What is The Raven Corps?
The Raven Corps is a youth-powered movement and a 501(c)3 nonprofit based out of Portland, OR, serving a growing community of young change-makers. We support, empower, and mobilize young anti-oppression activists (“Ravens”) who promote liberation, justice, and sustainbility through advocacy projects (“Operations”). Read more about our mission
How are you organizing during the pandemic?
In 2020, after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we launched “QuaranTEEN”, our virtual youth activist community center. It was meant to be a stopgap, but you know what? It’s one the raddest things we’ve ever done! It’s a super simple concept with a big impact. We use Discord to connect young activists from around the world, and Zoom to host all kinds of advocacy and community-building events. It’s a great place for young people who want a better world to take their activism online and meet some really cool, like-minded people while they’re at it. Join us online
Are you a vegan organization?
Yep, we’re a vegan org through and through! Our events serve vegan food, many of our guest activists are some of the coolest names in the animal liberation world, and we develop all programming through the lens of sustainability and anti-oppression, no matter what species you are.
I’m not vegan. Can I join?
HELL yes! While lots of the Ravens are vegan, we understand that our food system is complicated and presents a number of barriers to going totally plant-based. We’re big believers in meeting people where they are, and we welcome all.
What’s in a name? Why Ravens?
Ravens are incredibly bright and resourceful animals who live all around us, but they often go unnoticed and unappreciated—much in the same way that our society treats young people. In stories, Ravens are typically depicted as message carriers, much like the youth activists of The Raven Corps who bring messages of compassion and justice into their communities. TL;DR, Ravens are some smart, savvy, and super cool birds.
What does it mean for The Raven Corps to be “youth-led”?
Our organization is and always will be guided by the people in our community – activists between the ages of 15 and 22. Each online Corps (a community within our community) is organized and run by a Lead Raven who determines and guides their Corps’ focus and actions, and all advocacy Operations are created, planned, and implemented by us Ravens. Administratively, HQ is run by a few aging radicals to ensure that we can grow to serve as many young activists as possible, while always centering and amplifying our voices. Learn more about our leadership
How do the Ravens determine key areas of activism?
Our activism is always rooted in two core pillars (sustainability and anti-oppression), and in who we empower (animals, humanity, and our natural world). We strive to address all the issues that have grown out of oppressive systems, in addition to striking at the very roots of those structures.
How specifically do Ravens take action?
We take action through Operations (activism events, projects, and campaigns). Operations always look a lil different, but just a few examples include speaking events, protests, art projects, and community engagement. In the end, Ravens always decide for ourselves how we take action. See our latest Operations
Do I qualify to be a Raven?
Are you between the ages of 15 and 22? Ready to be an active part of a rad, inclusive, and open-minded community? If yes, wherever you’re at on Earth, you’re in. Welcome. 🙂 Head on over to join our movement
I’m not sure if I’m an activist, but I see a lot of problems in the world that I want to speak up about. What about me?
Welcome, friend, it sounds like you’ll fit right in with the Ravens. We don’t have all the answers either, and we understand that activism looks a little different for everyone. But what we do know is that we have the power to create change when we band together and support one another. See the power of activist community
I’m not sure if I’m ready to become a Raven. Are there other ways to get involved?
Definitely. You can start by following us on insta and signing up for our newsletter to keep up with what we’re doing and to find upcoming events. Ready to take the next step? Join our virtual youth activist community center. Join the Ravens today
Can I start a Raven Corps?
Yes! For Raven-aged folks (15 – 22), starting a new Corps or joining the leadership team for an existing Corps is a really fulfilling way to organize and mobilize around an issue you care about. And we’ll help you every step of the way. Get started by joining us
Do you have employment or internship opportunities?
We’re not hiring at the moment, though we always welcome volunteers and often have internship opportunities. Contact HQ for more info. Contact HQ
I’m over the age of 22. Can I get involved?
Please! Young people can’t go it alone, and we appreciate supporters and allies immensely around here! If you’re interested in helping out, please don’t hesitate to contact HQ to discuss current and on-going opportunities. Become an Ally
I’m under the age of 15. Can I get involved?
Yes! We host loads of events, and oftentimes welcome folks of all ages. Check out our events page or follow us on Insta to see what we’ve got coming up. And def join us when you turn 15!
Still have questions?
Get in touch with HQ! We love hearing from you. <3