Include East Portland youth in education planning activities.


Though these areas are not specifically assigned to the library, the library does focus on providing welcoming spaces and services to teens at the Midland Library. For example, the Midland library has a Teen Council which meets twice a month and is open to all teens. The purpose is for teens to work with library staff to make the library and its services teen-friendly. Teen Council program is supported by The Library Foundation.
Our "Subotnik" project addressed action point L.4.1 by coordinating youth-oriented educational programming via the Portland Parks Department, Zenger Farm and Leach Botanical Garden. Field trips were organized for the children and youth at Springwater Commons at both Zenger Farm and Leach Botanical Garden as the culminating events of the larger Subotnik project. Additionally, Springwater Commons’ youth were involved on the day of the Subotnik event, working directly with the JCWC representative to chart out the bioswale restoration. Participating youth also took initiative in learning how to plant the native species, and led the younger children in the project as well. The youth also took charge of the curb painting project, with excellent results. In addition, a representative from Growing Gardens provided a children’s program in June on growing their own food. Children and youth planted vegetable seeds and learned about food gardening.
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon's(APANO) 'Youth Advocacy Institute' trained and worked with 10 API youth, former refugees from Thailand to address and advocate for education equity issues
With an EPAP grant and the fiscal sponsorship of the East Portland Neighbors, Parkrose Music Boosters provided increased opportunities for middle and high school students to participate in planning performance activities to foster ownership in their educative process.
The Lent Elementary Native Habitat Project provided elementary school students with the opportunity to create a native plant habitat, rain garden and insectary within the Lent Garden and Outdoor Education Space (GOES). Prior to planting, Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO), taught students about native plant species. Utilizing this knowledge, students planned which plants should be included within the GOES, and then planted them in the garden.
ROSE CDC worked with youth to plan and apply for a Civic Engagement Grant in 2015 to begin a program called Club RC; a soccer program that engages Latino Families in Lents and Powellhurst Gilbert. Youth wrote a paper titled “why we need to get a grant”. Additionally, one high school student volunteered as a coach.
African Youth and Community Organization organized youth civic mentor leadership development to learn how the education and government system works. The 6 boys who took advantage of this training have gone back to school and are volunteering at the AYCO office as we speak.

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