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Youth Summit on Transit Justice - May 17, 2014

Youth Summit on Transit Justice

May 17, 2014

David Douglas High School

11am – 4:30pm


Register at: 

We, the Multnomah Youth Commission, established the Sustainability Committee in response to the community’s request for a free TriMet transit pass for all high school students throughout the year. We have a formal partnership with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon.  OPAL, through their Bus Riders Unite (BRU) campaign, organizes low-income communities and people of color to achieve a safe and healthy environment where they live, work, play and pray, while ensuring meaningful participation in decision-making that sets policy in our region. With OPAL, we are working to maintain the current YouthPass program within Portland Public Schools, expand the program to other East Portland schools districts, and broaden transit access all together for youth in East County.

We are hosting our first Youth Summit on Transit Justice on May 17, 2014 from 11am-4:30pm at David Douglas High School. In this youth-led process our intention is to organize youth from across the county and build adult partnership to address our region's transit issues. This is our first step to increase youth access to transit in Portland and Multnomah County.

The first part of the summit is for youth-only to caucus, and build awareness and community, while developing action steps in different ways. The presence of invited policy makers and community leaders is requested in the afternoon to listen to youth stories of challenges to accessing transit and engage young people in dialogue around how we can increase awareness and access in our community.

The goals of the summit are to...

  • Provide youth with an understanding of the existing YouthPass program, and how it relates to youth access to transit for education, extra-curricular activities, employment and other individual needs. 
  • Inform policy makers with the experiences youth face regarding transit and the importance of transit justice for the success for all youth in Portland and Multnomah County.
  • Bring diverse youth from across the region together to share their transit experiences and create ideas of how to build an equitable YouthPass campaign for all, and provide TriMet with recommendations to expand service to meet their needs, especially east of 82nd Ave.


We will provide:

1. On site licensed childcare to all young people with children (registration required)

2. TriMet tickets to and from the summit for ALL youth who do not have a YouthPass

3. Breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day 

4. Custom made T-Shirts from a local business

5. Amazing raffle prizes with lots of chances to win, ESPECIALLY for those who come on transit 

6. Opportunities to learn and take action!

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: IF you know of a YOUNG PERSON (NOT ADULT) who would be interested in attending please have them register online here.  

To Register CLICK HERE:

Currently, our sponsors include Oregon Department of Transportation Rail and Public Transit Division, Penney Family Fund (a member of Common Counsel Foundation), Multnomah County's Office of Diversity and Equity, City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon.