Find your unique artistic voice—any medium, any message. If you’re passionate about a social issue such as civil rights, the environment, animal rights, LGBTQ, or anything else, you have a voice. If you enjoy music, painting, dancing, making videos, or any creative pursuit, you can use your voice for change.

The Social Justice Youth Program seeks to engage youth in the movement towards an inclusive, civil society for all individuals. It is an opportunity for young adults with and without disabilities to learn how their art can be a meaningful tool for change.

This is a year-long program that kicks off with the Social Justice Youth Summer Camp, followed by monthly meet-ups (which may include a visit to city hall or an art gallery, meeting with a social activist or presenting your art piece at an event).

Now accepting applications for the 2017 Social Justice Youth Summer Camp
Aug 4th – Aug 6th, 2017

The Social Justice Youth Program is a group of self-advocates, siblings and friends who envision a better tomorrow for everyone. The group was created as a platform to bring individuals with and without disabilities together to discuss social issues. It is important to note that the focus of the program is to not just generate conversation around disability, but to address issues the youth are most interested in. This includes topics of race, sexuality, and even environmentalism!

Youths team up on various platforms to address issues and create awareness. Program activities include volunteering, attending seminars, interactive meetings and a weekend-long summer camp at Portland State University. The goal of group activities is to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools to tackle social injustices.

The group invites all individuals 16-25 years old who are passionate about a equal and equitable world to join.

If you are interested in joining the Youth Program, or working with them as an adult advisor or mentor, please get in touch by calling the NWDSA Resourcefulness Center at (503) 238-0522 or emailing Youth and Community Coordinator, Austin Nugent at anugent@nwdsa.org.

No Dead Ends for Kids

Angela Jarvis-Holland and her son Daniel recently presented testimony at PPS Board of Education meeting. Daniel shared his college goals and asked members of the Board to be on his team.

“The kids are alright: the new Social Justice Youth Camp”

The youth group spends a weekend learning to harnass art and creativity to create social change.

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“Special week heightens awareness of respecting others”

Members of the NWDSA/ABI Youth Group address students at Philomath High School.

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“Surprising idea for special education students: Go to college”

Daniel Jarvis-Holland is a sophomore at Benson Polytechnic High School. He has Down syndrome and wants to go to college. Now he finally can. PSU is pioneering a way for young Oregonians with intellectual disabilities to attend college via the Think College Inclusion Oregon (TCIO) project.

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