Every year, the Mississippi Street Fair raises funds for a local organization. This year, it’s BBYUP – the Boise Business Youth Unity Project, which aims to bring local businesses and youth together in a positive way. Noting that the revitalization of the Boise neighborhood has resulted in youth disenfranchisement and disconnect from their own community, BBYUP connects youth with employers in the neighborhood during the summer months.
Supported by Mississippi Ave businesses like Por Que No Taqueria, Gravy and the ReBuilding Center, BBYUP internships run for six weeks over the summer, giving young people access to money, on-the-job training and work experience. BBYUP was established six years ago in partnership with the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), a non-profit education management organization that also operates at Rosemary Anderson High School for at-risk youth.
Not only does this project benefit local teenagers and their families, it benefits the businesses they work for and the broader community, too!
The Mississippi Street Fair is Oregon’s largest street fair, and celebrates the diverse neighborhoods and businesses surrounding historic Mississippi Avenue. This year, we’ll have an amazing raffle full of gift certificates for Mississippi Avenue businesses – enter by purchasing raffle tickets at the beer gardens. Proceeds from the raffle go to BBYUP!