People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and policy work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.
Young People For (YP4) is a progressive leadership development program focused on identifying, engaging, and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders. YP4 is dedicated to identifying young campus and community leaders, engaging them, and supporting them with the skills and resources they need to create change. Together, People For Foundation and YP4 are building a long-term network of emerging leaders committed to protecting our nation's fundamental rights and freedoms.
YP4 has three overarching priorities: 1) to diversify leadership in the progressive movement; 2) to support young leaders to effect change in their communities now; and 3) to ensure that young leaders are sustained in their activism over the long term. The core of YP4 is our one-year fellowship program for progressive college students, which supports and empowers them to create progressive change on their campuses and in their communities. The 2013-2014 fellowship class is comprised of 150 fellows from 120 campuses in 33 states and is the next generation of YP4's growing network of over 1300 alumni across the nation.
This position is located in Washington, DC and reports to the Fellowship Program Manager.
- Identify the critical progressive issues facing young people and develop related resources including issue guides, fact sheets, talking points, case studies, etc.
- Work to identify opportunities to successfully engage YP4 and PFAWF communities on issues that are important to the YP4 community (e.g. money in elections, education access for immigrants, comprehensive violence reduction, voter empowerment, etc.)
- Coordinate with the broader People For the American Way Foundation work and the work of its affiliate People For the American Way, as permitted, in their policy activities and to effectively utilize YP4’s networks in the organizations’ greater advocacy goals.
- Provide research and curriculum support to YP4 team to help prepare materials, manuals, curriculum, and handouts for all Regional Trainings, mentorship program, and the annual National Summit
- Stay up-to-date on all priority campaign issues, keep information current on the YP4 website and blog, and keep the YP4 staff and Fellows aware of key events and opportunities affecting those issues, key pieces of legislation, and case studies of student activism
- Coordinate strategies to keep alumni and fellows engaged with YP4 issues and campaigns, with each other, and with the broader progressive movement.
- Assist with external outreach to YP4 network and broader progressive movement through newsletters, social networking websites, and one-on-one contact
- Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of communications and media strategy to promote YP4 fellows and their work on the ground
- Administrate YP4’s member database
- Other responsibilities as assigned
- 1-3 years’ experience with grassroots, political, student or youth organizing and/or leadership development.
- College degree required
- Familiarity with the progressive community and legislative process
- Experience with communications, social media, and web-based communications as a tool for network and program growth.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience through various mediums, including email, conference calls, public speaking engagements and in-person coalition meetings
- Familiarity with MSOffice applications; experience with online communities and interest in web-based tools.
- Ability to synthesize complex information.
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well-organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
- Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team.
- Ability and willingness to show creativity and initiative to seek out new approaches and contacts.
- Flexibility, resourcefulness, reliability and tenacity for handling multiple issues and meeting frequent deadlines.
- Interest in developing professional skills and open to feedback
- Ability and willingness to work additional hours and travel when needed.
- Commitment to the values of Young People For and People For the American Way Foundation.
People For the American Way Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer