About Us

The Clackamas County Youth Action Board (YAB) was founded in December 2019 to assist Clackamas County Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) in bringing youth voice to the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The YAB continues to operate and is now dedicated to supporting the County and local organizations in empowering young people and supporting youth voice and choice.

Our Vision

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The Clackamas County Youth Action Board (YAB) aims to empower young people to practice self-advocacy, exercise their rights, utilize community resources, and to bring relevant youth issues and their effects to the public eye through outreach, engagement, and education. The YAB strives to lower barriers, improve accessibility, and encourages youth-serving agencies to implement equitable practices to accommodate diverse abilities and experiences.

Our Mission

 

The Clackamas County Youth Action Board envisions a community where youth from all backgrounds are empowered to take action and easily access appropriate and timely support services in order to set themselves up for a successful future as independent young adults. We envision a community where youth voice is heard, rights are respected, needs are met, and experiences are validated. We believe everyone has a right to achieve their goals regardless of ability, identity, or circumstances.

The Clackamas County Youth Action Board envisions a community where youth from all backgrounds are empowered to take action and easily access appropriate and timely support services in order to set themselves up for a successful future as independent young adults. We envision a community where youth voice is heard, rights are respected, needs are met, and experiences are validated. We believe everyone has a right to achieve their goals regardless of ability, identity, or circumstances.The Clackamas County Youth Action Board envisions a community where youth from all backgrounds are empowered to take action and easily access appropriate and timely support services in order to set themselves up for a successful future as independent young adults. We envision a community where youth voice is heard, rights are respected, needs are met, and experiences are validated. We believe everyone has a right to achieve their goals regardless of ability, identity, or circumstances.

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Everyone has a right to achieve their goals regardless of ability, identity, or circumstances.

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Values

Independence/Advocacy

Safety/Haven

Collaboration/Structure

Equity/Inclusivity

Transparency/Authenticity

Understanding/Supportive

Dignity/Respect

Effort/Focused

Agreements

Respect identities & experiences

Respect confidentiality

Be supportive

Practice self-care

Respect boundaries

Use “I” statements

Ask questions

Take space, make space

Trauma Informed Action

Share the story, not the novel

Avoid the gory details

Make your boundaries known

Make a commitment to continue learning about how to make each other more comfortable

Identify another person on the YAB to help advocate for you

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