Wednesday, November 13
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Multnomah Youth Commission

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Multnomah Youth Commission Co-Chairs, Jordan and Linh, welcome guests to the 2019-20 Annual Swearing-In Ceremony.
The Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC) is the official youth policy body for both the City of Portland and Multnomah County. On October 29, MYC met with City and County leadership to present their annual “Youth Engagement Report” and to swear-in the new and returning youth commissioners for the 2019-20 term.

The Commission works to impact three main areas:
  • Policy recommendations
  • Community engagement
  • Youth-adult partnerships
Civic Life's Youth Program works with MYC because we believe creating a pathway for youth to become involved in their local government builds leadership and provides an crucial perspective on contemporary issues. Find out more about the commission and its work here>>

Community Safety

Image of young boys standing in front of a shave ice vendor stand.
An image of boys sharing shaved ice at the National Night Out celebration in the Portsmouth Neighborhood hosted by New Columbia Home Forward in McCoy Park. This image is a still from a short video that explores how Portlanders define community safety. To turn on close captions for this video, please select the "CC" button located bottom right of video. 
What do you need to feel secure and connected to your community? The Community Safety program believes that one important element to building a stronger community is getting to know your neighbors. Neighbors Together, helps neighbors build community connections while working toward a common goal. To promote a culture of collaboration, neighbors are asked to meet with one another to identify community safety interests. Once these topics have been agreed upon, the Community Safety team coordinates training(s) with the group. Training topics can include: emergency preparedness, personal safety, pedestrian safety, and public safety systems navigation. 

Learn how to activate Neighbors Together here>>

2020 Census

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Image of man delivering a census training to a room full of constituents. 
The Census Equity Fund of Oregon is currently accepting applications for Census Assistance Centers (CACs) serving Hard to Count (HTC) populations across the state. CACs provide an effective on-the-ground presence for the 2020 census in order to raise public awareness, deliver trustworthy information, and provide options for self-respondents to receive questionnaire support. CACs are one component of a broader #WeCountOregon plan. Applications are due December 4, 2019. You can find application details here>>

Civic Life is committed to ensuring that we have a complete community count. Data from the census provides the basis for distributing over $800 billion in federal funds annually to support vital programs impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and policy. Find out more about the census here>>

Code Change Update

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Image of people listening to a presentation during a Code Change community meeting held at Mercy Corps on April 30.
You are cordially invited to a public presentation on November 14, where Council will consider a Resolution to authorize: (1) A three-year extension for Neighborhood District Coalition Office contracts and (2) Convene an internal multi-bureau work group to review all cross-referenced responsibilities for public involvement within City Code. This meeting is also an opportunity to learn about the year-long process to update City Code 3.96.

Location: Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI), 3920 N Kerby Ave, Portland, 97227
Please note that parking is limited. If you are able, we encourage you to use public transportation to get to the meeting. If you have access needs, please contact Dianne Riley 503-823-8831 

Time: 5:30 -8:00pm Please note that SEI will not be letting people into their building until 5:00pm, if you plan to get to SEI before doors open, please form a line outside. The meeting will adjourn promptly at 8:00pm.
Food, refreshments, and childcare will be provided.

Public Testimony: There will be an opportunity to sign up in person at SEI on November 14 beginning at 5:00pm. We welcome your ideas and feedback but please note that there will be no vote during this meeting.

To find out more about the m
eeting and read the Code for All Portlanders report, please visit Civic Life's website>>

Advisory Body Open Positions

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Image of a yellow "No Parking" sign. The Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee currently has open positions. Read below to find out more and how to apply. 
Are you interested in joining a city committee to help advise local government on spending and programs? If you are from an underrepresented community, we will invest in your training and development to join one of our 100+ advisory bodies.

There are currently five open opportunities: 

Bureau Advisory Committee

The Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) supports the the Office of Community & Civic Life by providing guidance to the Director on the effective use of Civic Life resources as it relates to the overall strategic aim and racial equity plan. The next two BAC public meetings are as follows:
  • Monday, November 18, 5:30pm
  • Monday, December 16, 5:30pm
You can find the complete BAC meeting calendar here>>

Online Events Calendar

Visit our online calendar to find out information regarding community and neighborhood events.

If you have an event you would like to be considered for the calendar or if you have an image you would like to share from a recent event, please contact us at

Visit Civic Life online events calendar here>>
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