Immigrant teen leadership & solidarity organizer
- Internship posted by Center to Support Immigrant Organizing
See description below
Hours per week
Interns would work 20 hours per week, from June 12 - August 22
89 South Street
Center to Support Immigrant Organizing
Lincoln Plaza, 89 South Street, Suite #203, Boston, MA 02111-2670
Phone: (617) 742-5165; Fax: (617) 478-0378; E-mail: CSIO@TSNE.org
Immigrant Teen Leadership & Solidarity
Center to Support Immigrant Organizing is an intermediary organization that supports immigrant individuals and organizations to develop grassroots leadership in the social change process. We are looking for an intern who wants to help lead a project working with immigrant high school youth in a leadership development and solidarity initiative.
Position: Youth organizer
The student would help coordinate efforts of a 30-member teen peer leader team with partners Margarita Muñiz Academy, a 2-way bi-lingual BPS high school, African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE), an African community group that organizes high school youth, and UMASS Boston Gastón Institute, the Latin American studies department of UMASS Boston. The goal of the program is to build the capacity of immigrant teens to take leadership in social change efforts. The intern support teens to facilitate participatory meetings, understand how to do a ‘root-cause’ analysis of social injustices, learn about different migration stories from each other, and learn about community-based social justice organizing in Boston. In the summer 2018 the youth will be continue to develop a participatory action research project which will be the foundation for an English Learner (EL) organizing initiative with Somali students in the Boston Public Schools. The intern will also help organize community exchanges among African, Latin American and Chinese teens and their community organizations.
Tasks and Responsibilities
- Planning and coordinating network and training activities for high school youth.
- Helping develop and continue English Learner (EL) participatory action research campaign with UMASS Boston Professor, partner groups and Somali students in the BPS.
- Supervising a group of 11 high school youth peer leaders, who will build their capacity to facilitate leadership trainings and relationship building activities and then lead them. This team will cut its teeth in work together to lead the EL advocacy campaign.
- Train the peer leadership team in facilitation skills and root cause analysis of social injustice. Support the members of the team to facilitate and take on other leadership roles in the activities.
- Support the development of the youth team members as they grow their work and relationships.
- Write or contribute to newsletters that describe the program and capture the youth’s growth and understanding of social change processes.
- Provide support to other areas of CSIO’s infrastructure given experience and interest, including website development, video documentation, grant writing and research, public relations, database development.
- Comfortable working with low-income youth from immigrant backgrounds, from diverse social and religious backgrounds.
- Passion for social justice.
- Effective communicator: good listener especially.
- Good time management skills.
- Punctual and strong attention to detail.
- Strongly preferred: bi-cultural in one of Boston’s newer immigrant populations. Bi-lingual a plus, particularly in Somali or Spanish.
For all CSIO positions, bi-cultural/bi-lingual students from Latino, Somali, Haitian, Brazilian or Chinese communities and students from African American communities are particularly desired, as most of our leadership development work is conducted with these communities.
Hours and compensation:
Interns would work 20 hours per week from June 12 – Aug 22. Internships can be work-study funded (CSIO is a 501(c)3 organization, work-study eligible). CSIO also hosts and supervises interns who are paid by their schools for work in non-profit organizations. If work-study or school-based compensation is not available, the position is unfunded, however an MBTA monthly T-pass will be provided for travel.
Students should call CSIO Co-Director Kevin Whalen at CSIO at 617-742-5165 or send an e-mail with a resume to email@example.com for more information and to schedule an interview. CSIO is located at 89 South Street, #203, Boston, MA 02111 (one block from South Station on the MBTA Red Line).
Internships can be work-study funded (CSIO is a 501(c)3 organization, work-study eligible). CSIO also hosts and supervises interns who are paid by their schools for work in non-profit organizations. If work-study or school-based compensation is not available, the position is unfunded, however an MBTA monthly T-pass will be provided for travel.
How To Apply
Please send cover letter via e-mail and attach your resume. Please include in the letter or the resume any languages besides English that you speak, and at what level of fluency.