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Executive Director Presents to State Legislature Committees About Bullying Prevention in Schools

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Executive Director Presents to State Legislature Committees About Bullying Prevention in Schools

Executive Director Presents to State Legislature Committees About Bullying Prevention in Schools

SALEM, Ore. – On Thursday, Dec. 13, Ophelia’s Place Executive Director Verna Wise Matthews presented to an Oregon State Senate sub-committee and to an Oregon House of Representatives sub-committee about how Ophelia’s Place’s programs help schools make strides against bullying in Lane and Linn Counties. The information is expected to help lawmakers consider a proposed bill during the next legislative session that will call for the establishment of a $6-million fund to help more teens learn how to be safe from bullying in school and in their communities. “It’s important to Ophelia’s Place – and frankly anyone who cares about youth – that our communities find ways to decrease teen bullying,” Wise Matthews said. “If we can provide our data, ideas, and our proven experience to lawmakers while they do their part to support youth, we’re in.” Read the entire news release. And watch the the Senate and House hearing videos. See related coverage by KLCC and...

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Crafting a Future in Albany

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Crafting a Future in Albany

Crafting a Future in Albany

Ramping up Ophelia’s Place’s services in a community requires partnership. In this case, the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum provided space and carousel rides to girls who stopped by our event to create vision boards for the new school year. Take a look at the wonderful news coverage provided by the Albany Democrat-Herald. It’s great to have awesome partners in a...

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Parent-Daughter Girl Con

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Parent-Daughter Girl Con

Parent-Daughter Girl Con

The first ever Parent-Daughter Girl Con was a wonderful success. More than 130 girls and parents explored the world of comics, art, tech, and science. Some cosplayed their favorite comic book characters and heroes. The Eugene Weekly was great enough to run some pre-event coverage to help drum up attendance.

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Junction City Location Open House Success

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Junction City Location Open House Success

Junction City Location Open House Success

It began when the Junction City Soroptimists reached out to Ophelia’s Place and asked us to bring our services to their community. After two years of raising donations and earning grants, the new location became a reality. On Feb. 24, 2018, the Junction City Open House drew in more than 100 girls, families, community members, community leaders, Soroptimists and staff to celebrate the new location. People were asked to create a leaf for our paper tree to leave as a symbol of their support for the healthy growth of girl. Together, they create a wall of “what advice would you give your 13-year-old self.” The Tri-County Chamber of Commerce welcomed us with a ribbon cutting to top it off. Junction City girls now have a safe space to call their own at new Ophelia’s Place location – Register-Guard Ophelia’s Place brings their services to Junction City – KEZI Ophelia’s Place Opens 2nd Location in Junction City – KLCC...

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Ophelia’s Place moves forward with Albany effort

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Ophelia’s Place moves forward with Albany effort

Ophelia’s Place moves forward with Albany effort

In Albany, Ophelia does not yet have her place. But supporters of the girl empowerment program are determined to create one in Albany, concentrating on individual groups in the meantime. The Albany Democrat-Herald is staying on top of the progress we’re making to open our Albany location. Read their story.

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Expanding Ophelia’s Place into Albany Gains Media Attention

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Expanding Ophelia’s Place into Albany Gains Media Attention

Expanding Ophelia’s Place into Albany Gains Media Attention

As Ophelia’s Place plans to expand into Albany in Fall 2017, the Albany Democrat Herald and reporter Jennifer Moody did a phenomenal job of describing our programming and capturing our primary message — to help ALL girls make healthy choices for their lives. “Instead of targeting the usual at-risk scene — girls who might struggle in school, drop out, become pregnant, turn to substance abuse or suffer abusive relationships — it aims to build girls up through education and empowerment so they never fall into those categories at all.” Saving Ophelia – Albany Democrat Herald, Aug. 6,...

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