Prioritize East Portland schools in "safer routes to school" funding and implementation. (see T.2.1)

Action Item Number

1

EPAP Strategies

Updates

Oliver and Parklane Elementary were awarded grant funds from East Portland Action Plan to work with the City of Portland's Active Transportation department and Safe Routes to School to create safe walking and biking area in their neighborhood. The elementary schools were awarded funding for a Continuing Services Plan which includes an Engineering Strategies report. Community input was gathered through "Movie in the Park" events, Back to School Nights, PTOs, and neighborhood associations, more than 800 community members, to identify dangerous places and obstacles in the walking or biking.
OPAL and Bus Riders Unite, in part through grant funding from the East Portland Action Plan, were able to establish a strong partnership with the Multnomah Youth Commission, resulting in a stronger Sustainability Committee with greater focus around youth access to transit and YouthPass. OPAL has advanced the concept of a Youth Transit Justice Summit anchored in East Portland to serve as a catalyst for a renewed YouthPass campaign, held in May 2014 at David Douglas High School.
OPAL and youth Bus Riders Unite members, in part through grant funding from the East Portland Action Plan, were able work alongside the Multnomah Youth Commission to host the first ever Youth Transit Justice Summit on May 17th at David Douglas High School. In the 2 months leading up to the summit we organized hour-long focus groups in schools: Centennial, Parkrose (two focus groups were held), David Douglas, Reynolds Learning Academy (RLA), and Reynolds. During these sessions we learned the concerns, struggles which help inform and develop the break out session for the summit. At the summit we were able to create a finalized set of policy recommendations (please see attached Youth Summit on Transit Justice policy recommendations) , 1 video of a youth's journey to school from East Portland, and data from our break out sessions. At the summit we had 64 youth and 5 adults registered; 20 East Portland youth attended.