2023 Imprint Project

Now Seeking Volunteers

Read a great book and correspond with local high school students

This popular program is sponsored by the YLS Service to the Public Committee and is a way for Parkrose High School students to connect with attorneys and judges in their community. The program also provides an opportunity for the students to develop written and analytical skills. Each student in the participating classes will be paired with a volunteer, and both will be assigned to read the same novel over a 2-3 month period.

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About the Program
Volunteers will be assigned one of the following novels:

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
The Last Leaves Falling, by Sarah Benwell 
The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama
A Time to Dance, by Padma Venkatraman 
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel 
Bamboo People, by Mitali Perkins
The Alchemist, by Paulo Chelho

The student and attorney will write approximately three letters each, discussing both their lives and interests, as well as discussing the portion of the novel that was read that week. By the end of the program, the student and attorney will have developed a mentoring relationship. Prior to reading and discussing the book via letter, volunteers will send an introductory letter to students introducing themselves. 

Virtual Orientation & Training for Volunteers - Monday, Jan. 9, 5-5:30pm
Volunteers are invited to join Parkrose High School teacher Nerissa Ediza on Zoom to learn what to expect during this year's program.

Program-End Celebration - Friday, May 12
An in-person party is planned to be held at Parkrose High School on Friday, May 12 (exact time TBD) to celebrate the program's conclusion and to allow volunteers and students to meet. 

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