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Youth Protest County Inaction

On May 17th, 2016, members of Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA), a youth group part of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon held a rally in front of the Multnomah County building to demand YouthPass expansion to East Portland schools. “Since we launched this campaign last November, we have secured support from the David Douglas and Parkrose…

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Apply For YEJA’s Summer Training Program

We’re now accepting applications for YEJA’s Summer Training Program engages high school students in the community and develops their skills around public speaking, facilitation, community organizing, and creative arts. We will learn about environmental and social justice issues. At the end of the summer, we collectively host a community arts showcase where we use arts…

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Tell MultCo Commissioners: I Support #YouthPass4All

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, OPAL’s youth leadership program, is planning a week-long call-in action to urge Multnomah County Commissioners to help fund the YouthPass program in East Portland schools. Help us make some phone calls to let Multnomah County Commissioners know that you support 3000+ students gaining access to public transit so they can…

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Apply Today for Organizers-In-Training

Organizers-In-Training is now accepting applications for our Summer 2016 cohort! Click here to download the application. Email completed applications and essays to OIT@opalpdx.org before 6pm May 27, 2016. We’re also hiring a coordinator for the summer program – if you’re a bit more experienced, and want to try your hand at facilitating our signature, 10-week leadership development…

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The Oregonian is Wrong on YouthPass

Official Joint Statement from Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and the Multnomah Youth Commission in Response to the Oregonian Editorial Board’s Recent Attacks on YouthPass Funding We have read the Oregonian Editorial Board’s most recent article urging the City not to fund YouthPass. We are disappointed and outraged that the editors chose not to interview any…

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YEJA YouthPass Report Release Recap

On Thursday April 7th, OPAL’s Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) shared major findings from their report YouthPass to the Future: Youth Experiences on Public Transit, Challenges and Needs, and Solutions for a Better Future. The event was covered by OPB, and the Portland Tribune. The report, seven months in the making, includes results of over…

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Youth Organizers to Release Transit Report

  Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) youth leaders are holding a press event marking the public release of YouthPass to the Future: Youth Experiences on Public Transit, Challenges and Needs, and Solutions for a Better Future. The report reveals insights into transit inequities among East Portland youth. The event is 4:00 – 5:30pm on Thursday, April 7th,…

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