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VBC 19: We the Wild Youth

  • Open School East 16570 SE Oak Portland, OR 97202 (map)
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We The Wild Youth Movement
~* Let them hear you ROAR! *~
A Night of Empowerment Created by Youth for Youth
Supported by City Repair’s 2019 Village Building Convergence and Friends of Noise

Friday May 31st, 2019 from 4:30-8:30pm
At Open School East (16570 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97233)
Accessible by bus line #20 and MAX Blue Line towards Gresham, Stop E 162nd Avenue

We the Wild Youth is an event to launch a youth empowerment movement to inspire and empower all youth to believe in themselves, have their voices heard, their initiatives supported, and to showcase the supportive resources that already lie within our community. We the Wild Youth is visioned and organized by Francesca Bas, a 17 year old student who has decided to stop accepting the things she cannot change, and start changing the things she can no longer accept. This event is welcoming and open for all youth as a safe space to feel empowered, supported, and have youth voices amplified.

The evening will include:
△ Free dinner
△ Fun raffle prizes
△ Tabling by partner organizations supporting youth
△ Amazing diverse youth speakers sharing their stories in a TedX inspired format to engage the audience in conversations around the challenges and celebrations of being a youth alive today
△ Performances by local youth musicians through Friends of Noise.

We the Wild Youth serves as a gathering place for youth to connect their initiatives through local networks. Over a dozen community partners will be present at the event to show youth the range of support that already lies in our community who believe in them and want to see them succeed. Beyond our event co-hosts Friends of Noise and The City Repair Project, we will have various community organizations that will be tabling on site include Multnomah Youth Commission, Urban Nature Partners PDX, Portland Tennis and Education, Earth Citizens, Life Lines Youth Lines, Q Center, 350PDX, Passion Impact, New Avenues for Youth, Best Buddies, Girls and Boys Club, Earth Guardians, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Sunrise and more!

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“My name is Francesca Bas and I have decided to stop accepting the things cannot change but start changing the things I can no longer accept.”
Francesca Bas is a 17 year old student who is passionate about being an activist in community spaces, creating opportunities for all people to feel welcome, supported and empowered. Since June 2018, Francesca has visioned and spearheaded organizing the We the Wild Youth as an event created by youth to empower youth. This year, Francesca has been recognized as one of Oregon’s Mental Health Heroes by Trillium Family Services with the Keep Oregon Well Campaign.

Co-Hosts Supporting We the Wild Youth
Friends of Noise
Friends of Noise seeks to foster healing and growth for the creative youth in our community via the arts. We host all age concerts that showcase youth first and adult artist second. We teach music production workshops so that young people can host and produce concerts themselves. We teach Music Biz professional development workshops so that young people can have a baseline skill set to navigate the music scene.

The City Repair Project & The Village Building Convergence
City Repair is a Portland-based nonprofit that fosters thriving, inclusive and sustainable communities through the creative reclamation of public space. Towards this goal, City Repair hosts a 10-day community building festival called the Village Building Convergence (VBC) that takes place in the beginning of June. Now in it’s 19th year, VBC 2019 will be held from Fri, May 31 to Sun June 9.