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Raul Marquez in the News
January 27, 2018
Senior's pitch for shelter hit home: McKay student gets $100K youth shelter grant
"How do you deal with not being able to see your parents?"
After seeing a friend separated from his struggling family, Raul Marquez, 18, went to a United Way board of directors meeting Tuesday to pitch his proposal for a youth homeless shelter in Salem.
He left with a $100,000 grant. Raul, a McKay High School senior, came armed Tuesday with homelessness statistics and a plan that synced perfectly with the nonprofit's mission to address Salem's homeless crisis.
February 20, 2018
Teen asks Capitol for help on shelter: McKay student already has $124,900 for plan
Raul Marquez, 18, is asking Oregon lawmakers to set aside $275,100 this session to open the shelter in Salem, because the city doesn't have any dedicated overnight shelters for homeless youth.
In a letter to Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, Raul recalls the death last December of a homeless girl named Taylor, who passed away "because she had no warm place to sleep."
"As a senior at McKay High School, I find it unacceptable to hear about Taylor and other teens my age who have died on the streets of Salem," Raul wrote.
Raul said in the letter he needs $400,000 to open the shelter in Salem and has already raised more than $124,900. That includes $100,000 in grant money he received in January from the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley's board of directors, where he is a teen member. It also includes more than $24,900 in money raised from community members.
March 4, 2018
Legislature gives student $200,000 for shelter
The Oregon Legislature has granted a McKay High School student's request for help funding a homeless youth shelter in Salem.
Lawmakers included $200,000 for the shelter in a $93 milllion omnibus spending bill approved Saturday as he 2018 Legislative session neared its final hours.
Raul Marquez, 18, is trying to raise $400,000 to open the shelter in the former Catarino Cavazos Center, once a center for at-risk Latino youth that is now up for sale.
"This community has been my home for the last 18 years, and it troubles me to see that Marion County has the fifth-highest number of homeless students in the state," he wrote in a letter to Senator Courtney.
March 21, 2018
Nearly 1K expected for Salem protest: March for Our Lives set for Saturday at Capitol
Less than two weeks after thousands of Salem-Keizer students walked out of their classrooms to protest gun violence, they plan to walk again — this time to the Oregon Capitol.
Raul Marquez, student body president and senior at McKay High School is speaking at Salem's march.
He's passionate about this because he knows gun violence can ultimately affect anyone and it will continue to impact his friends and family after he graduates.
"This impacts youth on a day-to-day basis," Marquez said. "Stronger gun policies will create safer environments for my peers."