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The four-hour event on Oct. 12 is geared toward high school and college students.

PMG PHOTO: MARK MILLER - A climate change rally on the Forest Grove campus of Pacific University drew a crowd of hundreds on Friday, Sept. 20.The League of Women Voters is teaming up with the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University, among other Forest Grove-area partners, to offer a free workshop on activism and advocacy.

Registration is open now for the workshop, which will be held next Saturday, Oct. 12, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants will hear from experienced community activists and discuss topics in small groups.

"Our community is full of young people who care deeply about the high-impact issues of our time, but who aren't sure how they can make a difference," said Josie Koehne, who is with the League of Women Voters.

Pacific University is a fitting venue for the workshop, which is geared toward high school and college students. Just last month, the university played host to the largest Climate Strike demonstration in Washington County, at which students and faculty members exhorted their peers to live sustainably and keep pushing for government action to address human-caused climate change.

"Our goal for this workshop is to provide participants with an effective path to empowerment," said Stephanie Stokamer, who directs the McCall Center.

Other partners in the event include the Forest Grove Committee for Community Involvement, an official city advisory board; the Pacific University Undergraduate Student Senate; and Adelante Mujeres, a Forest Grove-based nonprofit with a mission of educating and empowering Latina youth.

To register for the Oct. 12 workshop, fill out a brief questionnaire on the website.

Lunch is included with the event.


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