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Changeist
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At Changeist, you will work on a diverse team to learn to design, implement and improve spaces for youth to learn and practice changemaking skills. Your role will be to recruit diverse youth and volunteers and help them find agency in some of the most challenging issues that we face today. You will do this by creating thoughtful, culturally responsive workshops and experiences to enhance learning. At the end of the program year, the youth you lead will feel more equipped and empowered to take on issues most important to them.

15 slots available. U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents between 17-26 years old are eligible. Must have a GED or high school diploma. Must be able to begin on 8/19/19.

Service Activities

Recruit middle, high or college-aged youth for a 6-10 month learning experience with high energy presentations.

Nurture and cultivate relationships with schools and community-based partners to help youth access social justice practitioners and leaders.

Design curriculum and learning experiences (field trips) for participants to build community and learn about complex social justice issues.

Coach a small learning community of participants in civic reflection, enhancing their learning and experience.

Creating new programs that take place outside of Saturdays for alumni to further develop their leadership skills or learn about a new career pathway (e.g. last year we created a program called “Storyist” which is helping youth tell stories with photography and film) .

Analyze formative data to improve the quality of program week to week.

Lead special projects that will build on the current work of the organization.

Community Need Addressed

Today, we are facing many issues in the world: racism, climate change, failing education systems. Over time there has been one group of people who have taken on the status quo and shifted these big issues... young people! Young people are our risk takers and big thinkers. They are the courageous better halves of society, yet are often overlooked and not given the opportunities they seek out. We seek to fill this gap by providing youth with opportunities to collectively engage in sociopolitical changemaking.

Position Outcomes

Program participants will develop increased sociopolitical empowerment and social capital.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Skills you will gain

Youth work, curriculum development and/or experiential learning curation, organizational relationship management, project management, recruitment, volunteer management

Competencies You Will Develop
Communication
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Tools
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 8

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