Join us for a series of virtual gatherings to provide lightness and laughter, learning and humility, connection and community. We eagerly invite you into these dynamic discussions exploring system gaps and strengths in support for vulnerable young adults, and valuable problem solving skills for challenging relationships.

Freeland Spirits Social

Thursday | February 25 | 5 – 6 p.m.

Life Beyond LifeSet

Thursday | March 18 | 12 – 1 p.m.

Collaborative Problem Solving

Thursday | April 15 | 12 – 1 p.m.


Freeland Spirits Social

Sponsored by Tecology logo

Thursday | February 25 | 5 – 6 p.m.

Cost: $50

Special thanks to Tecology for sponsoring this fun and engaging virtual happy hour with Freeland Spirits, the only woman-owned distillery in Portland! Your ticket includes a cocktail mixing kit and a bottle of Freeland Spirits Gin or Bourbon (based on which cocktail you would like to make). On February 25, a Freeland representative will share their brand history and talk about their unique cocktails, as you make and enjoy your drink at home. Stay on for a lively discussion with YV Oregon’s newly formed Ambassador Board on what it means to do good while doing well. Launched in November of 2020, the Ambassador Board led fundraising to meet the largest need we’ve ever received from our annual holiday drive, which served over 250 Oregon youth.

Your ticket purchase allows you to choose between two delicious cocktails created by Freeland and featuring their signature spirits. Each cocktail kit includes a full bottle of either Gin or Bourbon, and a 16 oz fresh mixer that can serve up to 5 individual cocktails!


Blueberry Acai Collins: blueberry juice, acai tea, lemon + lime juice, lavender sage simple syrup, Scarborough bitters
1 bottle Freeland Spirits Gin + 16 oz Freeland Fresh mixer + Topo Chico sparkling water

Serves 5


Apricot Sour: apricot juice, lemon juice, ginger simple syrup, bitters
1 bottle Freeland Spirits Bourbon + 16 oz Freeland Fresh mixer

Serves 5

You can pick up your cocktail mixer kit from Freeland Spirits on February 23, 2021. If you have additional questions about Freeland, or if you are unable to pick up your kit, please contact to inquire about local delivery to the Portland Metro area. Additional details for picking up your cocktail kit will be sent to the email address you enter on the registration page.

Do you live outside of the Portland Metro area and want to participate? We have options for you! While Freeland Spirits is unable to ship its fresh mixers, we have shelf-stable options for Gin or Bourbon that can be shipped directly to you. Make sure to select the “Non-Portland Metro Area – Gin/Bourbon” at checkout and select your preferred alternative cocktail mix.

Lunch & Learn - Life Beyond LifeSet

Sponsored by CFM advocates logo

Thursday | March 18 | 12 – 1 p.m.

Cost: Free


Moderated by Bill de la Cruz, Youth Villages Oregon Board Member & Principal Consultant with De La Cruz Solutions.

Join youth allies in exploring system gaps and strengths for supporting young adults facing significant challenges from the perspective of organizations designed to solve problems and a youth in foster care with lived experience.

Lunch & Learn - Collaborative Problem Solving
Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Can Help Anyone Change

With Dr. Stuart Ablon

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente logo On Point Community Credit Union logo

Thursday | April 15 | 12 – 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Based on his more than twenty-five years of clinical work with some of the most challenging populations (juvenile offenders, convicted criminals, and other institutionalized individuals) as well as training teachers, police officers, and other professionals, Dr. Stuart Ablon of Think:Kids, presents a new way of thinking about solving our most vexing behavioral problems–and practical advice to put the ideas into practice.

Forget tough love, zero tolerance and other outdated ways to try to eliminate bad behavior. Instead, look for what’s missing–the ability to tolerate frustration and change, for example–and work together to find a solution that will actually stick.

Mission Moments

Last Tuesday of every month

Mission Moments are a safe, virtual opportunity to connect with our important work through guest speakers and conversation in an informal setting for about 30–45 minutes. Each month, join conversations with guest speakers who lead in areas affecting youth in foster care to learn more about a specific program, topic, policy or opportunity to support these youth.

The Need to Belong – The Neuroscience of Inclusion Pt. 2

Tuesday | February 23 | 12 p.m.

For this Mission Moment, we will hold a follow up conversation to last month’s presentation on “The Need to Belong: The Neuroscience of Inclusion in the Workplace.” Our guest is Rachel Parrott, a speaker and consultant in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, who also serves on the Ambassador Board at Youth Villages Oregon. Rachel has made a name for herself as someone who engineers “aha” moments around DE&I through the study of neuroscience and human behavior in the workplace. She is passionate about helping people understand the root of implicit bias and how that bias impacts our organizations in the hope of creating more equitable and just workplaces for everyone.

Rachel most recently worked as the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at New Relic, Inc., a San Francisco-based technology company focused on providing a unified view of customers’ software and systems. In her almost 5 years at New Relic, Rachel was instrumental in the creation and launch of their five employee resource groups (ERGs), including the formation of a group focused specifically on mental health and neurodiversity at work.

If you have questions or require more information regarding any of these events please contact Jonathan Whitmore at .

Thank you to our sponsors!

All sponsors will be listed on email communications, social media including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and on our event page.

2/25 | Tecology

Tecology logo

3/18 | $1,500 (4 available)

CFM advocates logo

4/15 | $2,500 (5 available)

Kaiser Permanente logo
OnPoint Community Credit Union

Jonathan Whitmore, Development Manager