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Northwest Down Syndrome Association's Social Justice Youth Camp Begins August 4

Graphic of youth shouting Find Your Voice

Graphic of young person using bullhorn to express FIND YOUR VOICE.

Social Justice Youth Camp to be August 4-6 at Portland State University

Individuals aged 14 to 25 years old can learn to find their unique artistic voice and message to use for change at the Northwest Down Syndrome Association’s (NWDSA) Social Justice Youth Camp being held August 4 through 6 at Portland State University (PSU). The Social Justice Youth Program is seeking nine participants with a disability and nine without to become engaged in the movement towards an inclusive civil society for all individuals. This is an opportunity for young adults with and without disabilities to learn how their art can be a meaningful tool for change.

This is a year-long program that kicks off with the Social Justice Youth Summer Camp, followed by monthly meet-ups (which may include a visit to City Hall or an art gallery, meeting with a social activist or presenting participants’ art at an event). The location includes not only the university at 1825 S.W. Broadway in Portland, but also the surrounding downtown area.

The camp is designed to be interactive and accessible to all. Campers will be required to actively participate in workshops led by experienced social activists and artists. Activities will range from writing and drawing to movement and music. To ensure campers' engagement throughout the camp, accommodations and/or supports will be made according to each individual’s needs. In addition to attending workshops, youth will have opportunities to explore and enjoy some of PSU’s resources, including the recreation center.

More information is available on the camp event webpage and the Social Justice Youth Program webpage. The program is a group of self-advocates, siblings and friends who envision a better tomorrow for everyone. The group was created as a platform to bring individuals with and without disabilities together to discuss social issues. It is important to note that the focus of the program is to not just generate conversation around disability, but to address issues the youth are most interested in. This includes topics of race, sexuality, and even environmentalism.