Student Ambassadors

Blanchet House Student Ambassadors 2021-2022

Student Ambassador Program

Blanchet House’s Student Ambassador program was created to engage high school students in projects to end homelessness. Ambassadors learn about the causes of homelessness and the services available in order to build awareness and support in their communities.

2021-2022 Student Ambassadors

Carolyn Paxton (She/Her) – Franklin High School
Jacquelyn Barnett (She/Her) – Mt. Scott Learning Center
Jamie Mack (She/Her) – Northwest Academy
Jeannie Feng (She/Her) – Jesuit High School
Kate Rodgers (She/Her) – Wilson High School
Nash Newton (He/Him) – Central Catholic
Ria Kamineni (She/Her) – Oregon Episcopal School
Sabina Alamo-Selis (She/Her) – Alliance High School at Meeks
Sofia Shurko (She/Her) – Sherwood High School
Sierra Smith (She/Her) – Lincoln High School
Sophia Fields (She/Her) – Catlin Gabel
Stella Banks (She/Her) – Riverdale
Tom Thake (He/Him) – Grant High School
Veronika Lizier-Zmudzinski (She/Her) – Jesuit High School
Violet Ashley (She/Her) – St. Mary’s Academy

Email our program coordinator at

Meet Our Ambassadors


Blanchet House Student Ambassador Nash Newton

Student Ambassador Projects

Blanchet House high school student ambassadors create mission-related projects geared toward building community and awareness. Ambassadors host clothing drives at their schools, interview policymakers, create classes to build an understanding of homelessness, and much more.

Student ambassador

Human Dignity Summit

Hannah Cooper hosted a Beauty Beyond Size workshop at Central Catholic’s human dignity summit.

High school clothing drive

Coat & Blanket Drive

Lance Paglinawan with Jesuit High School Portland students and staff collected 8 bags of warm coats and blankets to hand out to our meal and housing guests.

Interview with Joan Hardesty

Video Interview

Wilson High School junior Erika Bahena interviewed Portland City Councilor Joann Hardesty

Thank you to our past guest speakers and mentors

  • Calli Helldobler, Central City Concern, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Office Matthew Jacobsen, Portland Police Bureau, Neighborhood Response Team
  • Lizzy Acker, The Oregonian, Journalist
  • Ryan Deibert, Joint Office of Homeless Services, A Home for Everyone

Are you a professional working in the social services sector who would be interested in speaking to our group of ambassadors? Email our program coordinator at

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