Who We Are

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.

Civic Scholar with Governor Kate Brown

Civic Scholars brings 10-20 students from 8 local 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, David Douglas High School, Milwaukie High School, and North Clackamas High Schools.

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 in partnership with AmeriCorp VISTA and by the generous support of the Collins FoundationComcast Internet Essentials, the Multnomah Bar Foundation, and the Carol and Velma Saling Foundation.

Want to get involved?

Are you a student? Click here to find out more. Applications for the 2017-2018 year are coming soon!

Are you a City Club Member? Looking to volunteer?  Find out more about our Civic Ambassador position! Applications for the 2017-2018 year are coming soon!

Still have questions?

For more information e-mail us at info@pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231.


Parkrose Scholars in a private Q&A with former Mayor Charlie Hales

Parkrose & NAYA students with Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Civic Scholars in the News - Portland Tribune: Portland City Club to Admit Select High School Students

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

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

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