Vox Siren is excited to have a new Director of Training and Programs! The amazing Kelly Hansen is a Portland, Oregon native, who has worked in rural areas in Oregon, including writing her thesis on Yakima Indian Tribe's transition from subsistence agriculture to reservation. She is an educator and writer specializing in social justice and community building. She is the daughter of educators and teaching runs in her blood. She feels most at home designing programs, curriculum and supporting educators to excellence.
Her professional resume includes building and managing programs for the Youth Development Nonprofits, Camp Fire Columbia and the Community Cycling Center. She's had the privilege of contributing to many programs that have made a difference in her world. Her programs with High Schoolers in East Portland's Thrive Program boasted high graduation rate than their peers. The camp she managed at Community Cycling Center grew by 20% under her leadership, expanded three locations, and contributed greatly to the financial success and stability of the organization. Kelly contributes her leadership skills to the board of Portland Ultimate, a non-profit that empowers youth and adult through the sport of ultimate. As an elite athlete, she travels and competes internationally with her Ultimate team, Schwa. She is passionate about thinking critically about systems and structures, and setting people up to thrive. She is also a photographer, novelist (pseudonym Tyler Blackthorne) and has created music composition for short documentary films.
Welcome Kelly! Big changes ahead.
"I have dedicated my life to embracing and recognizing the power of raised consciousness and diversity. We live in society that is not set up for EVERYONE to thrive and reach their fullest potential. Vox Siren is ready to collaborate with Girls Inc on a digital learning platform to support the movement and confidence building of girls across Oregon. Our organization stands on the belief that listening is the key to creating solutions. We are prepared to support the balancing of digital and in-person connections to expedite the advancement of women and work to dismantle sexism.”
We are excited to announce our partnership with Girls Inc of the Pacific NW. Girls Inc’s programming inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Their powerful programs build confidence and self esteem to access a bright and economically-independent future. Together we are getting ready to increase access to learning opportunities for girls and volunteers in metro and rural communities through an online learning platform. Girls Inc’s model will position herself as a leader in alternative approach to programming to ensure that all youth have equal access to state-of-the-art gender responsive education. Vox Siren is excited to collaborate in the planning and design of this digital learning platform.
We have brought on to the team the amazing tech guru, Lillian Karabaic, to support technology analysis. Lillian is the kind of superhuman that has the ability to understand the unique needs of nonprofits and create innovative needed efficiencies. Over the next two months, we will facilitate an in-depth discovery process and analysis with the Girls Inc team. The most innovative solutions arise through collaboration and listening. As a team of women leaders, we possess a high level of expertise and experience in understanding the complexities and intersectionalities that encompass gender, culture and location. We are confident that our unique approach will support all girls in being strong, smart and bold across Oregon.
The time to prioritize girls is now! We are rising, we are gaining momentum and together we are unstoppable. Join us in recognizing the potential and power of young women.
Authored by Zoe Piliafas
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