences at p:ear.

  • “Piriforming” @ P:ear

    • NW Noggin
    • March 31, 2016

    “We discussed our dopamine networks, and how neural pathways essential for motivated behavior can be hijacked by chronic exposure to certain drugs, and down-regulate, or respond less effectively to both the drug, and to other stimuli associated with expectations of reward…”

  • Community Voices

    • PRP FM
    • February 26, 2016

    This week on PRP we featured p:ear as part of our award-winning Community Voices series. You can listen to interviews with key members of the organization below.

  • Why Oregon Women Need Radical Reform at Home and On the Job

    • Portland Monthly Magazine
    • February 23, 2016

    Andrea Paluso of Family Forward Oregon and p:ear’s Pippa Arend discuss self-sacrifice, the value of caregiving, and the decision to have children (or not).

  • p:ear gives homeless youth tools to survive and thrive: Season of Sharing 2015

    • OregonLive
    • November 1, 2015

    The Old Town organization, a 2015 beneficiary of The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Season of Sharing holiday fundraising campaign, does a lot. It provides a safe space for kids living on the streets; offers necessities like food and clean clothes; helps with housing and education; provides on-site job training programs like a barista school and cooking classes; and encourages creative expression to unpack  emotional trauma.

    Last year the organization saw 751 youth come through the doors, with an average of 55 kids per day. In p:ear’s 14-year history, roughly 4,500 have enrolled, according to the organization. A staff of nine and more than 120 volunteers help over the course of the year, operating on an annual budget of $870,000.

  • Life on the Streets Survival Advice from the Youth of p:ear

    • The Portland Mercury
    • August 5, 2015

    “We sat down with a group of youth that come into p:ear, and we asked them, ‘What is the advice you could give us on your experiences that you’ve learned from being homeless?'” says p:ear Art Programs Director William Kendall. Snippets of their advice became the text in the prints.

  • p:earblossoms 2015: Perpectives

    • The Narrative
    • June 22, 2015

    p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art, and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Thank you to all that donated and made p:earblossoms 2015 such a huge success.

    Music by Laura Gibson

  • Street to stable: A new approach to helping homeless youths heal

    • Street Roots
    • June 5, 2015

    MerriBeth Vaughn, the certified equine specialist facilitating activities with p:ear, says while horse therapy can be extremely beneficial to any disenfranchised group – it doesn’t require a lot of talking – she’s noticed it’s especially effective with the kids from p:ear.

    “They get around the horses and you can just feel the tension go out of everybody that’s in there,” she says. “They all seem like they just give a sigh of relief once they start petting the horses.”2015-06-05_StreetRoots_issue_cover

  • Homeless youth take center stage in 'Maybe It's Because... (I'm so Versatile)': Fertile Ground 2015

    • Oregon Live
    • February 1, 2015

    “The stories are written incredibly well – raw works of prose that pull no punches, delivering a clear picture of the seemingly endless struggles these kids endure.”

  • Metroscope Interview with Pippa Arend

    • April 17, 2014

    A discussion with Pippa Arend, development director with p:ear, a company working to help homeless and transitional youth through education, art, and recreation.

  • OnPoint Community Credit Union and KGW are Stepping Up For Education

    • March 2014
  • Life Lessons

    • December 2013

    Created by Mutt Industries

  • Art reveals creative visions of homeless youth

    • Hillsboro Tribune
    • 12/13/13

    Young artists featured at the Walters Cultural Arts Center this month all started out homeless and learned to practice their craft only after stumbling onto an organization called p:ear, which works to build positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation.

  • p:ear, a community center to mentor homeless youth

    • Oregon Live
    • February 2013

    p:ear provides the safe space many of the kids, who live in shelters or on the streets, have never had. For years P:ear has been discreetly mentoring homeless youth. But not the homeless youth who need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps; the homeless youth who have no bootstraps, says Pippa Arend, a founder.

  • Pippa Arend speaking about p:ear programs and upcoming events

    • Metroscope PDX
    • 11/3/13
  • p:earblossoms 2013

    • Alicia J. Rose Photography
    • May 4, 2013

    Video by Alicia J. Rose Photography

    Director/Producer – Alicia J. Rose

    Producer/Editor – Janique Robillard
    Director of Photography – Paulius Kontijevas
    2nd Camera/Gaffer – Jake LyonSound – Alison Grayson
    PA – Raven Flemming
    GFX Designer – Melissa Delzio
    Animator – Caitlin Wilbert
    Colorist – Paulius Kontijevas
    Make Up/Hair – Viridiana Cervantes
    Music provided by Marmoset
  • Volunteer with youth

    • KATU
    • February 11, 2013
  • p:ear marks 11 years as the community their homeless youth never had

    • OregonLive
    • February 11, 2013

    The kids at P:ear draw and paint and play guitar with surprising talent. They speak in vagaries and gloss over details about their lives. Some have ambition and plans. Some are getting by. They’re not so different from any kid. Except they’re homeless.

  • Member spotlight on Nathan Engkjer with p:ear

    • TMBR
    • February 4, 2013

    TMBR caught up with Tmber member Nathan Engkjer to talk more about his big heart, how his work with p:ear makes a difference in the lives of homeless youth, and how being outdoors plays an integral part of this. Thanks for letting us in to your world, Nate. We look forward to swinging in and paying you a visit in the near future.

