2020 Spring: Community Organizing Youth Leaders Internship

Apply now for the Spring 2020 Rogue Climate Community Organizing Youth Leaders Internship/Pasantía: Jóvenes Organizando en Nuestras Comunidades
For applications go to bit.ly/primavera2020intern or the Rogue Climate website. Deadline for applications is March 15th, 2020.

 

What is Community Organizing?
Empowering our communities with tools to make the changes we need in the places we live.


At Rogue Climate
our mission is to empower Southern Oregon communities most impacted by climate change, including low-income, rural, youth, and communities of color. We win climate justice by organizing for clean energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment for all.

We have played a lead community organizing role to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, like the proposed Jordan Cove LNG pipeline, and in empowering youth leaders with skills to make change. We are committed to working for climate solutions that result in a just transition to clean energy that benefits rural, low income and communities of color.


INTERNSHIP GOALS

  • Recruit and develop the next generation of climate leaders and community organizers, especially from communities most impacted by climate change. 
  • Help youth leaders develop organizing skills from environmental and social justice framework. This foundational understanding will provide students with context to participate in broader climate and social justice movements. 
  • Support emerging leaders in getting hands-on experience and hard-skills development through doing.
  • Expand capacity for Rogue Climate’s current campaigns, projects, and field work.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Interns will commit to participating in the 10 week program from April 3 through June 5, 2020
  • Interns will commit to working with Rogue Climate for a total of 4-8 hours a week. Organization hours will be flexible to accommodate school and work schedules!
  • Interns will work closely with one mentor from Rogue Climate in addition to a project workgroup. 
  • Breakdown of hours: 
    • 1+ hours a week should be spent working individually on a specific project developed in collaboration with your Rogue Climate mentor.
    • 2 hours a week will be spent developing campaign skills by participating in regular field organizing to include canvassing, outreach at community events, phone banking and group or workshop presentations.
    • 2 hours a week will be spent in a weekly Internship Class with other interns to learn more about organizing, strategic planning, and social justice.


POTENTIAL EXPERIENCES AND SKILLS-DEVELOPMENT FOR INTERNS

  • Do community outreach and train volunteers and leaders to be part of ongoing campaigns.
    • Skills: develop community organizing skills through canvassing, social media management, phone banking, recruitment, leadership development, and meeting facilitation.
  • Plan and execute action-oriented events and activities that draw in new supporters.
    • Skills: effectively recruit and retain people power, hone organizational and planning skills and refine data management skills.  
  • Engage leaders of local organizations and community groups to educate and activate their members on statewide climate policy.
    • Skills: networking, developing communications skills such as writing a public email, and developing campaign materials.
  • Connect our communities with elected local and state representatives to act on our behalf.
    • Skills: develop campaign skills such as lobbying and policy-tracking.


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Interns will meet once per week for Internship Workshops at a time to be decided upon by the participants by March 20th. The tentative workshop schedule is as follows:

 

WORKSHOP TOPICS

Week 1: Orientation: Intro to the Organizations. Get to know each other!

  • Rogue Climate work
    • Jordan Cove Energy Project 101 
    • Just Transition 
  • Climate Justice, Intersectionality and Allyship
  • Rogue Action Center work

Week 2: Community Organizing 101
Week 3: Building a Movement: field organizing skills and recruitment
Week 4: Power, Privilege and Oppression 
Week 5: Climate Change and Migration
Week 6: Interrupting Oppressive Moments in Our Communities
Week 7: Digital Organizing: strategic messaging and the power of social media
Week 8: Direct Action Organizing
Week 9: Building a Campaign: strategic planning, power analysis and backwards planning
Week 10: Wrap-up Celebration and Feast! 

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

People of color, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply. Stipends available.

If you are interested in applying, please submit your application by March 15, 2020. Application forms can be found HERE, and once you submit we will follow up to schedule an interview!

Please note that the capacity of the internship is 14 participants, accepted applicants will be informed by March 20, 2020. 

 

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