Civic Scholars

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Civic Scholar with Governor Kate Brown

Civic Scholars seeks to demystify leadership, advocacy, and government for youth from underserved schools. It invites students to a formal business environment, works with youth to develop advocacy skills, and builds confidence by arranging private Q&As with powerful and diverse community leaders. 

Parkrose High School Students with Mayor Charlie Hales

Civic Scholars brings 10-20 students from 6 Portland high schools to City Club Friday Forums. At each Friday Forum high school students ask questions at the microphone, are offered a private Q&A with the speaker, and sit with City Club members involved in education, business, and law.  

School year 2016-17, Civic Scholars is being offered at NAYA Early College Academy, Jefferson High School, Roosevelt High School, Madison High School, Parkrose High School, and David Douglas High School. We plan to expand to more high schools in Portland in coming years.

Students accepted into the Civic Scholars program become full-fledged and voting City Club members at no cost to them. The Civic Scholars program is made possible by the generous support of the Collins FoundationComcast Internet Essentials, and the Multnomah Bar Foundation. And in partnership with The Classroom Law Project, the SUN Community Schools and AmeriCorp VISTA

Want to get involved?

Are you a student? Find out more here:

Are you a City Club Member? Find out more here:

For more information e-mail Morgan Fleming at or call her at 503-228-7231 x703. 

Parkrose High School Civic Scholars in a private Q&A with Mayor Charlie Hales

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Civic Scholars in the News

Portland Tribune: Portland City Club to Admit Select High School Students

Relevant Links

City Club Report: Educating Citizens- A City Club report on improving civics education in Portland's high schools

Coaliton of Communities of Color: Unsettling Profiles

About AmeriCorps VISTA

“Getting a group of youth attending the Friday Forum is a great idea and will have real benefit for them and the club - start soon. The schools are interested in creating citizens and can and should help motivate, identify, and generally facilitate young citizens engaging in the City Club…let me know how I can help the Club with this work” -- David Lickey, Grant High School Teacher