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The third annual Rob Ingram Youth Against Violence Summit will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. at the Ambridge Center. This is a youth-led and youth-driven Summit coordinated by the Multnomah Youth Commission. The event is free. Youth MUST register for the event.

A Youth-Led and Youth-Driven Summit -- For Youth and By Youth!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Ambridge Event Center, 1333 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard)
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Breakfast and check-in start at 9:15 a.m.)

The event is free and open to youth between the ages of 13 and 21. Youth must register.

You can register at

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Stop the Violence!
Free -- Free food! Raffle prizes! Transportation! Child Care!

"We, the Multnomah Youth Commission, established the Youth Against Violence Committee in 2011, in response to the growing violence directed towards young people. We are currently focused on Anti-Gay and Gender, Cyberbullying, Gang, Home/Family, Police, School (Bullying) and Sexual/Dating Violence. As the official youth policy body for the City of Portland and Multnomah County, we will not tolerate these acts, which create a hostile and unsafe environment for all youth throughout our city and county.


"The first section of the Summit is dedicated to youth, to caucus, build community, and further develop action steps in different mediums. We encourage youth to attend the Summit independently, to engage with other young people around these topics. Adult chaperones (teachers, counselors, coordinators, etc.) are permitted to accompany a group of young people interested in attending the Summit. The presence of invited adult policymakers and community leaders is requested in the afternoon (from 2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.) to listen to youth stories of violence and engage young people in dialogue around how we can take steps together to reduce violence in our community.

"The goals of this year's Summit are to:
-- provide resources for youth to deal with violence they experienced and/or are currently experiencing in their lives;
-- inform policymakers with the experiences youth face regarding violence and strengthen our youth-adult partnerships to implement our policy recommendations and actions;
-- educate youth and adults about 'Our Bill of Rights: Children & Youth' and the importance of its implementation into all decision-making areas in our community; and
-- bring diverse youth from across the region together to share ideas and experiences regarding violence and build a youth movement for social change.

"Currently, our formal partners include: State Farm Insurance Youth Advisory Board; Penney Family Fund (as a member of Common Council Foundation); Multnomah County's Office of Diversity & Equity; City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement; STRYVE (Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere); Defending Childhood Initiative; Local Public Safety Coordinating Council; and Multnomah County's Department of County Human Services."

For more information, contact
(503) 793-1691

Thank you.

Multnomah Youth Commission 23.Mar.2014 10:35


The Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC), the official youth policy body for both Multnomah County and the City of Portland, is a group of young people, ages 13 to 21, who strive to provide a voice for youth in the City's and County's work.

In addition to its advisory role within local government, MYC provides youth input and also works to improve the community through service projects. MYC works to change policy afefcting young people, as well as stereotypical community perceptions

What bullshit 25.Mar.2014 10:54


Since when are adults 18 to 21 "youths". They are young adults, moron. I realize that progressives are juvenile in mentality into their 80's, but 18 to 21 year old adults are not youths.

Youth or Young Adults or Adults? 25.Mar.2014 14:25


I agree that 18 - 21 year olds are adults (albeit young adults).

The youth-ifying of adults seems to be an "American thing." I have been invited to gatherings for "young organizers" and the nonprofit, grant-making agency is considering "young" anyone under 40!!! We have an acquaintance who is a youth organizer and she considers herself a youth even though she's 25! In other countries, if you still consider yourself as "young" when you're over 25,you're just immature.

"Young" seems to get older the older one gets.