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The Human Bean Cafe in NE Portland Gives Back to Friends of the Children-Portland
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Friday August 24, 2018 - 9:24 PM
o commemorate the start of the school year, The Human Bean cafe at 4385 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, will donate proceeds from specially priced $2 -16 oz. coffee drinks on Tuesday, August 28th to support Friends of the Children-Portland.

The Human Bean of Portland is owned and operated by local residents, Josh Veentjer and Aly Koehnke, who are committed to giving back to the community and helping Portland-area youth overcome barriers to their education and create a brighter future for themselves. Drive thru and café sales will benefit over 500 youth enrolled in the 12 ½ year program at Friends of the Children, also headquartered in Northeast Portland.

Friends of the Children, is a national nonprofit that pairs children facing the highest risks with a salaried, professional mentor—called a Friend. The Portland chapter, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and has enrolled the largest kindergarten class in their history. Independent evaluations show every $1 invested in our program youth, $7 is returned to the community in savings and contributions.

In addition: - 83% of our youth graduate from high school - 93% of our youth avoid the juvenile justice system - 98% of our youth avoid early parenting -52% of our youth enroll in post-secondary education and training

This track record of successful outcomes is what inspired Veentjer and Koehnke to select Friends of the Children as the beneficiary of their give back day. On September 11, they will open their newest drive thru with all proceeds donated to Friends of the Children-Portland once again.

"We are so grateful for our partnership with Josh and Aly of NW Coffee Co. Our youth know their education and their future is important to the community when we have events like this" states Allison Pauletto, Director of Development.

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