February Update / by Carlos Chavez

February Update
            This month is full of exciting events and workshops! First, on Friday the 19th, MYP is sponsoring the Supportland break dance jam hosted by Portland’s own New Birth Crew. The jam will be at Fir Ridge High School from 4:30-9:00pm. The event will feature renowned break dancers from all over the Pacific Northwest; as well as DJ Woodz and DJ Fish Boogie on the ones and twos. This is a FREE event! Fir Ridge has asked attendants to wear tennis shoes to help preserve their new gym floor. 

                      Morpheus Youth Project will be hosting a listening party on Monday the 29th. This will feature a broadcast of KBOO Community Radio’s Profiles Podcast, produced my MYP's own Carlos Chavez and Delphine, along with East Portland community members and students from MacLaren Youth Corrections. Snacks and drinks will be provided, again admission is free. After the podcast we will encourage everyone to participate in a discussion of the criminalization taking place in our communities. 

Morpheus Youth Project is currently running ongoing audio production workshops at our office on Wednesdays from 3:00-6:00pm. This workshop features training in both rapping and recording with local Portland artist Gepetto. All youth (ages 15-24) are welcome to participate, admittance to the workshop is free. Contact MYP for more information and for registration details. 

            Lastly, Morpheus Youth Project has partnered with the Division Midway Alliance (sponsored by the East Portland Action Plan) to decorate an electrical box on Division street. This pilot project will be carried out by youth (who will be paid a stipend) that MYP is currently recruiting. This is a pilot project and will likely lead to a larger program to decorate the dozens of large electrical boxes that litter East Portland. We are still looking for good candidates! Contact MYP for more information on how to apply. Students must be from outer East Portland to qualify.

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