API Freedom School-Youth Intern Opportunity

Click HERE for the application  or contact Mario or Josh for a printed copy.

About the API Freedom School

The Asian Pacific Islander Freedom School (APIFS) is seeking highly motivated youth for internship positions.

The APIFS is a groundbreaking effort by grassroots API organizations and activists to promote social justice through the learning of API history, art, culture and critical contemporary social issues using a broad-based anti-oppression approach. The APIFS is a week long summer program open to youth aged 14-18 years, with targeted outreach to underserved, immigrant, refugee, and low-income APIs. APIFS will build strong inter-community and -generational connections to grow the next generation of API community leaders, and expand the sustainability of larger social justice movement work.

Set to launch July 2011, the school will focus on experiential learning opportunities, interactive curriculum, and creative expression to develop a critical analysis of oppression, API people’s movements, and social issues. The API Freedom School also promotes peer learning, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities.

Internship Description

Internships will last until August 2011 beginning as early as November 1, 2010. Youth interns will be paid a stipend of $1000. In addition to attending the API Freedom School, interns are expected to contribute a minimum average of 6 hours per month. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a completed application form and two letters of recommendation. Applications will start to be reviewed on October 15, 2010. The positions will remain open until filled.


Responsibilities & Duties will include:

· Attend the API Freedom School July 2011

· Attend and participate in monthly steering committee meetings

· Assist with youth outreach and building relationships with community partners

· Act as peer mentors/leaders during the API Freedom School and related activities, and help coordinate peer-to-peer networking and peer mentorship

· Select an area of focus for an individual specialized project (for example, logo design, video documentation, blogging, etc.)

Other responsibilities & duties may include:

· Attend and participate in subcommittee meetings as assigned by the Project Coordinator. Attend trainings, such as facilitation, conflict resolution, or as determined by Project Coordinator

· Assist with curriculum development and document production

· Make community presentations about the API Freedom School at high schools, culture clubs, and other youth spaces

· Assist Project Coordinator with daily operations and administration including work planning, office productivity, logistics coordination, and maintaining/developing website, or as assigned

· Conduct discussion groups/writings circles with a group of peers


Desired qualifications include:

- Currently attending high school, GED, or technical program, or no older than 18 at time of application.

- Experience within the API community

- Ability to work both independently, sometimes with minimal supervision, as well as work within a diverse team of youth leaders, community members, and paid staff

- Ability to accomplish tasks in a timely manner, responsible and accountable, possess interpersonal and communication skills

- Willingness to share and learn

- Familiarity with computers and some office programs MS Office, website applications, media, art, or design experience a plus.

API Freedom School is an equal opportunity working environment and encourages all applicants meeting minimum qualifications to apply.

Application Instructions:

1. Fill out the Youth Internship Application (located at the bottom of the post). The form is a pdf form that you can fill out and email OR print out and fill in by hand. If the form doesn’t work, you can submit your answers in a regular word document.

2. Obtain two (2) references. One of these references must be from a teacher or a supervisor. Give (or email) your references the API Freedom School Recommendation Form. The person filling out the Recommendation Form should send it directly to the Hiring Committee.

3. Submit your application. The Internship Application has a submit button on the form which will automatically submit your application by email. You can also mail or drop off your application in person to:


c/o Seattle Young People’s Project

2820 E Cherry St

Seattle, WA 98122

4. Notification. We will notify you once your application is complete (when we have received a completed Internship Application and the 2 recommendations). Applications will only be considered when applications are complete.

5. Questions? Contact the hiring committee at apifreedomschool@gmail.com.

Click HERE for the application  or contact Mario or Josh for a printed copy.

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