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Riverdale senior is political activist looking to improve education

Posted on Jan. 4, 2017

Gabe Abdellatif speaking during a Black Male Achievement Program event. A recent article in the Southwest Portland Post illustrates how Riverdale senior Gabe Abdellatif is working with elected officials and community organizations to address urgent concerns impacting young people in Portland.

As the youth liaison to Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, he’s tackling issues related to the recent national election and working to make TriMet youth passes available to all students in Portland.

As part of Portland’s Black Male Achievement Program, he helped the city’s Office of Equity and Human Rights spread awareness about the reform of Measure 11.

And as a member of the Multnomah Youth Commission, he’s working with other youth to push for a decrease in rates of chronic absenteeism in local schools.

He has also interned in the office of Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury.

Read the article now.