The YA-YA Network (Youth Activists-Youth Allies) is seeking highly motivated youth (ages 15-19) who are passionate about social justice for paid internships beginning January 30th and running through the summer. Our primary focus is on ending the School to Prison Pipeline. The YA-YA Network Internship program is designed to train youth organizers that will learn and master the skills needed to engage in campaign work, base building and become core organizers capable of building long term power in their communities. These internships will take place in 3 parts:
Part 1: 6 Week Training Session/The Basics ($300) from January 30th to March 9th including extended hours during mid-winter break Feb 20-24. This session will cover orientation, community building, intro anti-oppression, School to Prison Pipeline, Prison Industrial Complex, basic facilitation, event planning outreach, base building etc. As a final project, with staff support, interns will organize an event to put all their skills into practice.
After completing Part 1, interns will be eligible to apply for: Part 2: Dig Deeper/12 Week Internship ($2,000) March 14th – June 1st Specializing in either: Popular Education: Advanced training in facilitation and workshop development. Interns will be responsible for facilitating workshops at YA-YA ad out at other organizations to spread awareness and build the knowledge and skills of other youth who want to make change. Base building: Event planning, networking, outreach in-person, by phone, using social media, flyer development, using artivism, recruitment for YA-YA’s Summer Institute etc. Interns will be responsible for bringing youth together to build collective power.
Part 3: Summer Institute 9 weeks June 26th-August 24th Interns will use the skills they have developed to take leadership during our Summer Institute, which introduces new youth to activism and organizing and prepares them to take action.
We are looking for youth that are:
Passionate about social justice, committed to fighting for Human Rights and safe and inclusive spaces for all
Critical thinker about issues like poverty, equity and oppression
Demonstrates interest in learning more about the different issues of race, gender and sex, immigration, class, etc.
Committed to learning new things and sharing their experiences with others.
Self-motivated, Resilient, demonstrates ability to overcome obstacles
Able to work both independently and as part of a group and meet deadlines
Available 3 days a week after school, and during the Summer (if selected for Part 2 & 3 of internship)
Some experience in youth organizing, activism or leadership is recommended
The YA-YA Network is a safe space for all and highly encourage People of Color and those that identify as LGBTQ to apply
Because cannot save your responses we suggest that you write your short answer question and essay response in a word document before starting the application so that you can edit and then copy in to this form. You can find the short answer and essay question below. Internship Application Short Answer and Essay Questions: Short Answer: In 150 words or less, based on what you know about YA-YA and the internship, tell us why you are interested in the internship and what you hope to gain from the experience. Essay: Please write a brief essay of 500 words or less explaining a social justice issue that you care about and why you care about it. Why do you think this injustice exists? What would you do to fix this injustice?
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