Information for Sponsors

Our mission:

People under the age of 25 are twice as likely to be injured on the job than other workers. O[yes] works to educate its constituency of young workers, educators, employers, parents, and labor and trade associations through outreach, advocacy, and sharing of resources. We pool our expertise, leverage resources, and recognize the diversity and knowledge of our partners and the voice of young workers.

Key projects:

  • The Speak up. Work safe. video contest engages teens throughout Oregon in developing a safety message aimed at their peers. High school finalists attending a screening event and the top three entries are awarded cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, with matching amounts awarded to their school.
  • O[yes] and its members host a special “Student Day” at the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health (GOSH) Conference. Students receive safety training they can apply on the job and are matched with safety professionals to explore more than 100 safety exhibits.
  • Talking Safety is a dynamic curriculum designed to reach teens through their high school classrooms or other group setting. O[yes] members can train educators or others to deliver these key occupational safety and health messages for teens.
  • O[yes] members attend events throughout the state to reach teens, parents, educators, and employers with key safety and health messages. Some activities include the Women in Trades Conference, Northwest Ag Expo, GOSH, Northwest Youth Expo, and many regional safety conferences.

How sponsors can help:

O[yes] is a fully qualified nonprofit charitable organization and donations are recognized as tax deductible by the IRS. Because O[yes] operates as a coalition of member organizations, there are no salary or facility expenses. Funds are used only to support projects that benefit young workers.

Examples of how sponsorship donations are used:

  • Cash prizes ($500, $400, $300) are awarded for the first-, second-, and third-place winners of the high school video contest. In addition, the winner’s school receives a matching amount, and each finalist also receives a certificate and gift card.
  • Facility rental and refreshments for a public screening to announce winners and view the top finalist videos.
  • Purchase Facebook advertisements targeting Oregon teens to publicize the contest.
  • Reimbursements to school districts for bus transportation to the Student Day at GOSH.

Making an impact:

O[yes] members and sponsors are making a difference in protecting the lives of Oregon teens. The O[yes] website features information and resources for young workers, employers, parents, and educators. O[yes] leverages those resources through the collective strength of coalition members to reach teens across Oregon.

Highlights of O[yes] efforts since our founding in 2009:

  • More than 400 Oregon high school students have been involved in making video contest submissions. During the making of these videos, students learned and shared valuable lessons about speaking up and staying safe on the job.
  • Video submissions come from all geographic regions in Oregon and have been seen by thousands online via member sites, YouTube, blogs, and Oregon news media.
  • Winning videos are used as teaching tools during O[yes]-sponsored workshops and classes to middle and high school students and at O[yes] exhibits targeted for youth.
  • More than $10,000 in cash awards have been distributed to students, with matching awards to respective high schools through the video contest. Media coverage includes TV and newspaper coverage in Bend, Eugene, Springfield, La Grande, Portland, and Salem.
  • O[yes] members have collaborated to create resources specifically for young workers, their employers, or their parents.
  • Nearly 300 educators and safety professionals have been trained and equipped to deliver the Talking Safety curriculum.

Benefits to your organization:

The biggest benefit of sponsoring and participating with O[yes] is the role in preventing injuries and fatalities to Oregon teens. O[yes] strives to help young workers start their career path with a strong understanding of safe work practices and worker rights so they can remain injury free throughout their career.

Other specific benefits for sponsors are:

  • The name of your organization will be identified as a sponsor for the video contest and other events on press releases, the O[yes] website, and at the video contest finalist event.
  • Your donation may be tax deductible. O[yes] will gratefully acknowledge your donation and provide you with a charitable donation receipt.
  • Your organization will join O[yes] in supporting young people eager to share workplace safety messages with their peers.

Oregon Young Employee Safety

9435 SW Siletz Drive
Tualatin, Oregon  97062
FEIN 27-4939014

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