May 12th, 2021Youth Against Violence Subcommittee Community 101 Grant Recipients   

The Multnomah Youth Commission is the official youth policy body for both Multnomah County and the City of Portland. We are a group of young people ages 13-21. MYC has 3 subcommittees, Youth Against Violence (YAV) is one of them.  YAV’s mission statement is: “We, the members of the Multnomah Youth Commission’s Youth Against Violence subcommittee, will collaborate with youth-led organizations, school programs and groups to engage in anti-police violence and anti-sexual & dating violence initiatives in our communities. With the assistance of the Meyer Memorial Trust and the PGE Foundation, we will prioritize youth organizations and school groups within the City of Portland and Multnomah County.” 

Through the Community 101 program, an effort of The Oregon Community Foundation and several local donors, the Youth Against Violence Subcommittee is pleased to award 4 youth-led projects this year. 

The four youth-led projects that will receive the award are: 

  • African Refugee Immigrant Organization - ARIO is hosting a youth-led event focused on helping Black youth and adolescents exposed to community violence with the skills to navigate these violent interactions

  • Congo Peace Project, a project focused on educating the community on how sexual violence is weaponized to harm communities

  • I Am M.O.R.E. (Making Ourselves Resilient Everyday), is doing a month-long project that focuses on educating and healing from sexual trauma

  • Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, who desire to reach marginalized communities by supporting school-based health centers

 About Community 101

C101 is a classroom-based program of The Oregon Community Foundation that gives students the opportunity to get involved in their communities through grant-making and volunteering. Each school presents $5,000 in grants to local nonprofits. The students have worked hard to identify community needs and determine how best to meet those needs with limited resources.

 A C101 class acts as a mini-foundation. The students receive grant-making funds, work to identify community needs, decide where to focus, and then implement a grant program. As part of the program, students participate in at least one service project, which brings them even closer to community issues.  Many C101 classes are supported by generous local donors and businesses.