Senior Fellowship Opportunities: Blueprint Reminder!
Ongoing financial and organizational support are available to those who have completed the yearlong fellowship and are still on campus for the continued development and expansion of existing Blueprints for Social Justice. YP4 will continue to support Blueprints that are intentional, sustainable and community-driven. Continuing fellows who wish to strengthen existing Blueprints or create succession plans for successful Blueprints are encouraged to apply for additional support and funding by March 28.
[ Contact Rachel Burrows to apply ]
The Capacity Building program
There are times in our lives when we need to take a step back and evaluate how we can be more effective in our roles as change agents. This year, YP4 will select up to 24 fellows who are at points of transition in their lives and could use additional support in creating a sustainable leadership role on their campuses, in their communities, and beyond. The Capacity Building Program provides direct, personalized leadership development support through six group professional development sessions, six individualized leadership coaching sessions, and the opportunity to either complete a Blueprint for Social Justice or receive a 10-week paid internship.
Twelve 2008 fellows will begin the spring Capacity Building program in March. We are now accepting applications for the summer sessions, which begin in July. Applications are due June 13. If you are in a transitional phase—whether you are transferring from a community college, graduating this year, or exploring your sustainable, long-term role in the progressive movement—we strongly encourage you to consider this program. Please contact Calvin Williams with any questions.
To learn more about the impact of the Capacity Building program, check out this interview with 2007 fellow Chris Brown.
[ Visit the application page ]
YP4 fellows named Truman Scholarship finalists
2007 fellows Lauren Finzer (Stanford University) and Richmond Blake (Davidson College) and 2008 fellows Billy Blaustein (Colorado College) and Caroline Johnson (American University) have been named Truman Scholarship finalists. Congratulations!
Dustin Cox is a 2007 fellow from the University of Arizona, where he will graduate in May. Dustin has worked closely with YP4, participating in the Front Line Leaders Academy and taking advantage of our internship program.
Dustin writes, “As a YP4 fellow, my blueprint was to put together a week-long, program intensive, collegiate level social justice and leadership conference called A-TOWN. We addressed issues ranging from racism, sexism, and homophobia to evaluating societal institutions that perpetuate discrimination and inequality. YP4 was absolutely integral in the funding, planning, and implementation of the conference, and even made it possible to have YP4 fellows from across the country attend A-TOWN in Arizona. The support and inspiration that YP4 gave me was invaluable, and A-TOWN would not have happened without the YP4 family! The conference was a tremendous success for the more than 70 participants, and the program is now being institutionalized at two major Arizona universities — the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.”
Dustin plans to work with local nonprofits and pursue a career in politics in the near future.
Senior fellow update: Alex Hill goes to South Africa
2007 fellow Alex Hill will be heading to South Africa from May through early August. He writes, “I’ll be working at the Vumundzuku Bya-Vana (VVOCF) HIV/AIDS orphan care center in Zonkizizwe, which is an isolated black township about 50km from Johannesburg. My main role as a intern will be to assist in the establishment of the new nonprofit to run the center, developing and training the center’s staff, including English instruction, and running after school curriculum for the children served by VVOCF.” As time allows, Alex hopes to travel around the country and visit Lesotho and his friend who is doing Peace Corps in Mozambique.
[ Watch a video about Alex’s YP4 Blueprint ]
Support the Equality Ride! NY State Networking Event
See Ari Gold, Planet Out’s Emerging New Artist of 2007, live in concert on April 16! SoulForce Q, Young People For, Gay.com and other partners will all be part of this recruitment event for the Equality Ride. The concert begins at 8pm at Touch Nightclub: 240 W 52nd St, New York, NY.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.soulforce.org/concert. Fellows interested in attending should contact Andrew Meade for free tickets.
YP4 at Take Back America
YP4 staff and internship program participants will convene at the Take Back America conference in Washington, D.C., in mid-March. YP4 Executive Director Iara Peng will introduce Norman Lear for Take Back America’s keynote address this year. Additionally, People For the American Way Foundation’s new president, Kathryn Kolbert, will appear on the panel “The Courts: Your Constitutional Rights in Jeopardy.”
This year’s youth panel, “Millennials Rising: Young Voters Revitalizing Democracy,” will feature Carmen Berkley (United States Student Association), Anthony Daniels (NEA Student Program), Anton Gunn (South Carolina Fair Share) and Heather Smith (Rock the Vote).
[ Watch the YouTube video ]
This month, the American Prospect highlights 2006 fellow Kevin Killer and the YP4 fellowship, hometown papers tout their YP4 fellows, and Young Elected Officials Network director Andrew Gillum is the featured keynote speaker at Florida A&M University’s Black History Month Convocation.
[ Read the news coverage ]
The Roosevelt Institution’s 2008 Essay Contest: Win $500 and get published
It’s no surprise that the college campus is an environment where students are challenged with new ideas and points of view on a daily basis, and that these educational encounters foster intellectual growth and self-reflection. There are those, however, who see these engagements as a dangerous form of indoctrination rather than as an educational opportunity. They’ve been successful in finding a platform to have their views heard. This is your chance to tell the real story of what goes on in the classroom and how it has affected your life.
For this contest, the Free Exchange on Campus coalition asks you to write a 1,000-word essay, or produce a three-minute video, telling about an experience when an on-campus activity particularly engaged you. The contest runs until March 14.
