Building Young Leaders for Democracy

UPTURN is a no cost, year-long cohort for high school students from across Portland focused on building political power, engaging their community, and becoming thoughtful activists.

The 2019/2020 cohort has already begun, please check back next May to apply to be a part of this program!

Core Tenants


There are monthly meetings where participants take part in workshops on politics and the historical contexts of today's political climate, cultural organizing, activism, and anti-racism work. Part of this means gaining firsthand experience with organizing tactics and building people power!

Organizing Skills

Students get the opportunity to engage with other young people and their community year-round to increase voter registration, voter turnout, and civic awareness. This includes working on the campaign to lower the voting age to 16!

Build Connections

You will be networking and building connections with community members, other advocacy organizations, and local leaders.