with Elders in Action

Do you want to be more involved with your city, county and state government and community? CIVICS 101 is for you!

We invite you to participate in our 5-session training series to learn about the structure and operation of various levels of government, engage with elected officials, and advocate for causes you believe in.

In this series we will:

  • Learn the basic elements of our local political system

  • Have personal conversations with elected officials

  • Visit city and county offices and the Oregon State Capitol

  • Become advocates for issues of concern to older adults


Session 1- Inside Gresham City Government

Wednesday, January 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

            Gresham City Hall (1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham)

  • Intro to City of Gresham and how city government works

  • Presentation/discussion with Mayor Shane Bemis

  • Tour of Gresham City Hall

Session 2- Inside Portland City Government

Friday, January 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

            Portland City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland)

  • Intro to City of Portland and how city government works

  • Presentation/discussion with Commissioner Amanda Fritz

  • Tour of Portland City Hall

Session 3- Inside Multnomah County Government

Wednesday, January 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

             Multnomah County Building (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland)

  • Intro to Multnomah County and how county government works

  • Presentation/discussion with County Commissioner Vega Pederson

  • Tour of County Building

Session 4- Inside Neighborhood Involvement

            Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 East Portland Neighborhood Office (1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland)

  • Intro to Gresham and Portland neighborhood programs

  • Presentation/discussion with City and neighborhood representatives

Session 5- Inside the Oregon State Government

           Wednesday, February 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

            Field Trip Oregon State Capitol

  • Intro to State government

  • Presentation/discussion with State Legislators

  • Tour of capital building- House, Senate, and Governor’s office

For more information and registration:
503-235-5474 or

Servicios de español:

Tiene interés en las políticas y su gobierno local? Esta clase es para usted! Le invitamos a nuestro curso de 5 sesiones, en los que aprendemos sobre el gobierno y las políticas en los niveles de la ciudad, el condado, y el estado. Participamos con oficiales políticos y abogamos por las causas en
las que creemos!

Contactar:  o 503-235-5474 para más información