Youth Organizations

The following represent leading not-for-profit organizations “in the business of improving lives of young men and women”.


YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work full-time for 6 to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to each other’s success.

Girls Rock Camp Alliance

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. Providing workshops and technical training, we create leadership opportunities, cultivate a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourage social change and the development of life skills. We are located in Portland, OR.

Big Brothers Big Sisters  – Lane County, Oregon 

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lane County is to connect youth to their school and community through mentors who inspire and motivate youth and families toward personal growth, healthy relationships, and meaningful opportunities.

YEA CAMP (Portland, Oregon)

Summer Camps in Lane County, Oregon More camps than you ever knew about!

Young ReWired State  Young Rewired State is an independent global network of kids aged 18 and under who have taught themselves to program computers. We introduce these children to like-minded peers at events around the world where they use freely available open data to make websites, apps and algorithms to solve real world 

National Collaboration for Youth Now in its 4th decade, the National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) is the longest-standing coalition of national organizations committed to advocating with and on behalf of youth and, in particular, in research-driven “positive youth development”.NCY’s over 50 members, the household names of youth services and human services in America, collectively:

Overview:  We work with young people like you who want to do something about the issues we are facing, and want to meet other young people who do, too. Maybe you’re concerned about the environment, about violence in your neighborhood, about ending homelessness or animal cruelty, or about everyone having the right to get married? If you want to make a difference in the world, and want to meet other young leaders who feel the same way, we have the opportunity of a lifetime for you! Join us for Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp — a week of people and activities you will never forget.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Eagle Scouts Organization 

Boy Scouts  

Dreams For Kids

Dreams for Kids replaces charity with opportunity for at-risk youth through service, leadership and social activities and inspires them to fearlessly pursue their dreams and compassionately change the world.

Operation Hope

Portland has been the hub of financial literacy education for the entire Northwest region. Thanks to locally-based HOPE program managers, as well as community leaders, government officials and HOPE Corps volunteers, Portland has been a leader in youth economic empowerment since 2004, educating over 36,500 youth and over 750 volunteers.  Special Note: Miller Education Center and Mathew Raczko come in.  Instead of roaming the streets of Oregon during the summer, a group of students have decided to take special life skills classes at Miller, enrolling in Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future Financial Literacy program.

All American Youth Jamboree


Elevate Youth is a nonprofit educational organization that provides Bible-bound Christian principles for students and their parents, partnering with local churches and schools and offering impactful Christian programs and resources. Having experience in 36 states across the nation, it is our highly focused mission to help students avoid risk behaviors while developing the knowledge, skills and confidence to make Christ-centered life choices. Elevate Youth enables Just Say YES (Youth Equipped to Succeed) the ability to expand our public school ministry to Christian schools, Christian youth organizations and Christian families.

Girl Scouts

Camp Fire Girls

Girls Incorporated

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 – 18 annually across the United States

Hip Hop For Life

Hip Hop 4 Life is a champion of positive youth development and empowerment. Hip Hop 4 Life envisions a time when young people, regardless of race, class, or economic means, will possess the skill sets required to become successful members of society and extraordinary leaders. It is this vision that drives our mission to provide interactive life skills training and health and wellness programs designed to engage, educate, and empower young people to lead extraordinary lives.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender  Youth and Student Organization

Junior Achievement organization

Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, these JA Areas help young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. JA inspires students to develop competitive skills and confidence. Their success bolsters the local workforce and contributes to economic growth.

Kids for Peace

Kids off the Block 

We can change the landscape that has so many of our children, teens, and young adults feeling hopeless. By banding together youth organizations and concerned citizens to share challenges and solutions, we create opportunities for us all. Please join us!

National Service-Learning Partnership

Southern Oregon College Summer Youth Program

Youth to College Initiative (Y2C)

This program is designed to increase college readiness among youth from disadvantaged situations. There is a considerable gap in educational attainment levels among racial and ethnic groups. To address these issues, the Y2C Initiative will involve a minimum of 900 faculty and 15,000 college students and youth in service-learning projects and trainings over three years.
Contact Information: Elaine Ikeda, San Francisco State University, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. {NOTE: Dozens of Youth to College Initiatives all over the USA.}


The National Youth Rights Association is the nation’s premier youth rights organization. NYRA (pronounced NYE-ruh) is a youth-led national non-profit dedicated to fighting for the civil rights and liberties of young people. In the grand tradition of past civil rights movements, we seek to write a new chapter and create a world where people are not judged by their birth date, but by their talent, their intelligence, their integrity, and their competence.



