2024 Imprint Project

Interested volunteers please contact Ryan Mosier at ryan@mbabar.org.

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 two to three-month period.

Volunteers will be assigned one of the following novels, based on the selection of their student match: 

A Time to Dance, by Padma Venkatraman
Bamboo People, by Mitali Perkins
Black Boy White School, by Brian F. Walker
Diamond Boy, by Michael Williams
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Sanctuary, by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Alchemist, by Paulo Chelho
The Last Leaves Falling, by Sarah Benwell
The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama
The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

The student and attorney will write approximately three letters each, discussing 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. By January 19, 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, January 8, 5-5:30 p.m.
Volunteers will be invited to join Parkrose High School teacher Nerissa Ediza on Zoom to learn what to expect during this year's program. A recording of the orientation will be provided to all volunteers following the program.

Program-End Celebration - Friday, May 17
An in-person party at Parkrose High School will celebrate the program's conclusion and allow volunteers and students to meet. Volunteers will join their students from 10:50-11:45 a.m. or 1-1:45 p.m. depending on the student's schedules.

Please contact committee members Nick Ball, Sarah Coates or Thomas Ybarra for any additional details.