Young people won this election

Over the years, we’ve help make Oregon the #1 easiest state to vote in, brought our state’s voter registration rate to over 93%, and expanded who is eligible to register.  We’re seeing this payoff in a big way – nationally, eligible voters ages 18 – 29 cast their ballot at the second-highest rate in nearly… Read More

Welcome Zave and Carolina: 2022 Storytelling Interns

Intros We’re excited to welcome and introduce two Storytelling Interns who have joined team next up for the next couple of months: Zave and Carolina. They will support online content creation, storytelling and story collection from our base members, and donor appreciation during our end-of-year fundraising campaigns. Meet each of them below. Carolina Ruiz Carolina Ruíz… Read More

Next Up Launches First Internal Participatory Budgeting Process

Next Up amplifies the voice and leadership of diverse young people to achieve a more just and equitable Oregon. Our interconnected strategies of youth leadership development and organizing, civic engagement, and issue advocacy are aimed at making Oregon a place where young people have decision-making power – and that also means within our own organization. … Read More

2022 General Election Endorsements

We are thrilled to officially announce our slate of candidates who have earned Next Up Action Fund’s endorsement for Oregon’s November 8th, 2022 general election. We want to elect leaders that come from our communities, share our values, and will fight for young people in Oregon. The people elected to local offices make crucial decisions… Read More

Summer Wrap Up 2022

Just like that, summer has come to an end.  As the leaves turn, and the rain greets us – we want to take a moment to reflect on all of the wonderful memories we made this summer. From intentional community building in Clackamas County with awesome summer base building fellows, a sweet celebration of over 20 years of youth power,… Read More

Sweet Dreams: Celebrating 20 Years

Last weekend, Next Up & Next Up Action Fund celebrated our 20th birthday party, Sweet Dreams, bringing together community members, youth cohort participants, and organizational partners. For those who joined us, it was such a great time celebrating with you (even on a 100-degree day)!  Together, we raised over $14,000 which goes towards our work… Read More

With your help, we’re dreaming of a different future

As we mark our 20th anniversary, we are reaching out to community members who share our vision for bold youth organizing. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000/month, helping us expand our cohort programs, civic engagement and advocacy work at a critical time. Plus, this week is the Alliance for Youth’s monthly donor competition, where we… Read More

Charter Reform will be on November 2022 Ballot

Dear friend,  We are thrilled to share that Portland voters will have the opportunity this fall to consider a change to our city government.  On June 14, the Portland Charter Commission voted to advance a measure amending the Portland Charter to the November 2022 ballot. There was strong support on the Commission, with 17 of… Read More

Primary Election Wrap Up 2022

With your ongoing support, we’ve been busy fighting for values-aligned candidates and boosting voter turnout in Oregon’s primary elections! Voting is a critical way for young people to be civically engaged, and we know that it’s not only a truly impactful way for young people to have a say in issues that affect our everyday… Read More

Welcome Charlie to Next Up

Joining us as of June 2022 is Charlie Ducharme, who will be helping our team as the new Development and Operations Coordinator. In this position he will prioritize grounding his work in equity and social justice – fostering a sense of belonging and collective power. You can get to know a bit more about Charlie below…. Read More