PORTLAND – A Portland silk screening business is doing more than making T-shirts. It’s also helping homeless and at-risk youth become more self-sufficient.
New Avenues INK offers on-the-job career training for youth. Kids can learn all aspects of the business, from hand-printing T-shirts to marketing strategies and graphic design skills.
The project is the latest venture of New Avenues for Youth. It’s located at 1445 NW Lovejoy St. in the Pearl District, in a building donated by Key Bank. Nike has donated many of the T-shirts used by the company, a spokesperson said.
“The result is they can take the skills, they can have self-determination and self sufficiency, without an agency to support them,” said Sean Suib, Executive Director of New Avenues for Youth.
Suib said the money generated from T-shirt sales is used for life-skills training programs for youth participants.
So far, 100 people participate in New Avenues for Youth programs such as this one every year.
To apply, kids must complete a five-week skills training program that includes mock interviews and resume writing.
To learn more about New Avenues INK, click here.