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ACTION ALERT: YOUTH PASS IS WORTH SAVING!

The future of Youth Pass is in jeopardy! Right now there is a $25 million deficit in the City's budget. This means that a lot of programs are in jeopardy, specifically the Youth Bus Pass. If we don't have Youth Pass, many families will be left with the burden of trying to scrape up money for kids to get to school.
Sign the petition at:
 http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-hales-keep-portland-youth-pass

WHAT IS YOUTH PASS?

Youth Pass is a subsidized bus pass provided to students in the Portland Public School District. It allows students get to and from school by the use of Trimet.

Youth Pass was funded with Mayors Potter and Adams pushing for the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program to expand the Youth Pass to over 13,000 Portland Public High School students.

Did you know that School Districts are required by law to provide bus service to students living beyond 1.5 miles of their school? The Oregon Department of Education then reimburses districts for 70% of these costs from the State School Fund.

YOUTH PASS: GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, REALLY GOOD FOR US ALL

Youth Pass benefits the community by taking yellow buses off the road and capitalizes on existing public transit, a benefit that will help decrease the amount of air toxics.

Youth Pass saves money! Youth Pass promotes environmental health and, with school closures and students being forced to commute longer distances from their neighborhood to get to school, can make the difference between a students' success or failure. We need Youth Pass.

If Youth Pass is cut, many of Portland's youth will not be able to get to school and/or jobs.

Youth Pass is important because transit connects students to education, jobs, housing, healthy food options, social services and recreation. Youth Pass means that, regardless of where you live, the color of your skin, or how much money your family has, you have the freedom of mobility and opportunity.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SAVE YOUTH PASS?

Sign the petition at:
 http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-hales-keep-portland-youth-pass

For youth under the age of 21:
Support Multnomah Youth Commission and OPAL's efforts to save Youth Pass.
Attend free youth-led workshops.
Tell everyone you know about Youth Pass and get your friends involved.
Contact: Nicole, Youth Organizer at OPAL Environmental Justice - Oregon at  nicole@opalpdx.org

Thanks very much for any and all support.