farewell samantha! next up's next adventure

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

restoration of voting rights for oregonian's in prison

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

we're in give!guide

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

The Wrap Up: 2020 Election

Heading into the biggest election of our lives, we set bold goals for voter registration and getting out the vote. Our goals: Complete 240 virtual class raps (presentations) in high schools and colleges to make sure students register to vote by October 13 Contact young people ages 18-29 statewide to make a vote plan &… Read More

7 board members headshots

Meet Our New Board Members

We’re so excited to introduce you all to the amazing new board members who have joined Next Up’s and/or Next Up Action Fund’s Board of Directors. Our Boards of Directors are comprised of fierce community advocates who are deeply committed to the success of our organization, find out more about the newest members: Winta Yohannes,… Read More

2020 election roadmap.

Our road map to victory in November

With 26 days until the election and only 5 days left to register to vote, this is the time when things really heat up. We’re ready for it. At Next Up, we are executing on a 3-prong strategy for making sure young people’s voices and votes are counted during this pivotal, life-changing election. Find out… Read More

Next Up Endorses Ballot Measures 107, 108 and 110

Next Up Endorses Ballot Measures 107, 108 and 110 Voting on ballot measures is the moment that we as Oregonians help write the laws in our state. Make sure to vote with us on critical issues when your ballot arrives. Not sure how to vote on these measures? No worries. Next Up has recommendations on… Read More