Act Six Students interned for Multnomah County this summer

For the past three years, Multnomah County government has invited Act Six Scholars to apply and compete for the Office of Diversity and Equity College to County Mentorship Program.

The ODE College to County Mentorship Program exposes college students to a variety of county careers so they will consider the county for employment once they graduate. These students are chosen for their solid academics and leadership potential.

The program offers three months temporary employment doing substantive work on county projects, systems, or processes.  While performing the work, they gain knowledge, skills, and abilities required to secure positions in their assigned project area and they are oriented to the county’s recruitment process.  They grow to understand the organization’s role in carrying out the county’s mission and gain a greater appreciation for public service.

Out of 29 summer positions this year, 14 of them were Act Six Scholars and 6 were Warner Pacific College Scholars!

Here’s what they are up to this summer:

WPC-Act-Six-Jaques-Anderson-DART-2014Jaques Anderson: DART Intern

I visited communities all over the city of Portland with the intent to verify Multnomah County Property Tax records.





WPC-Act-Six-Jessie-Osuna-Mondragon-Comm-Info-intern-2014Jessie Osuna-Mondragon: Community Information/ Referral Intern

I spent my days reaching out to people in different communities within our county. My partners and I helped low-income individuals apply for SNAP (food stamps) as well as other human service resources.




WPC-Act-Six-Gimena-Olguin-Hospital-Research-intern-2014Gimena Olguin: Hospital Research Intern

I worked for the Division of Assessment, Recording & Taxation analyzing financial data submitted by Oregon hospitals under IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption status and populating specific information into existing tax calculation spreadsheets.




WPC-Act-Six-Bronson-Enos-Comm-Info-intern-2014Bronson Enos: Community Information/ Referral Intern

I worked with several communities in Portland and spoke at shelters and various organizations about resources the county provides. The hope was to assist low income people access resources such as signing up for food stamps, energy assistance, medical, and dental help as well as weatherization (home repairs). The goal is to help them save money and discover what they didn’t know before.




WPC-Act-Six-Angel-Castanada-DART-intern-2014Angel Castanada: DART Intern

I worked on a Tax Exemption team ensuring compliance with property tax laws, verifying that exemptions are properly applied. This is a combination of field and office work.



WPC-Act-Six-Jose-Morales-IT-intern-2014Jose Morales: Service Catalog/IT Intern

In the IT Department I did a little bit of everything such as working with the Multnomah County servers that house the websites and storage. I also worked at the desk to help people within the county who were having issues with their computers. I completed a phone-enrolling project. I also installed new phones in all the clinics and helped instruct users on the new equipment.

Act Six Scholar Recognized as Youth of the Year

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Sophie Velasquez was named Youth of the Year.
Sophie Velasquez named Youth of the Year by Woodburn Chamber of Commerce (photo by Lindsay Keefer – Pamplin Media)

Congratulations to Sophie Velasquez, Act Six Cadre Five, on being recognized by the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce as their 2014 Youth of the Year.

Sophie, a senior at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy, has been an active volunteer in Woodburn since she was 13. She has been a member of the city’s Youth Advisory Board, is a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board, and served on last year’s Fiesta Mexicana Court.

Read more about Sophie’s accomplishments at the Woodburn Gazette online.

The 2014 Distinguished Service Awards banquet, which is sponsored by Silverton Health, will be held March 14, at the Woodburn Health Center. Tickets are available at the chamber office, located at 979 Young St. in Woodburn

Juan Young Trust Grants Brighter Future for WPC Students

The Juan Young Trust granted $10,000 to Warner Pacific College in support of the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative, Urban Service Track. Act Six is Oregon’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership scholarship. The Urban Service Track model at Warner Pacific innovates beyond the traditional model of the Act Six program with a program tailored to help under-prepared but talented and highly motivated scholar-leaders succeed in achieving their higher education goals.

The Juan Young Trust was established under the will of Juan Young, a long-time employee, officer, and stockholder of Kienow’s Food Stores. The mission of the Trust is to provide grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that promote the health, education and welfare of children under 21 years old, in the state of Oregon.

“Warner Pacific College is deeply grateful for the partnership and support of the Juan Young Trust,” said Dr. Aaron McMurray, Vice President of Advancement and External Relations. “Their generous investment in the Act Six Scholarship program enables these students to experience the transformation of a Warner Pacific education.”

Act Six recruits diverse, multi-cultural cadres of Portland’s most promising emerging leaders. Once accepted into the program, students are trained within their “cadres” for a year prior to college entrance. Warner Pacific’s Act Six program is a partnership with Warner and Portland Leadership Foundation.

Through a consortium agreement between Portland Community College (PCC) and Warner Pacific College, students in the Urban Service Track have the opportunity to attend classes at PCC to build academic skills and confidence while embedded as residential students in the supportive environment of the Warner Pacific campus. Students also gain practical, hands-on experience while serving with non-profit organizations in the city of Portland. After scholars earn sufficient credits at PCC, they transition to Warner Pacific courses, enabling them to complete their education and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Warner Pacific works closely with Act Six Students throughout the process by providing academic support and mentoring as they become accustomed to the demands and rigors of college life.  Warner Pacific College is the only institution in the Pacific Northwest to offer this innovative Urban Service Track model, helping Act Six scholars successfully finish well and graduate.  For each Act Six scholar, Warner Pacific provides a scholarship, supplementing federal and state aid to cover full-tuition for two years and room and board for all four years. These scholarship funds are raised entirely by Warner Pacific through grant awards and private contributions. For more information on the Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative, visit