We’re shifting power and broadening the leadership pipeline

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

Our four year-round leadership development cohorts – serving Portland metro’s high school aged, college aged, and young adults – meet 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. Read more about each opportunity below.

“Next Up is an organization focused on increasing youth participation in democracy and making Oregon more equitable and accessible for all people. Because of Next Up, I have been able to get involved in politics, register other young people to vote, and use my voice to advocate for the issues I believe in.

Amira Tripp Folsom, Class of 2020

Achieve Systems Change

High School Cohort: UPTURN

A free 3 month organizing 101 program for high school students

UPTURN develops and builds the knowledge and skills of young people interested in learning the basics of social justice, building power in their community, and completing a direct action project. At its core, this is an introductory course into organizing 101 and direct action organizing. BIPOC students are prioritized. 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 the campaign to lower the voting age to 16, updating the civics education curriculum in Oregon, and making 17-year-olds eligible to vote in Primary elections.

Develop Bold Leaders

College Cohort: UPTURN

A free 3 month organizing 101 program for college students

UPTURN develops and builds the knowledge and skills of young people interested in learning the basics of social justice, building power in their community, and completing a direct action project. At its core, this is an introductory course into organizing 101 and direct action organizing. BIPOC students are prioritized.

Mobilize Young Voters

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.