Hours per week
1609 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
Opportunity: The Young Women's Project (YWP) is a dynamic, brave organization that develops leaders, takes on institutions, and builds youth power in DC. We are currently recruiting two summer interns to join our Health Education team. The ideal candidate is versatile, scrappy, tenacious, and committed to youth empowerment and reproductive justice. The internship offers an opportunity to build skills in training, research, and policy analysis and help organize a summer sexual health training institute for peer educators. We are a small, ambitious organization with a big agenda and limited resources. We all wear a lot of hats. Depending on funding, the position may transition into a permanent staff position.
Organizational Background: The Young Women's Project builds the leadership and power of young people so that they can transform DC institutions to expand rights and opportunities for DC youth. YWP programs guide youth through a process of personal transformation so they can become leaders in their peer groups, schools, families, and communities who are able to analyze problems, identify solutions, and advocate for change. YWP was founded in 1994 as organization by and for young women but now involves a growing number of young men. Thirty-five percent of the 300 young people we work with each year are young men. Young people work side-by-side adults on our Board of Directors, Staff, and volunteers. YWP has a full-time staff of 6 adults, 255 youth, and a budget of $850,000. Based in Washington, DC, YWP programs engage under-resourced youth of color, ages 14-24, with a focus on teen women, youth in foster care and other systems, and homeless youth.
Program: Since 1994, YWP has developed thousands of youth leaders and has worked in partnership with a number of DC agencies to develop policy and implement programs in sexual health education and services, foster care rights and opportunities, youth employment, and other issues. YWP’s program takes shape through two issue-focused campaigns: The Youth Poverty Program builds the power and leadership of system-identified and homeless youth – training them as leaders and advocates, who work to expand educational options, improve placement conditions, decrease youth poverty, and expand youth rights. The Peer Health and Sexuality Education Project (PHASE) works to improve DC teens’ reproductive health and reduce unplanned pregnancy by expanding comprehensive sexuality education, ensuring access to community and school based reproductive health care, and engaging youth as advocates. As part of PHASE, Teen LEAP (Linkages, LARCs, Education, And Prevention) is training and supporting a cadre of 44 youth educators – in wards 7,8, and 6 -- who will use one-to-one education, referrals, and social media to connect youth to medical homes, increase access to sexual health services including LARCs. Teen (ages 14-18) LEAP educators will collectively reach 8,000 peers with one-on-one sexual health education, refer more than 1,800 youth to school and community based clinics resulting in 336 LARC referrals, distribute 40,000 condoms, and reach 4,000 additional youth through social media. Youth educators will also assess clinic services and provide feedback and support to clinic staff. Young Adult LEAP educators (19-24) will engage young adults who are in or recently emancipated from foster care or rehabilitative systems, and young adults experiencing housing instability.
Position Summary: The Intern will work as part of a team including the Manager and Coordinator, and 15-20 youth staff to build and support PHASE and Teen LEAP. The intern will lead a group of youth who will create communications products, and train other peer educators. The intern will train youth, facilitate meetings, and do research. Our work is intense and rigorous and requires flexibility, versatility, willingness to take on significant responsibility, and a commitment to youth growth and leadership development. Candidates should be available from 6.11.18 through 8.10.18.
Salary/appointment: The stipend is $750 per month for 40 hours per week.
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
· Create and lead sessions and trainings to teen staff that build their leadership and campaign skills, work readiness, health, violence, and other issues;
· Oversee youth-led trainings, and provide feedback
· Help coordinate a multi-day reproductive health training institute for 50-75 DC teens
· Conduct research; assess health policy;
· Contribute to assessments and support of community based clinics for youth services
· Evaluate youth progress, collect and analyze program data
· Support and oversee youth staff;
· Help develop and edit youth products
· Provide support for PHASE as needed
· Solid reproductive health knowledge
· Solid research needs assessment, and data analysis skills;
· Experience working with youth and with communities of color;
· Experience as a trainer or teacher with the ability to design and deliver trainings to diverse groups;
· Strong problem-solving abilities and critical thinking skills;
· Solid written and verbal communication skills;
· Demonstrated commitment to social justice, youth empowerment, and anti-oppression work;
· Versatility and flexibility are essential
Interns are paid a stipend is $750 per month for 40 hours per week. Also, the internship offers a steep learning curve and tons of hands on experience with youth work, training, reproductive health policy, peer education, and working on the ground to advance youth rights.
How To Apply
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, 2 professional references – by email -- to Nadia Gold-Moritz at email@example.com. Please write Health Justice Training Intern in the subject heading. Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. The Young Women's Project is committed to affirmative action.