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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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Driving Votes

Wrap Up: National Voter Registration Day 2019

October 2, 2019

That’s a wrap for National Voter Registration Day 2019! This year, we partnered with many different community organizations to get people registered to vote. Our amazing 35 volunteers registered folks at Central City Concern’s many different transitional housing and clinics downtown, at P:ear Mentors (they mentor Portland’s homeless youth to affirm personal worth and create…
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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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The Wrap Up: 2019 Summer Fellows

September 4, 2019

My name is Giovanni Bautista and I’m a summer fellow with Next Up, formerly the Bus Project. We’ve had an awesome summer, collecting over 650 pledge to vote cards, making over 2,000 phone calls, and going to 25 community events over 10 weeks to talk to folks about important issues! Here are some of the people we’ve…
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Driving Votes

National Voter Registration Day

September 3, 2019

We’re excited to once again be part of a national effort to strengthen our community by registering hundreds of voters on September 24, 2019, also known as National Voter Registration Day. First started for the 2012 presidential election, National Voter Registration Day has become a 50-state holiday where thousands of organizations and volunteers organize to ensure our family,…
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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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Driving Votes

Fair Shot Agenda Wrap Up

July 24, 2019

Oregon’s Legislative Session ended on June 30, 2019. While the final week of session was clouded by attacks on our democracy, we still moved Oregon forward with a number of historic policy victories that advance racial, gender, and economic justice. At The Bus Project, our mission is to engage the next generation of Oregon’s leaders…
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Driving Change / Policy

Paid Postage Passes! Voting is Finally Free

July 9, 2019

Did you hear? Voting will finally be free in Oregon, with every single mailbox becoming a drop-box. We are elated to announce that Paid Postage passed this Legislative Session and is heading to the Governor’s desk to be signed. With the passage of this bill Oregon is yet again establishing itself as a national leader in creating…
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Driving Change

We’re Rebranding! Join Us

June 26, 2019

As generations change, so does The Bus. The Bus has taught us that young people can be trusted with power – not as “future leaders,” but as leaders today. We have worked over the last 18 years to bolster opportunities for youth political pathways and involvement. We want to continue to support the next generation…
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Driving Votes

Urgent Call to Action: Vote!

May 20, 2019

Voter Turnout Languishing  There’s an election tomorrow! And here’s some sad news: While record numbers of young people and voters across the state turned in ballots for the midterm election (63%!!), voter turnout for this special election is sitting only at about 10%.   This is the time to get involved locally! We’re voting mostly for…
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UPTURN is Seeking Applicants!

May 20, 2019

Are you interested in gaining firsthand activism experience? Do you wanna be the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?? The Bus Project is looking for committed high school students interested in civic engagement, leadership development, and advocacy work to join the UPTURN Cohort for the 2019/2020 school year! UPTURN is a no cost, year-long cohort for high school…
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