VIDEO: Congratulations Serve the People Graduates!


OPAL congratulates this year’s Serve the People cohort of youth leaders! Youth from Franklin High School, Parkrose High School, David Douglas High School and Muslim Educational Trust came together this summer to participate in a series of workshops. Youth participants completed the program by holding the East PDX Youth Film Festival, a showcase sharing the often-untold stories of youth in their own words and in their own perspectives, through movies the youth shot, edited and produced themselves here at OPAL!

Over the course of Serve the People, the youth engaged in broad-ranging discussions on topics such as gentrification, Environmental Justice, the school to prison pipeline, and food justice with Zenger Farms. STP provides you a deeper understanding of social justice and Environmental Justice issues in Portland, and prepares them to be leaders in creating change in our community. In addition to political and popular education workshops, youth develop skills in creating social justice oriented short films, exploring the intersections of identity and community. These emerging leaders brought their dedication, hard work and creativity to their short films to share their stories and those of youth in our community. We’re excited to present these films to the public, after their debut at the East PDX Youth Film Festival.

At OPAL we’re preparing for the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance membership to return from summer break, and looking forward to another year of building power, as we close out our summer programming. Check out the youth films below!

M.V.P: Muslims versus Prejudice

Idris Ibrahim, Yahya Bille, and Yousif Ibrahim

Muslim youth are questioned about prejudice and how they feel about media prejudice.


Maya Anderson, Say Wah Paw, Edom Daniel, & Violeta Perez Mata

Identity is an independent film about young women of color and their identities in Portland. The film discusses how their community affects and/or supports them.


Carly Chan, Sage James, and Nia Carter

STP Youth directors follow a group of dedicated young musicians who strive to explore and express their complex identities through the art of music. They reveal how their passion for music is a powerful tool to walk them through life and cope with this changing world.

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