Health & Science School TVF&R Career Exploration and Vive Northwest
For the past four years, HS2 has partnered with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. Together they have created a thriving program aimed at introducing the field of Fire Services to students in a meaningful and impactful way. More than 30 students participate each year at the North Operating Center. Students work and interact with Fire Service professionals. Each month has a particular focus, from emergency preparedness to vehicle extrication. Students also meet with an internship coach at school to prepare for each session and to do reflection. Student work culminates in an annual April showcase. They present what they have learned to family, community and fellow students. Students report not only a better understanding of the career but more importantly an understanding of what it means to serve in the community.
Health & Science School has also joined forces with Vive Northwest this year. Vive Northwest is an organization that aims to engage and increase cultural diversity in the outdoors. They provide powerful and enriching experiences to Latino communities in and around the Pacific Northwest. They also aim to connect Latino professionals and convene conversations and events around pertinent community issues. This is the inaugural year working with Vive Northwest and activities have included the following:
- Health & Science School joined Vive Northwest, El Consulado de Mexico, and the Portland Timbers for the 7th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. This event took place last fall at Providence Park in the Key Bank Club. Students, families and community members celebrated Hispanic Heritage with food, raffles and activities. Timbers players were on hand to take pictures and sign autographs. Proceeds benefited students at Health & Science School in the form of soccer equipment and bilingual literature. Health & Science School students volunteered at the event.
- HS2 also participated in the Vive NW Regional Conference that focused on culturally diversifying the outdoors. Students were offered scholarships to attend this conference. Students spent the day engaging in topics about mental health, entrepreneurship, and overall health.