The BPS Youth Planning Program, along with the Midland Teen Council, held a Portland Plan Ice Cream Party at the Midland Library in late June. Fifty youth turned out to engage in conversation about the Portland Plan and enjoy some ice cream.
This event was a reward to the Midland Teen Council, who took part in the Portland Plan Youth Bomb survey collection contest, along with five Portland area library teen councils. The Midland Teen Council collected 321 surveys. Youth Planners Sumitra Chhetri, Mustafa Farah, Morgan Polk, Jared Freiermuth and Khalid Osman gave the Portland Plan overview, facilitated small group discussions on housing and transportation, and introduced the Portland Plan game.
Participants raised the following key concerns during the small group discussions: transit on 122nd Avenue; affordable housing; sense of security; and community gathering spaces. While playing the Portland Plan game, a few notable remarks were overheard:
“We need improvements so we can live up to 70 years old.” (Comment related to the Portland Plan Action Direction – Protect Portlanders from exposure to toxics and pollutants.)
• “Cultivate streets as places, because streets are dangerous.”
• “Reinforce police to keep things like tagging in the community and robbery away.”
• “Want everything accessibility [sic] within 20-minutes in my neighborhood, which would make things convenient.”
• “More swimming pools and somewhere to go hiking.”
• “More grass, more trees and less pollution.”
“The ice cream summit was a fun way for youth to express concerns about city policies,” concluded Youth Planner Sumitra Chhetri.
See the related story about the Youth Planning program elsewhere in this issue.