Leadership Programs

Mobilizing Young People in High School, College and Beyond

About

At Next Up, we work to get young people organizing in community for life.

Our four year-round leadership development cohorts Рserving Portland metro’s high school aged, college aged, and young adults Рmeet monthly to ensure that every young person builds the community organizing skills and anti-racist social justice analysis they need to make change in their communities. We center Black, Indigenous, and people of color young people because we can only authentically address the most pressing issues when engaging those that are most impacted by the problem. These cohorts provide an intentional space for creating transformational, and deep connections amongst young people, while also ensuring every single person is trained with an anti-oppression, anti-racist, and intersectional analysis for systems change. Read more about each opportunity below.

Our Programs

Summer Fellows

High School Cohort: UPTURN

A free 6 month direct action organizing 101 program for high school students

Students will participate in 1) Monthly workshops on politics and the historical contexts of today’s political climate, cultural organizing, equity, activism, de-centering whiteness, and anti-racism work 2) Engaging other young people and their community to increase voter registration, voter turnout, and civic awareness 3) Networking and building connections with community members, other advocacy organizations, and local leaders. Applications are now closed for Fall/Winter 2020.

High School: Youth Action Team

Youth led community organizing for social change

This collective of high school students has monthly meetings to work on issues they care about the most. By engaging in our organizing work, young people are getting hands on experience on making real changes within our community. Currently, students are working on bringing Race Forward conversations to 4 different High Schools, updating the civics education curriculum in Oregon, and making 17 year olds eligible to vote in Primary elections.

group of college students

College Cohort: UPTURN

A free 6 month direct action organizing 101 program for college students

Learn about today’s political climate, non-profits in Portland, cultural organizing, activism, and anti-racism work. Have a community and consistent opportunities to plug into two elections! Engage students on your own campus to increase voter registration, voter turnout, and civic awareness. Network and build connections with community members, other advocacy organizations, and local leaders.

Trivia Night

Community Action Team

Young adults organizing for social change

This group meets once a month to help knock doors, call voters, engage in visibility events, organize fundraisers, and develop their own projects. They’ve also helped bring year-round community-centered events on topics like voter education, civic engagement, art and activism, criminal justice reform, and more. If you want an opportunity to learn about political organizing, voter registration, direct action, and event planning, go fill out the volunteer form to join the team.