NYTimes highlights work of Oregon AmeriCorps member

by Jared Paben

NYTimes highlights work of Oregon AmeriCorps member

An AmeriCorps member serving in Portland has landed in the New York Times for helping students create an animated poetry project.

Taylor Neitzke, education and outreach coordinator at Hollywood Theatre in Portland, did an animated poetry project with youth at Open Meadow Alternative School and the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home. The New York Times has featured it on its website for National Poetry Month. Click here to see it (scroll down to “Where We’re From; Origins,” which is about one-fourth of the way down the page.)

The students who created the animation did so through the Stories in Movement program, which Taylor helped create during her current service term.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity AmeriCorps has given me to create this amazing program,” said Taylor, who serves through the Oregon State Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program of the American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter.

In other news, Forest Grove High School did a great write-up about an AmeriCorps member serving there.

Malia Lindsey, an AmeriCorps member serving through the Partnerships for Student Achievement program, is a literacy tutor for ninth grade reading workshop classes. She works with a small group of students and guides them through the close reading of a novel. With the extra practice, many students have developed tremendously, improving their reading by multiple grade levels.

She also runs a small tutorial in her homeroom, recruited and manages several academic tutors from Pacific University and choreographed some of the dances for the school’s spring musical “Pirates of Penzance.” She is currently working with the Art Club to create a mural that will be displayed in the community.

Posted on April 21, 2014 in AmeriCorps.