Did you see these numbers?

Yesterday, we stood with Governor Brown and Secretary of State Atkins as they unveiled the numbers and data information about Oregon Motor Voter. 4,348 people were registered in just six days.


Did you see all this incredible coverage!?!

We have a lot to celebrate in Oregon– but the biggest Bus victory is a big one!








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We could expand voter access and we need your help… today.


Help us make a difference by contacting your legislator today and asking them to vote YES on SB1586!

In Oregon, we modernized our voting system to allow for online voter registration, vote by mail, passed Oregon Motor Voter, and when there are limitations to the ballot, it’s been our motto to find solutions.

As one of the leading nonprofits working to register, education, engage and mobilize young voters, we are working to find real solutions to barriers that continue to restrict access to the ballot. This short session, we CAN pass a bill that has real and sensible solutions to an urgent problem.
This year, millennials will out number baby boomers as the largest eligible voting block. But, young people are excluded from the voting process because of the requirement of postages stamps. We need to do more to ensure all young, eligible voters have access to the polls. By passing, SB1586– we can limit barriers, provide drop box locations on and near campuses, and provide equal footing. Nothing is more Oregonian than the spirit to pioneer our voting system.
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Historic Day in Oregon! Oregon Motor Voter is a go!

It’s a historic day in Oregon, and for our country, as we take the first step towards updating our voter registration system making our democracy more streamlined and convenient for eligible Oregonians. Oregon Motor Voter ushers our state into the most modern system our country has!




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We are hiring!


We’re looking for a committed, resourceful individual who believes in the power of young people to create change and is passionate about mobilizing young people to register to vote, participate in elections, and tackle the most pressing issues facing our generation (i.e., economic justice, climate justice, criminal justice, housing justice). The Program Organizer is a core member of our team, and will be leading the largest component of our 2016 young voter registration and turnout program as well as our Youth Agenda work. Our ideal candidate takes initiative, is highly organized, builds relationships easily, and has experience working with diverse and underrepresented communities. You’d be a good fit if you’ve got the energy to register voters while rollerskating, the determination to hit ambitious goals, and the commitment to supporting young leaders in learning to do this work and have a positive outlook, personality and contagious personality. You, yes, you should throw your hat in the ring if you’re excited by this challenge and ready to work hard. This position offers tremendous opportunities for leadership, innovation, and professional development on a very supportive team that takes the work seriously, but not ourselves.

About us: ​We’re an innovative nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people to move Oregon forward through civic engagement, leadership development and advocacy work. We register and turn out thousands of young voters every year by working on issues like election justice, economic justice and climate justice, and housing justice all while training hundreds of young leaders to create change.

❖ Lead the execution of large-scale, volunteer-driven voter registration drives and turnout programs targeting young voters in Oregon (including all aspects of voter registration, phone banks, canvasses, voter guide distribution, etc)

❖ Help, support, and work in close partnership with the Leadership Development Coordinator to meet the goals of the Bus, in particular supporting the leadership of all aspects of our leadership program (including goal-setting, recruitment, management and plugging volunteers into leadership opportunities)

❖ Maintain a regular presence at private college campuses, community events and festivals

❖ Manage a small team of temporary organizers and organizing fellows to assist with the execution of a large-scale voter registration and turnout program in summer/fall 2016

❖ Flexibility to manage small tasks such as data entry, financial management, voter registration entry, taking voter registration cards to the secretary of states and willingness to help staff with small projects

❖ Lead all grassroots lobbying activities in Salem, and engage interns and volunteers in Oregon’s legislative session

❖ Manage National Voter Registration Day and Trick or Vote

❖ Manage and overseeing Brewhahas and Education Forums and Political Fun Type events

❖ Draft email correspondence, blog posts, Facebook posts, Twitter and Instagram

❖ Work with coalition partners to collaborate on programs and campaigns as needed

❖ Deep ​commitment to the Bus Project mission and to advancing the organization’s goals and objectives

