Youth Environmental Justice Alliance

Leadership, Empowerment, and Community

YEJA artwork by Vivian Su. Features a red circle highlighting a Latinx youth organizer.

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) develops low-income youth and youth of color leaders through political education, campaign organizing, and skill-building to address issues of Environmental Justice. The leadership program creates a space for marginalized youth to take action on the issues that directly impact them and their communities.

YEJA youth leaders are currently running an ongoing campaign to sustain and expand YouthPass, and recruiting more youth to join the group. YEJA's youth leaders facilitate political education workshops and campaign meetings for their peers. YEJA is conducting campaign activities at specific Portland high schools such as surveying and gathering school staff support for the campaign to win permanent funding and expansion of the YouthPass program.

YEJA is Youth Powered

YEJA was created by high school-aged students who participated in the 2015 Organizers in Training Program. YEJA is an inclusive space, where youth can learn about Environmental Justice issues in the community and build power to address them. YEJA is a youth-run program, where youth leaders create and run social justice campaigns, various political education workshops, and play leadership roles in the decisions for the program.

YEJA is currently meeting weekly, offering a free meal, fun activities, and powerful training in topics relevant to youth and environmental justice. If you're interested in learning more about YEJA, please contact Youth Organizer Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón at or call (503) 701 6825.

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