Sign up for the 2020 Lents Youth Initiative 

Updated January 3, 2020

The Lents Youth Initiative benefits our whole community using a three-pronged approach:
a) offer hands-on leadership, education, and career development opportunities for under-served neighborhood youth
b) increase the capacity of local organizations to complete projects that address issues of ecological and human health, environmental justice and equity
c) increase social and environmental capital in the neighborhood through LYI partnerships.

By creating a vehicle for community groups to collaborate on projects and attracting youth to support those projects, LYI acts to focus, amplify and catalyze existing community improvement work while cultivating a new generation of environmental justice leaders in East Portland.

In the spring, youth are recruited through various avenues, including ROSE affordable housing, schools, and a network of community partners. Up to 45 youth participants receive 45 hours of leadership training, environmental justice training, and career development through the Youth Empowerment Series.

In the summer, up to 30 summer interns are hired to lead projects and collectively contribute hundreds of hours to projects that benefit the neighborhood through community-based partnerships. Projects include habitat restoration, increasing community food access, sustainability awareness, community art projects, and youth-led initiatives. LYI continues to engage youth through monthly gatherings that deepen community connections, build leadership, and contribute to program planning.

Summer 2019 Internship Outcomes:

  • 3,755 hours of service by 27 interns
  • 2,870 community members served
  • 420 volunteers engaged
  • 938 youth served 
  • 1220  plants/trees taken care of
  • 8 new materials created
  • 53 community events facilitated
  • 250 Surveys Completed

For previous years please visit our previous work page. 

2019 Partners

Meet our 2019 Members! 

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For 2019, funding has come from Gray Family Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation’s  Ned and Sis Hayes Fund, East Portland Action PlanCity of Portland Special Appropriations Fund, Prosper Portland’s    Community Livability Grant, CommuniCare at David Douglas High School, SummerWorks and East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. 


Video Produced by LYI around Air Quality Monitoring Project: