Wrapping up the storytelling internship: thank you Zave and Carolina!

One of the best parts of running a Give!Guide campaign at Next Up is getting to work with amazing youth organizers and leaders who join us for an end-of-year internship to support our fundraising and communications. This year, the internship was focused on the power of narrative and storytelling. Thank you so much to Zave… Read More

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Community stories from 2022

Our board and youth leaders are the core of Next Up. At the end of 2022, several board members, past interns, and program participants generously shared their stories with our Storytelling Interns, Zave Payne and Carolina Ruiz. Meet Josh, Sophia, Jazzy, Fabiana, Anjali, Dalia, and Nathaniel! We’re so glad you’re part of our work and… Read More

Closing out our 20th year of building youth power

The Bus Project taught us that young people can be trusted with power – not as “future leaders,” but as leaders of today. Today, as Next Up, we continue that work, investing in youth leadership, civic engagement, and advocacy that shifts power and strengthens our democracy.

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