OPAL is excited to welcome our 2012 summer Organizers-in-Training (OiT). Our 2012 cohorts include both long-time community activists and younger students who are emerging community leaders. Our two-month OiT program includes workshops and guest speakers in various facets of grassroots organizing, as well as on-the-ground experience in organizing on the buses and at bus stops and in the community. Over the summer, our Organizers-in-Training will develop and hone their leadership and organizing skills while helping Bus Riders Unite expand our reach and deepen our relationships with bus riders.
Please take a brief moment to read about our awesome Organizers-in-Training below, and please support their leadership and training by making a donation to OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon today. Grassroots organizing is the fundamental building block of our movement, but it’s also really hard work and our OiTs enjoy a summer stipend and transit pass for their commitment. If you’d like to help sponsor an Organizer-in-Training, we encourage you to sign up to be a monthly donor. Just $10 a month will make a huge difference in helping us to support these emerging leaders.
Lynne was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Clinton Central High School in New York. She is the proud mother of three sons, ages 31, 27, and 25. She is an active volunteer at OPAL, We Are Oregon, the East Portland Action Plan, and she represents OPAL on the Jobs with Justice Steering Committee. Lynne says: “I look forward to learning more about becoming a great organizer as well as learning more about environmental justice during this summer.”
Born in the Bronx, Terrence was raised in Harlem. He is currently a member of OPAL, We Are Oregon, and the East Portland Action Plan. He has been involved in community organizing for many years, including working with black liberation movements during the 1960s, including the Black Citizens’ Patrol. Terrence says: “I would like to learn how to retain people and have members commit to the ongoing struggle. I feel retention in any organization is a constant battle. How do we keep people in organizations and in the movement?”
Mychaela was born and raised in Portland, OR. She is a senior at Portland State University. As an Organizer-in-Training this summer at OPAL, she hopes to contribute her voice, participation, and knowledge. Mychaela says: “I want to connect more communities with OPAL and Bus Riders Unite to be more powerful in the fight for environmental justice.”
Nicole was born in Compton, CA. She moved to Oregon at six years old and has been here ever since. She recently graduated from Portland State University, where she earned her degree in social work. She has been very involved in the community, volunteering at the local library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and with various student groups at PSU. Nicole says: “This summer, I’d like to develop my skills as an organizer and fight for social justice and sustainability.”