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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Franklin High School Roundtable

Nick joined Franklin High School students for a roundtable discussion about civic engagement.

April 17, 2012

Yesterday, Nick was pleased to join a group of students at Franklin High School for a roundtable discussion.

The roundtable is part of a series of meetings with local students, organized by our Multnomah Youth Commission liaison, Cleveland High School student Sophia Kecskes.

Franklin students were very engaged, sharing their perspective about local elections, budget challenges, and the cuts facing Portland Public Schools. Many students shared the fear that some of their favorite teachers may not be able to return next year.

Nick was impressed with the candor and thoughtfulness of the students’ comments and ideas. Additional roundtables are tentatively scheduled for Madison and Roosevelt High Schools later this spring.

The Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC) is a great way for young people in the community to learn more and get involved with local government.  MYC is currently recruiting new members, ages 13-21, to serve on the Commission.

If you or a young person you know is interested in joining, visit MYC’s website for an application.

Steve Duin: At Portland's Franklin High School, the bell tolls for ... them

Steven Duin in The Oregonian

Earth Week Food and Gardens Events

Our 1,000 Gardens Initiative recognizes the importance of growing food locally. Join in the celebration of local bounty during Earth Week 2012.

April 17, 2012

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Planet Earth Week Exhibition

Monday, April 16 - Friday, April 20

1900 SW Fourth Avenue, First Floor Lobby

In honor of Earth Day, the Bureau of Development Services and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, present Healthy Bodies/Health Planet: An Earth Week Exhibition. The local food exhibit will showcase information about farmer's markets, the proposed food code, community gardens, a how-to on growing, buying and cooking seasonal fare, and more.

Food and Drink Sampling (Free): Wednesday, April 18  12 - 1 pm

Seed Exchange (Free): Friday, April 20  12 - 1 pm 

Introduction to Permaculture

Wednesday, April 18

6 - 8 pm

Location TBA

Growing Gardens introduces the concept and theory of permaculture - a gardening technique inspired by natural ecosystems and ecological design principles - and will provide practical tools to start applying it in your garden. Register for this event to learn the location.

Getting Your Garden Started Class

Saturday April 21

10 am - 12 pm @ Rigler Community Garden

1 - 2 pm @ June Key Delta Community Center

Join Portland Community Gardens for a free, interactive, hands-on class taught by Oregon Tilth on how to get your garden started.

Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 21st

11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Learning Gardens Lab at Green Thumb Site (6801 SE 60th Ave)

Come celebrate Earth Day! There will be food, music, prizes, workshops, kids activites and more!

Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence

All youth are invited to attend the Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence

April 18, 2012

Story by Sophia Kecskes

The Multnomah Youth Commission is proud to invite all youth to take a stand against violence in our community. The Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence is the first summit of its kind, designed by youth, for youth. At the summit, youth and adults throughout our community will work to change the way violence is viewed and dealt with in our lives.

The day-long summit is divided into two parts. First, youth will caucus, build community, and consider youth-driven policy recommendations. Then, youth will have the opportunity to share their stories of violence with elected officials and community leaders and then engage in dialogue about how youth and adults can take steps to reduce violence in our community.  

There is no cost to participate, and youth participants will get free lunch and a t-shirt.  The event will also feature a raffle and other entertainment.

Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence

April 21, 2012  10 am – 4 pm

Highland Christian Center

7600 NE Glisan Avenue

Portland, OR

Youth, ages 21 and younger, can register online for this great opportunity to change the community we live in.

For more information, email multnomahyouth@gmail.com or call (503) 793-1691. 

Friends of Pier Park event this Saturday

Portland Parks & Recreations' Pier Park

April 18, 2012

By David Nguyen

The annual Friends of Pier Park’s Pick-Up event is this Saturday, and they need all the help they can get for the following projects that morning:

  • Disc golf path improvements
  • Moving and re-installation of disc golf signage
  • Ivy and blackberry removal
  • Painting over of graffiti
  • Litter pick-up

Coffee and pastries will be provided by local St. John's businesses Anna Bananas and Tulip Pastry Shop. Volunteers should bring work gloves and wear work boots.

Click here to sign up to join the effort!

Multnomah Youth Commission holds Candidate Forum

Multnomah Youth Commission held a candidate forum on April 11, 2012

April 19, 2012

Story by Sophia Kecskes

On Wednesday April 11, the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC) held a Youth Candidate Forum for the upcoming Portland City Council races.

A number of local candidates were on hand at David Douglas High School to provide an opportunity for youth to interact with the people who will soon be representing them in our city’s government. Designed to help youth get involved in local politics, as well as teach candidates about youth priorities, the candidate forum was a success for all involved.

Attendees discussed a variety of issues, including the recent rise in violence against youth, budget cuts for all school districts, and how the candidates would work to promote "Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth" if elected.

At the end of the forum, all youth under age 21 voted to decide the winner of the "youth vote" - who they’d like to have represent them on our next City Council. Considering that many of the youth who voted are not legally allowed to vote in May, this vote was a great occasion for them to share their perspective with the adults in our city.

The results of the youth vote named Jefferson Smith as Portland Mayor.  For the Commissioner Seat 1, Mary Nolan and Amanda Fritz tied.  For Commissioner Seat 4, Jeri Williams was the winner. This vote is not an endorsement from the MYC, it’s simply a representation of the opinions of the youth present at the forum.

David Douglas High School Hosts Youth Candidate Forum

Helen Silvis in The Skanner