Serve the People, the summer training intensive program of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, came to a close last week. 14 youth of color from East Portland participated in the fun, motivating, educational and empowering experience of four half-day meetings per week for six weeks.
The program teaches the fundamental skills that make an organizer powerful. Youth engaged in workshops on white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, gender, worker’s rights, capitalism, and much more. The program taught youth how to advocate for themselves, choose issues and identify problems in the community. Youth participants also learned more about the chance to be a part of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance as it gears up to return from summer break in September. Several of the youth applied to become interns with YEJA in the coming school year.
Serve the People ended with youth leading and executing a photography and arts event called Eastside Just-Us Stories. The event featured photos from each of the youth participants in STP, telling stories of life as a youth of color from East Portland. Youth also displayed dance and poetry talents.
Congratulations to the youth for their successful completion of Serve the People 2017.