[ Learn more about the Student Voices Contest ]
There are well over 200 schools in the United States where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students are not welcome, enforced by policy or culture. You can be directly involved in transforming these discriminatory attitudes.
Since 2005, the Equality Ride has become a national forum for discourse about faith, sexuality, and gender. This fall, 25 young adults will visit schools in the South and create urgency for these conversations via their diverse, intelligent and youthful perspectives on equality. An Equality Rider is a young adult, age 18 to 28, who recognizes that we must work with religious attitudes if we are to reach reconciliation. A Rider may live anywhere, come from any ethnic background, and may or may not identify as a person of faith. We welcome applicants with varying physical or sensory abilities and those who are gender non-conforming or unaffiliated with an academic institution. If you bring a willingness to learn, to engage, and to create, apply to be an Equality Rider at www.equalityride.com.
Campus Camp Wellstone
Campus Camp Wellstone, a nonpartisan 1.5-day training program, covers the nuts and bolts of grassroots organizing, voter engagement, political advocacy and leadership development.
[ Learn more about Campus Camp Wellstone ]
[ See a schedule of trainings ]
Call for papers: Africa and health care
2007 fellow Alex Hill’s organization S.C.O.U.T. B.A.N.A.N.A., in conjunction with Michigan State University's African Studies Center and Office of International Development, invites you to submit a manuscript to Articulate: Undergraduate Scholarship Applied to International Development. The deadline for submissions is March 7.
[ Read the full call for papers on the YP4 Blog ]
Cornell special summer school session about labor
Cornell University will host a special summer school session from June 8–13 for undergraduate and graduate students interested in working in the labor movement. The session is co-sponsored by the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis; the final deadline is May 9.
[ Learn more ]
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, a grantmaking program of the Aspen Institute, offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times a year. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups. Through this program, the fund seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues relating to philanthropy, volunteerism, and nonprofit organizations. A fellowship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded, depending on the recipient's educational level, financial need, and time commitment. Deadline: March 15 (summer internship); July 15 (fall internship).
[ Learn more and apply ]
Jameelah Muhammad, a 2008 Oakland University fellow, discusses spreading awareness of the environmental justice movement, challenging the stereotype of the apathetic young person, and creating change that will last for generations.
Making MyYP4 Yours
Attention fellows past and present: If you haven’t checked out MyYP4 yet, your account is waiting for you! Signing in lets you contribute to the redesigned YP4 Blog, join groups to connect with other fellows who care about the same issues that you do, see other fellows’ Blueprints and contact each other.
If you don’t know your account info, use the ‘Forgot password?’ link and enter your most recent e-mail address. If you need help, contact Matt Johnson.
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Congratulations to the 30 YP4 fellows who took advantage of our internship program! More than 45 fellows expressed interest in the program and 30 were selected to take unpaid internships at progressive organizations across the country and in their community. As part of the program, participants will gather at the Take Back America Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 16–19.
[ Learn more ]
Sign up for the new Progressive Academy Online course
YP4’s newest online course, The New Democracy: Technology and Organizing for the Progressive Youth Movement, begins today. (Enrollment will be open until March 7.) This free six-week course, co-sponsored by Future 5000, is designed for people of all ages who are interested in grassroots organizing and learning how to utilize technology to effectively build progressive power.
[ Learn more and sign up ]
The Applied Research Center: Facing Race
The Applied Research Center (ARC) invites you to shape the upcoming Facing Race conference, an event dedicated to defining justice and making change, by taking a survey. The conference will be held in Oakland, Calif., from November 13–15. ARC is a public policy institute advancing racial justice through research, advocacy and journalism.
[ Take the survey ]
Young People For is offering full- and part-time internships in New York City. Join us!
College Hotlist is a social network exclusively for college students, by college students, that acts as an online interactive guide to everything that's happening on campus and off campus. Now part of an $8,000,000 government grant to create a Silicon Valley in New York City, College Hotlist is hiring a director of outreach to strategize and oversee their New York City launch in March. Shortly thereafter, the site will expand nationwide.
This is a unique opportunity to create a vision, develop a website, establish a local model of student organizing, and work with an inspired and talented young team to build upon the strategy as it launches at hundreds of colleges. The site is in the process of securing funding; compensation packages will change soon once funding is fully procured. For more information, contact Jesse Wolfson.
Families USA is hiring a program manager in their Minority Health Initiatives department.
Films That Change the World is hiring a director of outreach for their Purim to Passover Project. They are framing Purim as a holiday about risk-taking and will feature three films available for worldwide DVD screening parties — Trembling Before G-d/Trembling On the Road, Encounter Point and Hineini: Coming Out In A Jewish High School. All feature risk-takers who aim to transform the Jewish people, engaging GLBT and straight people, Jews and non-Jews and goal is to catalyze individual, familial, and Jewish communal engagement, action, and change.
Greenpeace, the world’s leading international environmental organization, is seeking passionate organizers who are ready to stop global warming. Greenpeace’s cutting-edge Project Hot Seat is leading the charge to convince Congress to take significant action to stop global warming. Global Warming Field Organizers will mobilize thousands of citizens to make global warming a key issue in the 2008 elections. The final application deadline is April 28.
Oberlin College is hiring a Latino/Latina community coordinator, an Asian/Pacific American community coordinator and an Africana community coordinator. Applications are due March 14.
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