Young Leaders in Action


Young Leaders in Action is a youth-directed program that brings together approximately 20 high school students from across the greater Portland area who are interested in learning about all things international while building important leadership skills.

Throughout the year, participants will also work in groups to help design, plan, and facilitate WorldOregon's annual Youth Forum, in the Spring. The goal of the program is to develop a network of young leaders in our community with a strong awareness and understanding of global issues, and to build young leaders' capacity to take action through service, advocacy, and intercultural understanding. In doing so, the Young Leaders in Action program supports WorldOregon's mission to broaden understanding of international affairs and engage Oregonians with the world. 

Participants meet twice per month from June-April to take part in : 

  • Workshops on global issues shaping our world like climate change, gender equality, international conflict, and more.
  • Leadership training on the skills needed to take action in the community including project planning. teamwork, public speaking, conflict resolution, and more. 
  • community service/volunteering activities with a local and international impact.
  • Team-based collaboration on a project related to the global-local theme of the Youth Forum.
  • Networking with local youth and adult leaders and international visitors form around the world. 


Read more about YLA Impact on the Portland community! 


Check out our 2019-2020 Young Leaders in Action!

To learn more about Young Leaders in Action and get involved with our programming, please contact:


Young Leaders in Action Coordinator, Deb Delman | (503) 306-5244



Who should apply? 

Students in the greater Portland area who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2019-2020 school year and who have an interest in international affairs. No prior knowledge is necessary. 

What are the commitments? 

Participants should commit to attending one meeting per month from July-April. Meetings are on Sundays from 1 pm-4 pm at the WorldOregon office (1207 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205). Participants are also expected to attend at least three "Service Saturday" volunteer activities-- locations and times will vary. Participants are also expected to attend WorldOregon's Youth Forum and work with a group to plan and execute a project related to the Youth Forum's topic.  Regular email communication with program leader and other group members is also expected. 

How are applicants selected?

Applicants are evaluated based on interest (not experience!) in and enthusiasm for international issues and cultures, passion for taking action to serve the global and local community, commitment to working with staff and other participants in the ways outlined above, ability to bring a unique perspective and voice to the group.

Are there any costs to participate?

There is no cost for this program. WorldOregon can also provide transportation passes to attend meetings and service events.


For more information, contact:

Youth Leadership Coordinator, Deb Delman, (503) 306-5244


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