Youth Programs

WorkshopsKnow Your City produces project-based workshops that get youth out of classrooms to interact with civic leaders and inquire how the city of Portland works. KYC youth programs are designed for students to make site visits and conduct interviews while working with staff to produce media such as zines, video or artwork that communicate what they’ve learned.

Employing modules in the STEAM education model, our programs are designed to provide multidisciplinary educational experiences that connect students with their community. We believe there is power in experiential education and a collaborative approach to programming. By working with accomplished artists, our programs empower youth to learn about their communities, while producing works that speak to their understanding of place.

Our youth programs include:

  • Jade Journal – a community newspaper for SE 82nd Ave produced by students at Harrison Park School
  • Civil Rights Comics Class – a comics workshop as part of a curriculum to teach local African American history at SW Charter School
  • De-Gentrifying Portland – a media program for local African American youth to address gentrification through video
  • Dreamers – a youth video program about displacement and personal change with the “I Have A Dream” Foundation
  • Oregon History Comics – a local history-based comics workshop at da Vinci Middle School

We are actively looking to expand our youth programs by build working relationships with teachers. Our youth program are custom designed to meet the needs of the students. For more information on education initiatives, and designing a program for your classroom, e-mail:

Youth programs are made possible, in part, by individual members and donors. For more information on supporting Know Your City, click here.