Gresham's Youth Advisory Council organizes Step Up, Speak Up youth summit

March 14, 2019

Local high school students will convene to discuss mental health and sexual harassment in schools at the 2nd annual Gresham Youth Summit. Organized and led by the City of Gresham’s Youth Advisory Council, the “Step Up, Speak Up,” event will be held March 20, from 12:30-4:00 p.m. at Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway.

“I fully anticipate this year’s Youth Summit will inspire, energize and enlighten after what is sure to be a lively and thoughtful discussion,” said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. “Our Youth Advisory Council is one of the most active and diverse group of students in the entire state, and their feedback and perspective is invaluable to my colleagues and I as we continue to work towards ensuring Gresham is a vibrant community for our children and families.”

The Youth Advisory Council is a group of high school students from throughout Gresham that meet bi-monthly to learn about and advise on City operations and projects, participate in service projects in the community, and work to bridge and create an overall understanding between local youth and the City.

n 2018, Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis convened the first Gresham Youth Summit to discuss school safety, technology and bullying. He is chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Youth Involvement Task Force. Mayor Bemis and other City Councilors will be in attendance.