WHO WE ARE

We’re Oregon’s next-generation, doing democracy right.

For over sixteen years, Next Up – formerly The Bus Project – has amplified the voice and leadership of diverse young people to achieve a more just and equitable state. We do this by achieving systems change, developing multicultural, bold leaders, and mobilizing young voters. With our multi-pronged approach to engaging youth in civics, we can rebalance our democracy to uplift the voices of historically disenfranchised Oregonians. We are based out of Portland, Oregon.

We’re Next Up and we hope you join us. Click below to learn more.

 

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WHO
WE ARE

We’re Oregon’s next-generation, doing democracy right.

For over sixteen years, Next Up – formerly The Bus Project – has amplified the voice and leadership of diverse young people to achieve a more just and equitable state. We do this by achieving systems change, developing multicultural, bold leaders, and mobilizing young voters. With our multi-pronged approach to engaging youth in civics, we can rebalance our democracy to uplift the voices of historically disenfranchised Oregonians. We are based out of Portland, Oregon.

We’re Next Up and we hope you join us. Click below to learn more.

 

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what we do

Achieve Systems Change

Dismantling the structural barriers that our generations are facing, make it easier to build representative democracy where our leadership reflects the communities served, and ensure that young people lead the way

Develop Bold Leaders

Shift power and broaden the leadership pipeline, opening doors for more people of color, women, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQIA+, and low-income youth to become public service leaders

Mobilize Young Voters

Amplify young people’s voices in politics by using our proven holistic organizing model toward collective action that builds a more inclusive movement for a just democracy

Events

Art and Activism Marketplace

When:
November 23 from 4 pm to 7 pm
Where:
The Village Ballroom
704 Northeast Dekum Street
Portland, OR 97211
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Back to Basics: Local Government

When:
October 22 from 6-8 pm
Where:
Dig A Pony
736 Southeast Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
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Sing For Safety: A Karaoke Fundraiser

When:
November 7 from 6 - 8 pm
Where:
Cider Riot!
807 Northeast Couch Street
Portland, OR 97232
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News & Updates

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Increase Your Impact: The Monthly Member Competition

September 25, 2019

You know what time it is! Our annual Monthly Donor Competition between us and our National Affiliates, means your monthly donation is even more impactful now. Becoming a monthly donor from September 30 – October 6 helps us unlock more resources for our organization, earns you prizes, and supports our programs. Become a monthly member today…
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Meet Bobby! Soros Youth Justice Fellow

September 3, 2019

Bobby comes to Next Up as a Soros Youth Justice Fellow with the Open Society Foundation. Through first-hand experience with the criminal justice system, being convicted at 17 as an adult to a mandatory minimum sentence of 70 months under ballot Measure 11, Bobby brings a unique perspective and experience to this work. In this…
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We’re Next Up: We’ve Rebranded!

August 1, 2019

We’ve officially rebranded! As generations change, so has our organization. The Bus Project taught us that young people can be trusted with power – not as future leaders, but as leaders today. We’re shifting organizational culture and getting closer to our values. We’re changing our name because we don’t work in transit and we’re far…
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