Grace House serves single homeless women

In Marion County, nearly half of the people experiencing homelessness are women. Among them, about 86% have reported being abused or attacked when homeless. "You've got a lot more assaults, you've got women getting raped and you've got women being sold and used for this (or that)," Nowlin said. "(You hear,) 'If you want to stay here in this... Continue Reading →

Salem family goes from political prison to full Princeton scholarship

It wasn't until McKay High School senior Joshua Arce Masis visited his parents' home countries of Nicaragua and Costa Rica — and learned of their journey to the United States — that he realized why his father was so adamant about his educational success. "He wanted me to have the future he was denied," Masis wrote... Continue Reading →

Students to school board: fight racism, use equity lens

Racial justice activists are tired of appearing before the Salem-Keizer School Board, testifying about discrimination and having no action taken. A dozen students, parents, graduates and leaders with the youth advocacy organization Latinos Unidos Siempre, or LUS, spoke at the board's December meeting, calling on members to better implement their adopted equity lens and address racism in local schools. Read... Continue Reading →

Teachers make regular home visits to help students

A growing movement of Salem and Keizer educators is making Parent Teacher Home Visits more common practice, with local organizations doubling the program's funding and providing incentives for staff to foster deeper relationships with their students' families. The benefits of the visits extend beyond eliminating barriers and ensuring families are involved in their children's education. Students become more likely to attend school... Continue Reading →

District, students tackle mental health, suicide prevention

Salem and Keizer community members have become far too familiar with the crushing news of student death by suicide. Several teen suicides have been reported since 2016 alone, with some coming in waves of what experts call "clusters" — one after the other in a short period of time. Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials are taking multiple steps... Continue Reading →

Increasing mental health services top priority in Salem-Keizer schools

Salem and Keizer community members have become far too familiar with the crushing news of student death by suicide. Several teen suicides have been reported since 2016 alone, with some coming in waves of what experts call "clusters" — one after the other in a short period of time. Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials are taking multiple steps... Continue Reading →

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