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Youth Forum and free lunch this weekend

This Saturday there will be a youth forum held at the Brentwood Darlington Community Center. Portland youth are asked to "Speak Your Peace". The forum is part of the Community Dialogues 2003: Livable for who? forums being sponsored by South East Uplift. Come on out and let Portland know what youth want for our city!
Youth are asked to Speak your Peace about how Portland can become more livable!

This next weekend on Saturday, April 12th there will be special youth forum held as part of the Community Dialogues 2003: Livable for Who?. This is a chance for youth from Portland to express their views on how to make Portland livable for Youth. The "Speak your peace" youth forum will start with a free lunch served at noon and then the forum starts at 1:45 PM. The event will be held at the Brentwood Darlington Community Center located at 7211 SE 62nd in Portland.

One important project that the forum will be discussing will be:
Presently Buckman Community Neighborhood is in the process of trying to obtain the Old Washington School for a community center that would serve all kinds of groups - including Youth. Youth should voice their need for this space so that The Portland Public schools (owners of the building) can see the importance of letting the site stay part of the community.

Youth can speak on other subjects also...you get to decide...this is your time.

Come on down and tell Portland what youth want. Let us build understanding and act together. For more information call (503) 232-0010 x20

Also on Saturday, attend other forums:

Session 1 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

1A Reflections on Integration: A report from immigrants and refugees from Project Tapestry

1B Affordable Housing Now! - introduction to the campaign to secure a new, ongoing source of funding for affordable housing in the Portland metropolitian region Led by Community Alliance of Tenants

Session 2 10:45 AM to 12:15 AM

2A Who are the African Refugees and Immigrants in our community?

2B What Really makes us safe: the American Search for true Security - Led by Latin America Asia Pacific Youth Program

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30 PM

Session 3 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

3A Breaking Chopsticks: Challenging Myths and Stereotypes about the Asian Pacific Islander Community

3B Speak your Peace! A youth forum for Portland youth concerned about including youth in community making

3C Elder Friendly Challenge: Learn about the unique needs of the neighborhood's growing aging population and learn how our environment and services can become accessible with special attention to safety and community design.

This forum is part of the Community Dialogues 2003 series of community discussions happening in Portland.

The goals of the dialogues are to:

* support the leadership, issues and campaigns of immigrants, people of color, low income, and homeless community members and the organizations that they support

* Affirm that immigrants, people of color, low income and homeless people are members of the community that Neighborhood Associations represent.

* Educate, build understanding and relationships between Neighborhood Association members and traditionally underrepresented community members

* Create actions of solidarity that support immigrants, people of color, low income, and homelss people and build relationships with Neighborhood Association allies

Sponsored by Southeast Uplift and the Southeast Uplift Diversity and Representation Committee.

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