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Teen Life Social Justice Fellowship

Do you want to fight to make the world a more just and inclusive place? Do you want a community of other teens who care about issues of social justice as deeply as you do? Do you want to learn from activist leaders in your community?

 

 Apply for the Teen Social Justice Fellowship to

learn about theories of change and how to put them into practice.

Open to 8th-12th graders.   

Apply here! Applications due December 23, 2020

 

    The Teen Social Justice Fellowship will meet once a month from January to June over Zoom. A small stipend of $75 will be awarded to teens who participate. If you are interested in learning how to create meaningful change in the world, connecting with a group of young people who care deeply about the same issues as you, and learning about the actions that are currently being taken in your community, consider applying. 

 Dates of Fellowship:

Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm on Zoom

1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8

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FAQs

Why Teen Social Justice Fellowship?

We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times that have only made society’s inequities and imbalances more clear and urgent. There is a long history of movements promoting social change and justice being led by young people. We want to support you, students grades 8-12th, to get trained up and learn tools and techniques to become a force for positive social change.

 

How much time will this take each month?

Each month, we will meet as a full group for ninety minutes on the second Thursday of the month. You should expect to complete occasional short reading/video assignments to prepare for discussions. Some months, we may also have 1:1 meetings between you and program leadership as well as you and your teammates. You should expect to spend no more than 5-10 hours outside of our full group meetings each month. 

 

Do I have to be Jewish to apply?

Nope! While we will learn how Jewish thought can inform our justice work and be learning within a Jewish framework in this fellowship, you are welcome to join regardless of your personal background or faith.  

 

How will the meetings take place?

Meetings will take place on Zoom. Pertinent information about meetings and time spent in between will be communicated via email.

 

What are we going to be learning?

The first four meetings of this fellowship will be spent learning about Jewish approaches to justice work, theories of activism, and about power and oppression. We will cover topics such as the Cycle of Organizing, Social Identity, the Four I’s of Oppression, and campaign strategy. The final two meetings will be applying what we’ve learned to a real-life campaign. The final meeting will be to reflect and celebrate.

 

What will the campaign we run look like?

The campaign will be connected to a local organization, supporting their work towards justice. We will partner with staff in the organization and follow their lead on how we can best plug in and apply our budding organizer skill set to their ongoing work.  This could look like fundraising for a campaign, phone banking to raise awareness about their work, or other direct action. CBI will provide seed money to help fund this work. 

 

What will I get from participating in the Fellowship?

By participating in this fellowship, you will gain experience and skills in social justice work, an opportunity to connect with a tight knit community of teens who care about creating change as much as you do, and connection with project leadership and local activists. 

You will also receive a stipend of $75, as well as a certificate of accomplishment upon completion, and access to a letter of recommendation future academic and professional endeavors.

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Youth Advisor Tessa Levenstein at teenlife@cbinorthampton.org

Sat, April 17 2021 5 Iyyar 5781