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Youth Engagement Partners (YEPs) are youth from Portland’s three public high schools who organize within their schools and district-wide to co-construct the future of high school education in Portland. YEPs are emerging leaders who represent many different backgrounds and experiences with education. Click here to see the 2022-2023 YEP application.
YEPs identify and advocate for changes that will help Portland’s schools become more student-centered. Portland Empowered supports YEPs in gaining critical leadership skills, realizing their own power as change makers, and planning for their own futures.
YEPs were finalists in 2016 for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Organizing award. Youth Engagement Partners continue to work to ensure that student government structures across Portland are accessible, accountable, representative of the demographics of the schools, and weighing in on meaningful decisions related to education.