Youth Share PDX

What is Youth Share PDX?

Youth Share PDX is an internship program for youth who want to gain real world job experience and need to recover academic credit to graduate from high school.





Who’s involved with Youth Share PDX?

Sabin Community Development, a community-based organization that serves Inner Northeast neighborhoods, is the lead agency of Youth Share PDX. Partners include the Rosemary Anderson High School, Black Parent Initiative, IRCO, and Nikki Brown Clown.

Why are we doing this?

Research shows that participation in out-of-school time programs can improve academic outcomes in addition to increasing self-esteem, self-efficacy, and life skills.

Additionally, meaningful service opportunities can improve youth’s connections to their communities and job skills. Sabin CDC and Youth Share PDX partners believe that by working together and focusing our efforts on the NE Community we can impact youth’s lives by giving them opportunities to recover academic credit and gain valuable job skills.

How will we measure progress?

Sabin CDC has proposed the following measurable outcomes:

Interns will –

  • Expand their cultural awareness
  • Increase their ability and interest in leading others
  • Increase their awareness of issues that impact the NE Portland community
  • Increase their ability to work with others to accomplish goals
  • Increase their ability to work with diverse individuals and groups
  • Experience more positive interactions with peers
  • Experience more positive interactions with adults
  • Increase knowledge of healthy food

Where does Youth Share PDX operate?

Youth Share PDX operates from Sabin CDC at 1488 NE Alberta Street in NE Portland.

When do interns meet?

Interns meet Tuesday-Thursday, from 2:45 pm – 5:45 pm. Other times are available by special arrangement.


What types of internships are available?

Land Steward Interns will –

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of garden ecology

Explain the effect of local gardens on the Columbia Slough Watershed

Describe the benefit of organically grown, local food in nutritional cooking

Connect the complexities of global food system networks to NE Portland


Community Outreach Interns will –

Engage younger children in culturally relevant literature

Collaborate with a group to design and execute projects and events

Be a mascot for children under the direction of Nikki Brown Clown

Develop tactics to engage



What types of projects will interns complete?

Land Steward Interns will –

Design and build pesticide-free green spaces to attract pollinators and increase access to social outdoor spaces for Sabin residents

Build a Home Garden pantry to provide Sabin residents with access to fresh vegetables year-round in collaboration with local urban farms

Build a naturescape playground



Community Outreach Interns will –

Create a mobile library and engage young children in culturally-relevant literature under the guidance of Nikki Brown Clown

Plan a summer block party to celebrate cultural heritage in NE Portland


Are the internships paid?

At this time, the internships are compensated with academic credit. Youth enrolled in IRCO’s WEX-Y Program may be eligible for stipends.

Why should I apply?

We believe youth have powerful voice that deserve to be heard and the strength to create the change we need in NE Portland. Youth Share PDX is a perfect way to apply your unique skills to promote economic and social stability, dismantle barriers, and improve community conditions.

How can I apply?

  • Visit
  • Click “Contact” at the top of the page
  • Click “Job Application” in the drop down window
  • Print out an application and fill it out
  • Scan the application and send it to Ellen Huffman:


More Questions? Contact:

Ellen Huffman

Education and Stewardship Coordinator

Address: 1488 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Text/Call: 503-805-6715