❖ Strong enthusiasm for voter registration, voter turnout, and election access

❖ Highly organized (seriously), takes initiative to lead and make improvements, and able to work efficiently and effectively under tight deadlines

❖ Passion for tackling the issues facing our generation, especially economic justice and racial justice

❖ Ability to build relationships easily, especially with young people, and commitment to developing young leaders

❖ Attending Monthly Board meetings, while helping assist a variety of Board of Directors Committees

❖ Enthusiasm for, experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities

❖ A high energy personality and enthusiasm for engaging thousands of young voters face-to-face

❖ Demonstrated success in thoroughly managing multiple projects with many moving parts to produce great results

❖ Relentlessness in reaching goals

❖ Work style that is flexible, respectful and collaborative, and will maintain a supportive, empowering work culture

❖ Positive, solutions-oriented attitude & enthusiasm for designing and implementing new initiatives

❖ Willingness to work nontraditional hours on a regular basis & campaign hours during election season

❖ Preferred, but not required:

❖ Fluency in Spanish, some experience working with voter registration or campaigns

❖ Understanding of VAN or willingness to get trained and learn VAN and NGP

❖ Please note: we care more about your ability to get the job done than whether you have formal or informal experience. We encourage you to submit your application if this job excites you! Position details: This is a full-time position based out of Portland’s office reporting to the Executive Director. We provides a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage (with 100% of the premium covered by the employer), paid sick and vacation time, and lots of pizza during election times. Salary range is $28,000 to $33,000, commensurate with experience.

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Oregon Bus Foundation and Bus Project are equal opportunity employers. We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and members of the LGBTQ community to apply. Deadline: January 25th.

To apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references (preferably all as one PDF attachment) to the attention of Nikki Fisher at info@busproject.org. In your cover letter, please describe why you want to do this job and where you learned about it. Your references should be people we can contact about you (preferably your former employers/managers), and you should include name, title, phone, and email address for each person.

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Accepting Applications for 2016 Spring Internship!

Apply today to intern with the Bus Project!

ABOUT US: The Oregon Bus Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to build a more accessible democracy that more accurately reflects and engages the millennial generation. Our goal is to bring young people into the political process through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy. The Bus Project has registered, educated, and turned out tens of thousands of young voters. The Bus Project has also passed forward-thinking policies that make elections more accessible and make tangible change on issues that impact young people. We’re working to change our state for the better, and we need you to make that happen.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Our spring program is focused on training young people to be effective and inclusive community leaders and organizers through weekly classroom sessions and on-the-ground fieldwork. Interns lead and participate in weekly classroom sessions designed to give them skills and tools necessary to make positive change in their community. We pair the classroom trainings with serious fieldwork so that interns can make a tangible impact on their community by utilizing the skills they learn in the classroom.

Gain valuable leadership skills through a mix of classroom sessions and hands-on fieldwork. Participate in local and state-level grassroots campaigns. Organize to help Oregon raise the minimum wage, recruit and train volunteers to advocate for issues like minimum wage, environmental justice, and housing accessibility. Build a strong community of friends and allies that you will work with in the future. Explore your strengths and weaknesses as a leader. Grow personally and intentionally through intentional feedback from your supervisor and fellow interns, classroom trainings, and self-reflection.

TO APPLY: access the application by clicking here! The program starts the week of January 25th, so hurry on over! PS, we’re looking for enthusiastic, passionate people– no experience necessary! Get in touch with Amy@busproject.org with questions.

We welcome applications from all and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

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The 1, 2 3s of NVRD.

We had a lot of fun on Tuesday. There’s so many stories to share, but for now, let’s stick to the numbers:

This past Tuesday, in celebration of National Voter Registration Day, the Bus Project registered 1,230 Oregonians to vote.

742 of the Oregonians we registered on NVRD are currently high school students. Next year will be the first time these young adults will be eligible to vote, and last week, the Bus Project made sure that their first eligible ballot is going to show up at their mailbox.

Students at 23 high schools and private colleges worked with their faculty, staff and professors to register voters on campuses.

