2021 school board elections

2021 School Board Elections

From now until May 18th we’ll be working hard around School Board Elections – this includes hosting events, candidate forums, and making thousands of calls and texts to get out the vote to amplify student voices. You can find all opportunities listed below, they are all virtual, open to all ages, and free. We hope you… Read More

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John Legend Endorses Restoring the Right to Vote

PORTLAND, Ore. – Artist and activist John Legend has lent his voice in support of voting rights for incarcerated Oregonians. In a heartfelt and very personal video message to Oregon lawmakers, Legend urged them to support Senate Bill 571/House Bill 2366, a bill that would restore the right to vote to people with felony convictions… Read More

we're hiring for an executive director

We’re Seeking an Executive Director

It’s time for the search for our next Executive Director to begin. At Next Up we envision an Oregon where young people boldly lead the state forward, our democracy is inclusive and accessible, and our communities are strong and resilient. We’re seeking a strategic and energetic Executive Director to lead the organization to boldly execute… Read More

Welcome Kenya! Our Interim Executive Director

A note from Kenya Juarez, Interim Executive Director

As of March 1, I stepped off the C4 Board and joined Next Up as our Interim Executive Director. I am excited to continue supporting the organization in this new role while we search for our next Executive Director! As a board member for almost two years, I am deeply committed to this organization and… Read More

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A Farewell Note from Samantha

Dear Next Up Community, After three years – including countless hours of phone banking, fundraising, advocating for this organization at every opportunity, crying when it’s hard, laughing when it’s joyous –  it’s so hard to say goodbye. Being part of this organization has truly been the adventure of a lifetime and I’m so grateful to… Read More

2020 read our annual report

2020 Annual Impact Report

Dear Friend, In 2020’s life-changing election, Oregon’s young people voted at the highest ever rate on record. That record was not a coincidence. Working alongside our coalition partners and allies, Next Up has been breaking down structural barriers to voting, boosting youth voter turnout, and broadening the leadership pipeline for the last 18 years. Long… Read More

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New Bill Proposes Restoration of Voting Rights for Oregonians in Prison

Lawmakers will consider extending the right to vote to people with felony convictions who are currently serving their sentences. PORTLAND, Ore. – A new bill seeks to overturn decades of disenfranchisement of incarcerated Oregonians which disproportionately silences the voices of Black and Indigenous people. House Bill 2366/Senate Bill 571 restores the right to vote to… Read More

2021 legislative preview

2021 Legislative Preview

Coming into the 2021 Legislative Session we know we must continue to push our democracy forward. While Oregon is one of the most accessible states to vote in because of policies like AVR, online and pre-registration and most recently, paid postage, there are still many gaps that need to be filled to ensure that every… Read More

Top 5 of 2020: Yearly Wrap Up

This year we’ve seen the power of investing in young people. While 2020 has been intense – with COVID-19 hitting hard, uprisings across the county in a fight for racial justice, and the biggest election of our lives looming over us most of the year – still, we see that young people are leading the fight for equity… Read More

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Support Us in Give!Guide

We’re back in Give!Guide! Running from November 1 – December 31, Willamette Week’s Give! Guide lifts up 170+ Portland nonprofits and offers incentives for donating — including raffle prizes, discounts, and rewards for all donors giving $10 and up. On December 1, in collaboration with our partners OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon & Partnership for Safety… Read More