The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and their allies won YouthPass expansion into East Portland high schools this year. Sadly, the program is not included in the draft budget at the City of Portland. The loss of the program would be detrimental to the success of East Portland youth. YEJA envisions a YouthPass program that funded by TriMet and including all high schools within their service district. The city must ensure that the 2018-2019 school year is covered with funds from the City of Portland as we work to transition the program into TriMet. We continue to collaborate with the City of Portland and YouthPass stakeholders to find a long term sustainable solution for the YouthPass program.
OPAL has prepared a one-page document which outlines YEJA’s vision for a long term sustainable YouthPass program funded by TriMet and how to get there. Check it out here.