  • p:ear, a community center to mentor homeless youth

    • The Oregonian
    • February 5, 2013

    p:ear provides the safe space many of the kids, who live in shelters or on the streets, have never had. For years P:ear has been discreetly mentoring homeless youth. But not the homeless youth who need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps; the homeless youth who have no bootstraps, says Pippa Arend, a founder.

  • p:ear ‘jumps for joy’

    • PSU Vanguard
    • January 30, 2013

    Local artist teams with p:ear to help youth through art

  • p:ear youth share their stories

    Homeless youth speak about the effect of p:ear

  • ArtclecticPDX with PEAR

    • KZME
    • 12/3/12

    Director Pippa Arend on KZME’s ArtclecticPDX

  • Everyday Heroes: Mentoring homeless kids

    • KATU
    • 10/27/2012
  • Artist Josiane Keller talks about Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me – 20 heroes from the City of Roses

    • KBOO
    • 10/22/2012

    Keller talks about her exhibit at p:ear Gallery, a project 9 months in the making. Keller’s 20 photographs on display feature small, painstakingly detailed ceramic figurines in the likeness of street youth and staff/volunteers, based solely on written interviews in which the youth described themselves, their emotional experiences of street-life and their surroundings.

    After collecting written information from the interviewees’ regarding their appearance, life on the streets, personal histories and more, Josiane Keller translated each into a ceramic sculpture and photographed these creations in settings also gleaned from the subjects’ statements.  Each subject has been endowed with rabbit ears – a symbol used by the artist to convey emotional vulnerability.  The photographs, along with the information from the interviews, will be on display for the month of October in the p:ear gallery.

    Read more about the specifics of this project at Josiane Keller’s website:  http://www.josianekeller.com/

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    pearmentor.org/gallery/

  • Interview with Josiane Keller

    • KBOO
    • October 24, 2012

    Ryan interviews Josiane Keller about her art show http://www.josianekeller.com/category/now/ that is up for the month of October in the p:ear gallery, http://pearmentor.org/.  Keller’s photographs on display feature small, painstakingly detailed ceramic figurines in the likeness of street youth and staff/volunteers, based solely on 20 written interviews in which the youth described themselves, their emotional experiences of street-life and their surroundings.

  • Willamette Week Give!Guide 2012

    • October 3, 2012

    p:ear Director Pippa Arend takes a walk through p:ear in preparation for Willamette Week Give!Guide 2012

  • PROPcast feat. p:ear

    • PROPcast
    • September 12, 2012

    On this episode of PROPcast, I sit down with two of the lovely ladies from p:ear

  • p:ear youth featured in "Wild Life" episode on Comcast SportsNet

    • Comcast SportsNet
    • May 22, 2012

    p:ear Transition Housing Coordinator Nathan and p:ear youth Ernest talk about the importance of outdoor activity and recreation.

  • ArtEclectic Features Creative Director: Pippa Arend

    • ArtEclectic, KZME
    • March 2012

    Listen to an interview with Pippa Arend talking about p:ear on ArtEclectic, Sunday 3/18.

  • In Reverse: Cup to Seed Feautures p:ear barista school

    • Rubyna Brendan
    • 12/21/2012

    Some things that are part of our daily lives can become part of the white noise in the background of every day: the assumed, the presumed, the routine. However, what may be routine for many could be pleasurable obsessions for others. This film may give you pause to for praise of the common beverage of many Portlanders: coffee.

  • Non-profits We Love: p:ear

    • Meaghan Ward, Portland Pulp
    • 9/18/2011

    p:ear is a perfect example of the possibilities that come from creative Portlanders with passion. Founded in 2002, p:ear works with homeless and transitional youth ages 15-24, providing them with life skills and mentorship using art, education and recreation. We talk a lot about the need to focus on poverty in Portland, to create jobs, to train the underemployed. But p:ear does that every single day.

  • Local Artist Volunteers Talent to p:ear

    • Molly Hottle, The Oregonian
    • May 2011

    N. Scrantz Lersch cradles a 2-month-old baby girl in one arm as she uses her other hand to sketch the tiny child’s portrait on a recent Wednesday. Lersch is sitting at a table in p:ear, a nonprofit day center in Old Town that offers activities and services to homeless and impoverished teenagers and young adults.

  • Solid Grounds: A Barista School Gets Teens Off the Street and Behind the Counter

    • Martin Patail, Portland Monthly
    • February 2010
  • In Coffee-swilling Oregon, Barista Training Helps At-risk Young People Find Jobs, Hope

    • Larry Bingham, The Oregonian
    • November 2009
  • Hearts, Minds and Bodies Nurtured at p:ear

    • Faye Powell, The Portland Upside
    • September 2009
  • Good Work Bears Fruit

    • Janet. Filips, Ultimate
    • September / October 2007
  • Project Makes Nonprofit’s House into a Home

    • Alison Ryan, The Daily Journal of Commerce, Vol. 226, No. 65
    • 7/30/2007
  • p:ear Meets Need of Homeless Youth

    • The Oregonian
    • 4/25/2004
  • p:ear Meets Need of Homeless Youth

    • Christopher Zinn, Oregon Council for the Humanities Newsletter
    • Winter 2005
  • Making A Difference One Mural At A Time

    • ArtVigilante Northwest
    • April 25, 2012

    Although native to Chicago, Serna has never let go of his roots extending deep into the soil of Mexico.  When he collaborates as an artist he integrates his own life story into his work, as well as larger issues of Native American identity; while also wrapping each student’s identity into a mural.  By sharing elements of his Aztec heritage this deepens the program with a rich cultural education