Next Up amplifies the voices of diverse young people to achieve a more just and equitable Oregon. As an organization by youth, for youth, we believe young people have the right to participate in decision-making about the world in which we live and the future we will inherit.
Our work to dismantle systemic barriers to civic engagement includes passing the nation’s first-ever automatic voter registration law, and has contributed to Oregon being named the #1 easiest state to vote in. Every year is an election year, so we work year-round to engage young people on the power of their vote through classroom visits, voter outreach and educational events. Our youth leadership programs develop community organizing skills for young people ages 14-35, and center the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous and youth of color. Through our programs, we create a far-reaching network of young people working together to advocate for change.
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Our organizing model develops long-term advocates and leaders by involving young people in organizing roles. In 2020 alone, we employed 35 high school and college students to do peer-to-peer voter registration and civic education in 100+ schools, making hundreds of virtual classroom presentations. We also made over 72,000 calls and sent over 216,000 texts to young voters across Oregon with nonpartisan voting information -- an investment that helped lead to an historic 11% increase in youth voter turnout in our state.
To broaden the leadership pipeline and open doors for more people of color, women, LGBTQIA+, and low-income youth to become public service leaders, we run year-round youth leadership development cohorts, training young people to build power in their communities through an anti-racist, intersectional lens. Our cohorts serve 60+ people each month, but we are on track to double that number by adding more cohorts and another staff member!
“Next Up is an organization focused on increasing youth participation in democracy and making Oregon more equitable and accessible for all people. Because of Next Up, I have been able to get involved in politics, register other young people to vote, and use my voice to advocate for the issues I believe in.”
—Amira Tripp Folsom, Class of 2020, former Next Up board member
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are committed to the ongoing work it takes to create a more inclusive and equitable democracy for Black, Indigenous, people of color, people living with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and other oppressed groups. Internally, as a multi-racial organization working toward racial justice, all of us participate in inspecting our organizational culture, with an annual cultural assessment to evaluate our progress on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion roadmap. For our programs, we create curricula and select topics through an anti-oppression, intersectional lens. To ensure that we continue to be accountable to our program participants and our values, we ask for feedback at the end of our programs and invite our members to participate in our cultural assessments. For more, visit our website.
Each donation of $10 or more will enter you into 5 raffles, thanks to the generosity of local Portland businesses!
1. games and puzzles from Cloud Cap Games
2. a free complete tune-up or roadside repair kit from Clever Cycles
3. incense sampler pack - Clary Sage Herbarium
4. two Certificates for up to 4 people for a Tour and Whiskey Tasting Flight at Westward Whiskey SE Portland Distillery
5. tote bags, a t-shirt, a bandana and some magnets....and a gift card to Dove Vivi Pizza
Donations of any size will get you 20% off accessories, up to $20, at Clever Cycles.
On November 30 (Giving Tuesday and also a Big Give Day), ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria will match up to $1500!
And if we meet our $15,000 goal, the full amount will be matched by the national Alliance for Youth Action!