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Calling all Youth Bus Riders -- OPAL is having a party!

Calling all Youth Bus Riders (ages 13 - 18) -- OPAL (Organizing People, Activating Leaders) is having a party for you! Come to the OPAL offices on Saturday, August 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. to learn about environmental justice, the youth pass campaign and hang out with other youth bus riders!
COME TO THE PARTY!
Saturday, August 10
1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
OPAL (Organizing People, Activating Leaders) Office, 2407 S.E. 49th Avenue (off Division), served by bus lines 4, 14 and 71
Free!
Free root beer floats and snacks! Door Prizes!
Come learn about environmental justice, the youth pass campaign and hang out with other youth bus riders!
OPAL will provide a bus ticket for you to get home!

Please RSVP to Vania at  vania@opalpdx.org or by calling (503) 342-8910.

See  http://opalpdx.org

BACKGROUND:

The Youth Bus Pass was saved for this year, but this was just a reprieve. The campaign continues for its renewal. If families don't have Youth Pass, many families will be left with the financial burden -- even greater in difficult economic times where "more is going out than coming in" -- of trying to scrape up money for their children to get to school.

WHAT IS YOUTH PASS?

Youth Pass is a subsidized bus pass provided to students in the Portland Public School District. It allows students to 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 school buses off the road and preventing the traffic congestion that occurs in residential neighborhoods when students are driven to school in personal family vehicles. It uses existing public transit, a benefit that will help decrease the amount of air pollution.

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 and from school, Youth Pass can make the differece between a student's 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, extracurricular activities, jobs and volunteer opportunities.

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.

Tell everyone you know about the importance of Youth Pass and get your friends involved!