Author: Casey Chaffin

How we let homelessness become a nationwide crisis

Jimmy Jones, executive director of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. Before becoming director of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA), Jimmy Jones taught Western Civilization as a professor. When asked to explain the crisis of homelessness in Salem, he reverts to his background in history and sociology. Starting[Read More…]

Schools seek connection to combat student stress

When Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) conducted a district wide survey of secondary and elementary students, they found something they didn’t expect.  “A high number of kids reported that they did not feel connected to their school,” said David Fender, director of the SKPS Office of Behavioral Learning.  Mental health advocates[Read More…]

The kids are not all right

Youths nationwide are struggling with their mental health at rates higher than previous generations. Oregon has the highest rate of youth depressive episodes in the country, and rates of depression – alongside anxiety and self-harm – are trending upward.  Many of those kids can’t get the help they need before[Read More…]