By Adrian Cato, YEJA Organizer
In early December, members of Youth Environmental Justice Alliance participated in their yearly winter retreat to build community and strategize around next year’s campaign goals. Youth from Parkrose, David Douglas, and Franklin High School gathered at our annual retreat to reflect on the previous year’s work and plan for the upcoming year. In addition to community-building activities and discussing this year’s successes, YEJA members strategized around a secondary campaign that we hope to launch in Spring of 2019. A few of YEJA’s major goals for 2019 are the continued expansion of YouthPass to more high schools within the TriMet service district, launch of a secondary YEJA campaign, and additional strong recruitment of new YEJA members to grow our base.
These are a few of the many projects and actions that YEJA members were involved in over the course of 2018
- Youth-led workshop on Ecological Justice at the Tend the World Youth Forum
- Celebration of Transit Equity Day at Parkrose High School & David Douglas High School
- Testimony at FY2018 – 2019 City Budget meetings to secure YouthPass funding
- #DefendYouthPass Rally and testimony at City Hall
- East Portland Youth Film Festival
- A Walking History of Youth Transit Advocacy with Oregon Walks
- Testimony & Involvement in the Public Transportation Implementation Plan for HB 2017
- Safety in Our Academic Environments youth-led community conversations at Parkrose & David Douglas High School
We look forward to continuing to build power with youth of color in East Portland in the new year!