youth of color gather around a tarp to mix paint for a street mural
The Youth Advisory Board serves to uplift the lived experiences and voices of youth across Multnomah County. We are youth ages 10-19 who strive to make long-lasting changes in our communities. We work on youth-lead projects focused on violence prevention, with support from the Health Department’s Community Adolescent Health program.

YAB is great way to make a difference in your community and meet new people. You’ll gain project management experience, leadership skills and learn about public health.

Activities

We meet virtually during the school year and through summer on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. We choose projects and set a schedule that works for us.

The opportunities are great, as together we decide what it is we would like to see happen in our communities.

At the end of each season we get together for our Youth Summit to celebrate our accomplishments.

Youth receive gift cards for participating.

Register for the Youth Summitposter for the 2022 Beyond Racism youth summit

Beyond Racism
Saturday, July 30, 1-4pm

SEI, 3920 N Kerby Ave, Portland

Our in-person, youth-led summit will focus on environmental racism—how youth can identify it within their community and ways to address it. We’ll also highlight organizations in Oregon that are doing this work.

Open to all ages. Register»

Beyond Racism Summit 2022 (958.47 KB)

Projects We Have Worked On

  • Racism Is a Public Health Crisis video
  • Providing youth voice to the Violence Prevention Community Advisory Board
  • Park clean ups
  • Community safety assessments
  • Youth summit

How to Join

Open to youth ages 10-19 who are enrolled in any school in Multnomah County.

Applications for the 20 available spots are accepted each fall. These are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't wait to sign up!

No prior experience required. Time commitment is 6 months to a year.

Ready to join? Complete our Youth Advisory Board Interest Form and we'll contact you.

Parent/Guardian Consent Form

Officers

Rina, Grant High School
Jehiel, St. Andrew Nativity School
Henri, Central Catholic High School
Temneat, David Douglas High School (not pictured)

Questions

Contact Grasiela Quevedo-Ramos, grasiela.quevedo-ramos@multco.us