Youth Organizing Fellowship

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Fri Feb 27 19:12:38 CST 2004


From:           	"Gregg Croteau - UTEC" <gregg at utec-lowell.org>


YOUTH ORGANIZING FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

General Function: The Youth Organizing Fellow will be responsible
for the overall development and implementation of the MAD (Making
A Difference) Organizing Project. He/she will supervise and
mentor a group of 8 young people, ages 15-20, with the goal of
creating a forum for youth-led systemic change that addresses the
root causes of social injustice, while at the same time
increasing young people’s belief that they can be effective
agents of social change. This is a very competitive fellowship
which will ultimately lead into a full-time paid position upon
completion of the 9-12 month fellowship. Fellows will receive
considerable training, as well as opportunities to visit other
established youth organizing programs (for best practices study)
throughout the country.

As part of this overall project, there will be several
short-term, winnable projects and one long-term organizing
movement planned during the course of the year. Unlike community
service or direct service projects, the group will focus on
learning approaches and organizing strategies that will help them
best develop campaigns aimed at the root causes of social
injustice. There will also be an emphasis on organizing around
health care issues identified by the youth in this project.

UTEC's mission to be a "by teens, for teens" safe-haven for youth
development and grassroots organizing. Located in downtown
Lowell, MA, UTEC provides a safe and multicultural place of
belonging emphasizing the holistic development of Lowell's young
people, ages 13-20, particularly those most often overlooked and
labeled as "at-risk." UTEC reaches out to these young people
through intensive street outreach, builds upon their unique
strengths within a youth development framework, and creates
opportunities to best support them in becoming organizers in
their community and leaders in their own personal lives.

Specific Responsibilities:

- Facilitate youth organizing trainings.
- Assist teen leaders to develop their own action plans to carry
out an organizing campaign. - Assist teen leaders in learning
various organizing strategies (petitions, rallies, etc.). - Work
with other UTEC staff to facilitate workshops on various
organizing tools (designing flyers, creating videos, and
designing web sites). - Mentor teen members and follow-up on
their personal development plans. - Build relationships and
exchanges with other established youth organizing programs. -
Compile all necessary reports. - Facilitate evaluation process in
partnership with teen leaders.

Qualifications:
Activist and organizing experience preferred; ability to
multi-task and adapt to changing environment; flexibility to work
hours as program needs change; BA preferred/equivalent community
experience accepted; bi-lingual/bi-cultural (Southeast Asian,
Latino/a) preferred; previous experience working with young
people; strong leadership & facilitation skills; ability to
provide own transportation; strong comfort level in approaching
teens in various different situations; ability to laugh at
oneself a must.

Compensation: Bi-weekly stipend provided ($12,000-$13,000
annual), as well as compensation to attend national youth
organizing trainings. More details can be provided upon emailing
resume and cover letter to gregg at utec-lowell.org. 

Application Procedure: It is preferred that all Fellow candidates
email resumes/cover letter to gregg at utec-lowell.org in addition
to mailing a copy to: Gregg Croteau, Executive Director, UTEC, 10
Kirk St., Lowell, MA, 01852.

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Gregg Croteau, LCSW, MSW
Executive Director
United Teen Equality Center,Inc.(UTEC)
10 Kirk St.
Lowell, MA 01852
Tel: 978.441.9949
Fax: 978.654.6727
Web Site: www.utec-lowell.org
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