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The City Club of Central Oregon is partnering with The Bulletin, Central Oregon’s daily newspaper, to host informed conversations that move the needle on important issues in our community.

An in-depth report in The Bulletin will launch our inaugural effort on Oct. 17 regarding the topic, “How Do We Improve the Academic Success of Students Experiencing Houselessness?”

Unhoused students graduate high school at lower rates than their peer groups. How can our community help? Hear from three local people who live with this issue on a daily basis to gain insight and understanding.


  • Uriah Barzola: 2021 Bend High School graduate (Southern Oregon University freshman)
  • Steven Wetherald: Graduate Coach at Bend High School and the High Desert Regional Teacher of the Year
  • Eliza Wilson: Program Manager, Grandma’s House


  • Zack Demars: Reporter, the Bulletin

We’ll take questions from you, too! Time for audience Q&A after the panel discussion. We encourage you to send us questions prior to the event. This event is open to the public and media and will be streamed on our website. Please submit your questions to  info@cityclubco.org.

The Bulletin will host a Solutions Workshop at 5pm on November 4 to bring local decision-makers and advocates together to work toward evidence-based responses.  The goal of the Solutions Workshop is to follow-up after the forum with a group of community members digging deeper into the issue. Ideally, the workshop attendees will have background and expertise to understand the issue and/or be able to offer resources and sustainable solutions.

The workshop will be limited to 20 people. You must have watched the City Club forum. You will be required to show proof of vaccination.

If you are interested in attending the Solutions Workshop, please contact Jody Lawrence-Turner at jlawrence-turner@bendbulletin.com.

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This livestream is made possible by Connect Central Oregon, a nonprofit launched with the assistance of the OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab.

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