Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is The Raven Corps?

The Raven Corps is a youth-powered, tax-exempt nonprofit organization in Portland, OR. We organize and support youth activists who promote environmental sustainability and compassion through a plant-based diet.

Q: What does your name mean?

We identify with ravens because they are incredibly bright, resourceful animals who live all around us, but they often go unnoticed and unappreciated - much the same way society sometimes treats young people. We appreciate youth as capable activists and help them hone their advocacy skills so they can carry messages of compassion into their communities (much the same way ravens and other birds have carried messages in all kinds of stories).

Q: Why do you advocate for a plant-based diet?

An overwhelming amount of the animal products that Americans consume is produced on factory farms. These are industrialized operations that pollute the environment, significantly contribute to climate change, exploit their workers, and unleash unspeakable cruelty upon animals. There is an also an ever-increasing body of scientific evidence that animal products, particularly in large quantities, cause a host of health issues. Given all of these considerations, advocating for a plant-based diet is an effective, practical way to help our natural world and everyone who lives here.

Q: Who are Ravens/What do Ravens do?

Ravens are activists, between 14 and 22 years old, who create, plan, and implement plant-based advocacy projects, called “Operations”, in their communities through support from The Corps.  

Q: How can I become a Raven?

If you’re between the ages of 14 and 22, please fill out an application, and we'll be in touch shortly! 

Q: I’m not 100% plant-based. Can I join?

Absolutely! If you're committed to advocating for plant-based foods, whether it's for environmental, animal protection, human health, or social justice reasons, we want you to join us. We believe in meeting people where they are, and everyone is welcome. 

Q: What does it mean for The Raven Corps to be “youth-driven”?

Our advocacy, content, and the majority of our resources are developed and conducted by Ravens, high school and college-age activists. Administratively, the organization is run by adults to ensure sustainability and long-term success since we aim to serve as many youth activists as possible both today and in the future.

Q: Why does an Operation start with a Raven’s story?

Everyone loves a good story, and everyone has one! Stories not only entertain us, they allow us to better understand one another, and we believe that connecting with others, regardless of our differences, is the first step towards making the world a kinder, more compassionate place.

 Q: Do you only have events in Portland?

For now, yes. But we’re lucky to live in a time when we can connect with young people all over the world! Follow us on social media, and if you have a story you would like to share or want to get involved, we’re just an email or message away. Get in touch with us at info@theravencorps.org, or message us @theravencorps.

 Q: Do you have employment or internship opportunities?

We do not have employment opportunities at the moment. If you’re interested in an internship, please contact Claire Howe at Claire@theravencorps.org

Q: How can I get involved if I’m an adult?

If you’re interested in supporting youth activism, we would love your help! Please fill out a volunteer application, and we’ll be in touch shortly.