Committed to a critical, youth-centered pedagogy, Youth Speaks places young people in control of their intellectual and artistic development. We are urgently driven by the belief that literacy is a need, not a want, and that literacy comes in various forms. s we move more deeply into the 21st Century, oral poetry is helping to define the new American Voice. By making the connection between poetry, spoken word, youth development and civic engagement, Y

One Young World

One Young World was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson. We are a London-based charity that gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.We stage an annual Summit where the young delegates, backed by the One Young World Counsellors, debate and formulate solutions for the pressing issues the world faces. No youth-dominated event outside the Olympic Games brings together more countries than One Young World./

Not Back To School Camp

NOTE: Very Fine FAQ

good faq here == like us, not organized but hard working

Eugene Pony Club

Horseback riding anyone? Offering physical and intellectual, is a good thing…like cooking classes, healthy oceans, music playing, bulding and repairing, and fun.

The mission of Pony Club is to “develop character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.” Members of USPC have joined an organization dedicated to producing well-rounded horsemen and women and one that has produced many of the past and current Olympic and International riders.


Peacefire is a “people for young people’s freedom of speech” organization, not a “young people for freedom of speech” organization. In other words, you can join at any age if you are against censorship of students and people under 18 in general.


The mission of Strong Women, Strong Girls is to utilize the lessons learned from strong women throughout history to encourage girls and young women to become strong women themselves. By building communities of women committed to supporting positive social change, Strong Women, Strong Girls works to create cycles of mutual empowerment for women and girls.

Trips for Kids   Oregon

CAT Trips for Kids-CAT provides mountain bike opportunities for kids who don’t usually get a chance to do such activities. A project of the The Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT), Trips for Kids-CAT is a partnership with Trips for Kids. Trips for Kids-CAT is a member of Trips for Kids® International – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Marin County, California. Founded in 1988 and now operating in over 80 locations throughout the United States,

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

World Youth Alliance
The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. We train young people to work at the regional and international levels to impact policy and culture. Through this lived experience of the dignity of the person, young people are able to affirm life at all levels of society./  North American Chapters

Youth Leaders International  .

Leaders International, originally named Youth Leaders International (YLI), was co-founded in 1996 by Michael and Jerold Samet, and has grown into one of the premier international youth development and education programs today. Leaders focuses on the development of bright students who attend the international meetings and participate in workshops, seminars, and team building activities. . The youth of today are the world’s leaders of tomorrow, and we are committed to endowing them with the skills, perspectives, and opportunities to serve their communities and our world. 1000 Parrs Ridge Drive, Spencerville, Maryland

Youth Services of America
Mission: YSA (YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. Vision: YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership, and achievement. The impact of YSA’s work through service and service-learning is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities.


The purpose of the program is to bring the workings of state government alive to students. It creates an opportunity for students to discuss current state issues with state

The Global Youth Movement on Climate Change

Youth Climate

YOUTH CLIMATE MOVEMENT   — Unending possibilities in the Green Arena  We could have 14 days spread through ten weeks here…to include Healthy Oceans, and Rivers and Conservation Corps. “As we move towards a carbon-constrained world, it is the youth that will fully experience the future consequences of today’s actions of humanity. If you are part of a youth organization or project, or an individual, is for you to connect and join the world’s largest social movement and fight for a better future.”As youths, the future is ours. Yet, actions today jeopardize the very world we will have live in. With energetic and spirited approaches, youths around the world have taken a leading role in the fight to solve the climate crisis.  With the survival of all nations and communities at stake, young people, as responsible global citizens, are responding to the climate challenge from grassroots levels to the highest political platforms in order to change the world’s course towards disaster. The following or organizations committed to helping young men and women improve themselves in various (salutary) ways.

Youth Conservation Corps Oregon
The Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) is a program within the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. OYCC receives Amusement Device Tax funding from the Oregon Lottery and distributes those funds through grants to programs throughout the state. To find a program in your area, see the Current Program section.


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