Artistic poster with partner logos.

Artistic poster with partner logos.

 We The Wild Youth Movement

Let them hear you ROAR!
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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, and showcase five 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. The evening will come to a close with performances by local youth musicians through Friends of Noise. A mostly volunteer run event, click here to support and volunteer!

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, Trillium Family Services and more!

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Schedule of Event on May 31:

Event logo.

Event logo.

4:30pm- Doors Open
5:00pm- Event Begins with Ice Breaker, Mingling, and Raffle Prizes
5:15pm- Introduction by the Youth Organizer of the event
5:15pm- Youth Speakers Begin
6:30pm- Dinner Served
7:30pm- Concert by Local Youth Musicians
9:00pm- Event Ends

Youth Speakers

Avondre (17 years old)

The experience of houselessness and sharing stories to build identity and power, break down barriers, and create connections

Logan Stromberg (19 years old)

Inclusion: what it means, what it looks like, and how the world could be different with inclusion today

Francesca Bas (18 years old)

Event creator/organizer and youth activist sharing her journey with an eating disorder

Noah Schultz (27 years old)

Sharing his story of serving seven-and-a-half years in prison and his personal connection and motivation to drive reform in our justice system through humanizing the stories of the incarcerated and raising awareness around mass incarceration.

Antonio Harrison (17 years old)

The journey of gender transitioning from female to male in 2019

Madalyn Davis (19 years old)

Growing up in a split parent home, battling depression and loving activism in all its forms

Local Youth Musicians through Friends of Noise

~ White Lotus ~

R&B and Soul inspired singer with a smooth as silk voice and a connection to the street that keeps her real

~ Wave Pro ~

R&B influenced, ever-changing wave of sounds and ideas

~ New Moon ~

Alternative Rock/Emo Punk group of high schoolers that play both fast and slow songs

About the Organizer

“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. You can take a look at the  last VBC event here.

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Share the We the Wild Youth Movement to the world!

Instagram: @We_the_wild_youth

Facebook: We The Wild Youth: VBC 2019

Go Fund Me:

Hands held high together, we are a movement!

Hands held high together, we are a movement!