Become A Bridge Builders CHANGE Fellow

Starting in late July and ending in mid-May, CHANGE Fellows design, implement and evaluate a year-long community action project around the issues that affect youth in Memphis.

**Our CHANGE fellowship positions for the current school year have been filled, but you can still apply for next year!**

Requirements For Bridge Builders CHANGE Youth Organizers:

  • Will be in 9th-12th grade in 2018-2019 school year.
  • Will be at least 14 years old by Nov. 1, 2018 (Child Labor Laws requirement).
  • Have completed 1 full year of Bridge Builders COLLABORATE and plan to attend a Bridge Builders Summer Conference in summer 2018.
  • Will attend an overnight Leadership Institute in late July/early August, 2018.
  • Will work diligently at BRIDGES for a minimum of 7 hours per week (3 hours on Tuesday or Thursday and 4 hours every Saturday from Aug. 2018 – May 2019)
  • Be passionate and committed to youth-led community change on your issue.
  • Will make Bridge Builders CHANGE a priority, ahead of other extracurricular activities, second only to school.

Requirements for Bridge Builders CHANGE College Advisors:

  • Be a current college student
  • Will attend an overnight Leadership Institute in late July/early August, 2018.
  • Will work diligently at BRIDGES for a minimum of 7 hours per week (3 hours on Tuesday or Thursday and 4 hours every Saturday from Aug. 2018 – May 2019)
  • Be passionate and committed to youth-led community change on your issue.
  • Will make Bridge Builders CHANGE a priority, ahead of other extracurricular activities, second only to school.

The Benefits Of BB CHANGE For YOU:

  • Gain valuable in-depth leadership experience.
  • Be a part of a small team of other dedicated youth and BRIDGES staff.
  • Receive free training and travel related to Bridge Builders CHANGE.
  • Paid fellowship at the BRIDGES Center.
  • Develop valuable organization and research skills that will help you be successful in college and career.
  • HAVE SERIOUS FUN!

What Makes A Good Applicant:

  • Leadership Potential: Must be willing to try new things, work hard, learn a lot, and take healthy risks.
  • Active team member: Must work well with other youth and BRIDGES staff.
  • Responsible: Must be able to complete tasks in a timely manner and communicate clearly.
  • Reliable: Must show up on-time, every week, ready to work with the team.

Questions? Email Bridge Builders CHANGE coordinator Mahal Burr or call 901-260-3788.

Ready to apply for Bridge Builders CHANGE? Check out the descriptions of our five issue cohorts. You may apply for more than one. All applications will be read by the current CHANGE cohort members who will be selecting the next CHANGE cohort.

Memphis Youth Union (MemYU)
Our main goal is to increase youth voice in the city. This year we aim to implement a policy to lower the voting age for local elections to 16. No taxation without representation! If you are passionate about this issue, apply to be a MEMYU Youth Organizer or College Advisor for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Memphis Against Sexual Harassment and Assault (MASHA)
We seek to reduce sexual harassment and assault in Memphis by creating a school policy where all Shelby County students are trained in how to be a leader against sexual harassment. If you are passionate about this issue, apply to be a MASHA Youth Organizer or College Advisor for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Youth and Police Relations (YAPR)
Our goal is to decrease negative interactions between youth and local police officers. We strive to implement a training through the Memphis Police Department Academy to educate officers on how to interact with youth and increase overall understanding of youth development, culture, mannerisms, and relationships. If you’re passionate about this issue, apply to be a YPAR Youth Organizer or College Advisor for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Education Justice (EDJ)
We believe our education system needs to improve its support for youth. Our goal is to diminish the impact that the school-to-prison pipeline has on our students, and we aim to implement restorative justice policies and eliminate punitive suspension policies. If you’re passionate about this issue, apply to be an EDJ Youth Organizer or College Advisor for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Gender and Sexuality Equality
It’s important to elevate the voices of LGBTTQQIAAP* identifying youth. We currently have many goals in order to amplify those voices. We are working to reform the current bullying school policy to be more inclusive of gender and sexuality minority youth. If you’re passionate about this issue, apply to be a Gender and Sexuality Equality Youth Organizer or College Advisor for the 2018-2019 school year.