Over 141 people helped the Bus Project celebrate our big holiday. In addition to dozens of voter registration drives undertaken at community centers and schools across the state, volunteers ran our afterparty, sent out posters, fed our social media, and are now conducting data entry to finalize our results. KGW and The Oregonian ran stories on Camille and Ophelia’s work at Cleveland High School.

The Bus Project orchestrated voter registration drives in 12 communities. We had volunteers registering voters in Aloha, Beaverton, Cedar Mill, Corvallis, Eugene, Forest Grove, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Tualatin and Salem, and all throughout Portland.

We celebrated National Voter Registration Day with seven elected officials, all of whom registered voters in their own neighborhoods. Big thanks to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, State Senators Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Diane Rosenbaum and Richard Devlin, and State Representatives Val Hoyle and Ken Helm; our volunteers loved seeing elected officials committed to voter enfranchisement and civic engagement.

Attendees to our afterparty ate 120 slices of pizza. Tremendous thanks to our food donors, the Community Cycling Center for hosting us, our rockin’ friends New Zoos, and to VoteBot for bringing the dance party.

And finally, one final number for you:

Ten bucks a month is all it takes to become a Bus Driver. Please consider supporting our 501c(3) nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to empower young people to get involved and engaged in local and statewide politics and build political power for the next generation of Oregonians.

We need you to become a Bus Member today so we can make next year’s National Voter Registration Day even bigger. We can’t do this work without you; please consider donating today.

Thanks for helping us Celebrate NVRD!

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Today‘s the Day! The Bus Project is joining over 2,000 organizations around the country who are heeding President Barack Obama’s call to celebrate National Voter Registration Day.

Here’s how we’re celebrating:


Today, Bus volunteers are running voter registration drives at Aloha, Beaverton, Catlin Gabel, Cleveland, Corvallis, Crescent Valley, De La Salle North Catholic, Grant, International School of Beaverton, Jesuit,  Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Lincoln, Oregon Episcopal School, Southridge, St. Mary’s, Sunset, Valley Catholic, Westview, and Wilson High Schools, with special help from dedicated, inspiring high school interns through our partnership with the Junior States of America.


Bus volunteers are also running voter registration drives at Concordia University, University of Portland, Lewis and Clark, Pacific University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Warner Pacific, working with student governments, rad professors, Politicorps Alumni and volunteers brave enough to wear the Vote Bot costume and walk around with a clipboard on their own campus.


Community partners in Beaverton, Corvallis, Eugene, Portland, Milwaukie, Salem and Tualatin are running voter registration drives through partnerships with organizations including the Oregon Food Bank, Disability Rights Oregon, League of Women Voters, the Rosewood Initiative, Rose CDC, Washington County and Milwaukie Public Libraries, Portland Parks and Recreation’s Dishman and East Portland Community Centers, Outside In, New Avenues for Youth, the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center, Go By Bike, Oregon Environmental Council, Human Solutions, and many more.


Numerous elected officials will be registering voters in their neighborhood libraries, high schools and community centers with Bus Project volunteers. They’re joining passionate, engaged young leaders across the state who volunteered their time to help ensure every eligible Oregonian is going to get a ballot next year. Today wouldn’t happen without the spectacular work of interns and volunteers like Lucia, Inna, Claire, Reuben, Grace, Sydney, Ernesto, Kyla, Marley, Pablo, Autumn, Tyler, Karolina, Maia and so many more. The Bus Project was founded in 2001; many volunteers who made today happen aren’t much older than the Bus itself.


Can’t make it to volunteer with us today? You should still swing by our afterparty. We’ll be rocking out at Community Cycling Center’s Warehouse in Northeast Portland starting at seven a clock tonight. We’ll listen to Portland band New Zoos, take your photo at our photobooth, and give you a chance to high five VoteBot as we eagerly tally the day’s results to see how many cards we registered across the state.

Our afterparty starts at 7pm at the Community Cycling Center Warehouse at 1805 NE 2nd Avenue, next to the new Sizzle Pie. Car parking graciously provided by the Well Community Church across the street; the venue is on TriMet Bus lines 4, 44, 16, 72, and the A and B Streetcar Loops.

Big shoutouts to our generous hosts (Thanks, CCC!) and food donors including Voodoo Doughnut, Einstein Bagels, Southland Whiskey Kitchen, Hot Lips Soda, Lagunitas Brewing, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Good Neighbor Pizzeria, Flying Pie Pizzeria, Mississippi Pizza, and Por Que No.


It takes an awful lot of partners to build a movement to empower young Oregonians to become the next generation of voters and community leaders. Civic engagement is not a spectator sport. If you’d like to help, consider donating to the Bus Project Foundation.

See you tonight at the afterparty. It’s a great time to be on the Bus.

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Officially accepting applications for Fall PolitiCorps!

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The Bus Project is expanding its summer political organizing and leadership development fellowship, PolitiCorps, to the fall and we are officially accepting applications! If you are between the ages of 19-25 and want to make a difference in the wild world of politics, then we want to hear from you!

Each year we work to give young people the skills they need to run campaigns, nonprofit organizations, and succeed in the political world. Through PolitiCorps, fellows will get the experience of working on issue campaigns through a series of field work and guest speakers. In the past we have worked on issues such as affordable housing, ban the box, climate change, minimum wage, and more.

The fellowship runs from October 8th to December 11th in beautiful Portland, Oregon and interns are required to work 8-10 hours each week. For more information and how to apply, visit politicorps.org or email Amy Kessler, our Leadership Development Coordinator, at amy@busproject.org. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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September Update: Bustin’ a move on the Bus.

After a wildly successful legislative session this spring and bringing on our new Executive Director this summer, The Bus Project is steamrollin’ through autumn. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately, and how you can get involved. 

The Bus Project’s 2015 PolitiCorps program was a smashing success. 12 young leaders graduated from our prestigious leadership development program this August. They collected 3,100+ signatures for Raise the Wage, Renew Oregon, Oregon Climate and the Welcome Home Coalition, registered 1,118 Oregonians to vote, and made 1,500+ phone calls for campaigns including our Fresh Start Oregon initiative. Seven fellows are back in college finishing their degrees and three have already started jobs working with campaigns across the state.

We’re currently accepting applications for our fall PolitiCorps fellowship. Contact Amy, our Leadership Development Coordinator, for more information.

We’ve packed hearings across the state in support of New Motor Voter. From Redmond to Portland to Pendleton, The Bus Project and our wonderful coalition partners filled the room with passionate support and testimony for our landmark bill to expand voter enfranchisement. The final rule-making hearing for New Motor Voter is in Eugene onSeptember 24; hope to see you there.

It’s coming up! Did you know that President Barack Obama asked the country to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 22ndWe’re still looking for volunteers to join us at the high schools, private colleges, and comunity centers across the state joining us in celebrating voter enfrancisement by registering Oregonians to vote. We’ll be joined by a handful of Commissioners, State Representatives, Senators, and dozens of Bus volunteers. Don’t forget to swing by our NVRD AFTERPARTY beginning at 7pm at the Community Cycling Center’s Warehouse at 1805 NE 2nd Avenue. Special thanks to our partners and sponsors including Lagunitas Brewing, Hot Lips Pizza, Voodoo Doughnuts, the Community Cycling Center, the musical talents of New Zoos, and our amazing volunteers helping orchestrate this event. Come join us!

We also found time to join Instagram. Follow us (IG: oregonbusproject) for some photos of rabble-rousin’ and hands-on democracy for the next generation of Oregonians.

It’s a great time to #getonthebus.

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We’re on instagram.(ig: oregonbusproject)

Just one more way for you to keep in touch with all of the happenings of the Bus Project. In the last two week, we’ve posted photos of our voter registration drives, our recent Brewhaha! on affordable housing, our visit to Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office, and the PolitiCorps visit to Radio Tierra in Hood River.

Follow for follow. 😉


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