YOUTH DEMAND EQUITABLE ACCESS TO SCHOOL AND OPPORTUNITY
Youth Environmental Justice Alliance Launches “YouthPass to the Future” Campaign
WHAT: Official campaign launch event. Students and school administrators will speak on the importance of equal access to school transportation and opportunities for student success.
Former State Treasurer and current Portland Mayoral Candidate Ted Wheeler
State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, House District 46
Reynolds School Board Member Diego Hernandez, Candidate for House District 47
WHEN: Saturday November 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm
WHERE: Jade/APANO Multicultural Space, 8114 SE Division (SE 82nd and Division – Bus Lines #4 and #72)
WHO: Former State Treasurer and current Portland Mayoral Candidate Ted Wheeler and Reynolds School Board Member Diego Hernandez, Candidate for Oregon House District 47, will join students, teachers, administrators and other local decision-makers in support of sustaining and expanding YouthPass. Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, (YEJA) a movement of low-income youth and youth of color, hosts this event.
WHY: 60% of PPS students rely on TriMet to get to school. Student transit access (“YouthPass”) is threatened each year by budget cuts. East Portland schools do not have YouthPass. YouthPass leads to improved school attendance and access to extracurricular activities, jobs, health and cultural services. With large numbers of low-income people, immigrant families and communities of color in East Portland, students demand equity. Every student should have equal access to this lifeline and opportunity, regardless of race, class, or where they live.
“The lack of transportation options and access contributes to the racial and socioeconomic disparities around educational attainment in our communities, ” says Superintendent of Parkrose School District Dr. Karen Fischer Gray. “We are excited to have OPAL and YEJA as a strong partner and ally to work towards bringing YouthPass to Parkrose. YouthPass will open up many doors for our students, and we fully support their work to organize this campaign that will directly benefit the students at Parkrose.”
YEJA and our allies demand equal access to YouthPass, and a committed investment in student success. This regional effort seeks to influence Trimet, City of Portland, Metro Regional Government, Multnomah County, and local school districts to come together to address this inequity. These decision-makers need to step up to address this inequality in East Portland’s communities of color and low income.