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BPS Media Advisory: Grants for Youth Projects Now Available




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Grants for Youth Projects Now Available
Youth 21 and under eligible for up to $1,000 for projects that improve Portland

Portland, ORE. - Portland's youth now have a chance to fund their great ideas. Thanks to a partnership between the City of Portland’s Youth Planning Program, Portland Community College (PCC) Students4Giving, PCC Foundation, the Multnomah Youth Commission, Global Citizen Corps of Mercy Corps, and the Office of Mayor Sam Adams, outstanding youth proposals will be awarded a total of $10,000 for projects that help improve Portland for youth.
What: Youth Action Grants Available NOW
When: Application Deadline - February 9, 2012
Who: Any youth (21 and under) who live, go to school, work or play in Portland and would like to apply for up to $1,000 to improve Portland!

The Youth Action Grants support new and creative youth-initiated and youth-led projects, particularly those that engage large numbers of youth, broaden youth skills and involve new youth leadership. Grants will be awarded to projects that prioritize a specific article of Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth in order to help make the bill come alive for the youth of Portland. 
The strongest proposals for projects will be awarded funding in March, and the projects will be conducted in spring 2012. 
One of last year’s grant recipients, Oregon DREAMers, held a community banquet that screened “Papers,” a documentary that highlights stories of undocumented youth and raises awareness about tuition equity. The DREAM Act would give undocumented youth a path toward citizenship through college or military service.  The banquet was attended by over 60 people, which included an engaging panel discussion for all.  The banquet allowed the DREAMers to educate Portland about this important disparity among youth today, while building their own community service and event organizing skills.
Erika Molina, youth organizer with Oregon DREAMers, said, “We really wanted to provide a space for the community to come and learn about issues affecting our community and how to get involved. This project [and the action grant gave] us an opportunity to connect our work with Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth.”
For a look at last year's winners, see a video of last year's award ceremony with Mayor Sam Adams.
Support youth voice in Portland. Apply now to help improve Portland today!
BPS will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.