What We Do

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Our Mission

Morpheus Youth Project builds healthy communities for young people thru arts and culturally responsive activities.

The purpose of the Morpheus Youth Project is to create an accessible, safe and respectful environment that encourages positive growth and provides creative opportunities through the arts and humanities.  We believe that by investing in our youth through education and encouraging the development of self-awareness, we will provide viable tools and positive options for young people as they mature.

We believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to develop into a positive and productive human being and to potentially become a community mentor for those who follow.  By building confidence and instilling self-awareness, the youth in our programs develop the tools to transform their lives, which may have been unhealthy and self-destructive.

In an effort to create positive change with under-served youth, we focus on three strategic areas:

1.       Marginalized communities such as outer East Portland.

2.       Entry level juvenile justice facilities such as Multnomah and Marion County Juvenile Detention Centers.

3.       Long term facilities such as MacLaren Youth Corrections.

Organization History

The original commitment to working with under-served youth began for co-founders Carlos Chavez and Phil Stockton at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon.  It was there in 2010 that Carlos and Phil began to conduct workshops in radio journalism and improvisational theater as volunteers under the supervision of the University of Hope Partnership Program at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, OR.  Originally, they conducted their workshops separately, but when Carlos and Phil met one another, they began to develop ideas about how to fulfill the need for incarcerated youth to transition successfully into their home communities after their release from the MacLaren facility:  similar workshops would need to be conducted outside of the facility as a continuation of the workshops at MacLaren.

It was with this idea that Carlos and Phil established Morpheus Youth Project.  In 2011, they licensed their business name with the State of Oregon and registered their organization with the IRS.   Also, they secured fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas of New York, a 501c3 umbrella organization which is focused on supporting young arts-related entities that do not yet have the 501c3 certification.  As the organization matured and gained momentum in the community, they secured 501c3 nonprofit status in 2015.
 


For me, this whole thing’s good. You’ve got radio journalism, where we’re learning how to use equipment and interviews and all types of stuff. You’ve got the art, where we’re learning how to draw from basic shapes to portraits and all of that stuff. It’s all nice, but also for me it goes deeper. It helps me with my people skills, social skills, being able to meet new people and just being able to communicate.
— Marcos at MacLaren Youth Corrections
 
 
 

Board of Directors

 
 

Partner

Angeline Harris

From working at the prestigious Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP to opening her own practice in 2001, Angeline has represented Arts & Entertainment clients large and small for nearly 20 years. She made headlines in 2010 when she secured the “Kingston Woman” rights to songwriter Helen Jones and continues to provide the same dedication to all her clients. Practicing since the first internet boom, Angeline has hands-on experience with how technology affects the creative industry. Staying ahead of the law’s frequent changes is Angeline’s sixth sense.

 

Education

ATLANTIC LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1997

IVY UNIVERSITY
B.A., Film & Music, 1994

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• IP Law for Creatives Association, Member-at-Large
• Civil Rights Conservation, Secretary

Bar Admissions

• New York, Tennessee, California

 
 

 
 
 

Partner

Spencer Ingram

Spencer focuses on the various facets of law that revolve around digital media and technology, whether that’s securing patents and trademarks for wearable tech or negotiating distribution agreements for the now prolific AZL App. Prior to co-founding Harris Ingram, he managed the tech startup accounts for Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP. Spencer has represented and advised entrepreneurs on best legal practices for their business for over 15 years.

 

Education

PIERCE SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1999

WORLD UNIVERSITY
B.A., Economics, 1995

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• Constitutional Conservation, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, Illinois, California

 
 

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE

Isabel Sonam

Isabel got her start working under Hugo Walters, Esq., director of the ABC Fashion Institute. She specializes in all things related to fashion law, whether that’s securing a trademark for a logo design or helping clients work through federal textile laws. Before joining Harris Ingram, she was an associate at fine arts practice Veronica Chin, PLLC. Isabel also represents fine artists, galleries, appraisers, and more on art litigation matters.

 

Education

EMPIRE LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2002

NAMELESS UNIVERSITY
B.A., Art History, 1999

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, California