Social Justice Youth Camp Application

Find your unique artistic voice—any medium, any message. If you’re passionate about a social issue such as civil and human rights, the environment, animal rights, LGBTQ, or anything else, you have a voice. If you enjoy music, painting, dancing, making videos, or any creative pursuit, you can use your voice for change.

The Social Justice Youth Program seeks to engage youth in the movement towards an inclusive civil society for all individuals. It is an opportunity for young adults with and without disabilities to learn how their art can be a meaningful tool for change.

This is a year-long program that kicks off with the Social Justice Youth Summer Camp, followed by monthly meet-ups (which may include a visit to City Hall or an art gallery, meeting with a social activist or presenting your art piece at an event).

The Summer Camp

Who: Individuals aged 14 to 25 years old, nine with disabilities and nine without

When: Friday August 4, 2017 10:00 AM – Sunday August 6, 2017 7:00 PM

Where: Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 and the surrounding Downtown Portland area

Mandatory Pre Camp Meeting: Tuesday August 1, 2017, 6:00 PM at NWDSA Resourcefulness Center -- 11611 NE Ainsworth Cir, Portland, OR 97220

Cost: $100 fee includes food, lodging and art supplies. Thanks to generous support from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows No 3, full and partial scholarships are available for those experiencing financial hardship. You will pay after your application has been reviewed.  

Meals will be provided. Most meals will be served on campus. However, we will be walking Downtown for lunch on Saturday.  

If you have dietary restrictions or any safety concerns, please explain in the “Accommodations” section of your application.

Lodging: We will be staying overnight in PSU’s dorms. There will be two individuals staying in each room. Room assignments will be made based off campers' gender identity and needs. If you have any concerns, please let Austin Nugent know.

This is a residential camp experience, requiring individuals to stay overnight at PSU for the duration of the weekend. Therefore, if an individual requires one on one support or needs additional supports around self-care, this will need to be prearranged. Campers are responsible for providing own support person. 

Involvement: The camp is designed to be interactive and accessible to all. Campers will be required to actively participate in workshops led by experienced social activists and artists. Activities will range from writing and drawing to movement and music. To ensure campers' engagement throughout the camp, accommodations and/or supports will be made according to each individual’s needs. In addition to attending workshops, youth will have opportunities to explore and enjoy some of PSU’s resources, including the recreation center.

We ask that parents not be present during the camp, as we want the youths to explore their own interests and build on their leadership skills. However, family and friends are invited to attend a reception at the end of camp where youth will share their projects from camp and make a commitment to supporting positive social change in their community. 

End of Camp Reception: Sunday, August 6, 2017 5:00 PM in the Ondine building located at Portland State University. Light refreshments will be provided. Youth will be picked up following the reception. 

Fill Out Online Application Form Below

  • Fill out every field carefully. If you are under 18, a parent must acknowledge and sign the form.
  • Space is limited. Filling out this form does not guarantee acceptance into camp.
  • If camp is full, you will go on a waiting list.
  • We will contact you shortly (3-5 days) after your submit your application to discuss. 
  • If you need accommodations in accessing and/or completing this application, or have any questions, please contact Austin Nugent at (503) 238-0522 or anugent@nwdsa.org

Social Justice Youth Program and Summer Camp is a project of NW Disability Support with the support of Portland State University, Northwest Down Syndrome Association, and the All Born (in) Movement.

Camper Information
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Camper Demographics
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Camper Needs & Accommodations
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Please describe any accommodations you require with regards to sensory, audio/video supports, mobility, safety, and anything else we need to know to provide you with the best support. If not applicable, enter "N/A".
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Include information about dietary restrictions and allergies (food-related, bee stings, etc) as well as specific instructions related to allergies. If not applicable, enter "N/A".
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Please describe your medical concerns/needs, such as specific instructions related to seizure disorders, medications you require, etc. If not applicable, enter "N/A".
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Camper Background
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What is your preferred learning style, and how do you best communicate (i.e. verbal, visual, etc)?
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Describe how you express yourself creatively. Are you a visual artist, musician, poet, etc? What are your artistic experiences?
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What interests, talents, and skills will you bring to the program?
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"Social Justice" is associated with equality, fairness, and rights of all people (among other things). Please describe your experiences with social justice, whether you have experienced it, fought for it, or even just thought about it. This is the place to tell us why social justice is important to you!
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Waiver / Release
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I/We hereby give consent to NW Disability Support to photograph our child/self to educate others about the programs and services offered by NW Disability Support. Possible uses include: illustration of articles in newsletters, in profiles that contributors receive, in brochures, to illustrate services discussed on the web site, in displays at community fairs, to publicize local programs, to make professional presentations, to conduct research on teaching techniques and equipment used at camp, and to publicize the program. In giving approval, I/we understand it is without consideration of compensation of any kind, and NW Disability Support is released from any claims or liability.
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I/we understand that in the event of a medical emergency, NW Disability Support will not make any medical decisions regarding myself/my child. I understand that NW Disability Support staff will contact the emergency contacts provided above before authorizing medical professionals to attend, transport, and treat myself/my child. I/we agree to assume financial responsibility for all expenses for such care.
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I/We recognize that NW Disability Support cannot accept responsibility for camper's personal property. To help eliminate losses, please tag name inside equipment, clothes or other personal items.
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Social Justice Youth Camp is a discrimination-free event. Harassment based upon an individual's sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated.
Electronic Signature
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By checking the "I Accept" box, you are signing this Registration Form electronically ("E-Signature"). You agree your E-Signature is the legal equivalent of your manual signature on this Registration Form, as if actually signed by you in writing.