Become A Bridge Builders CHANGE Fellow

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

Requirements For Bridge Builders CHANGE Youth Organizers:

  • Will be in 8th-12th grade in 2020-2021 school year.
  • Have completed 1 full year of Bridge Builders COLLABORATE and plan to attend a Bridge Builders Summer Conference in summer 2020.
  • Will attend an overnight Leadership Institute on August 3, 2020 – August 7, 2020.
  • Will work diligently at BRIDGES for a minimum of 6 hours per week (3 hours on Tuesday or Thursday and 3 hours every Saturday from Aug. 2020 – May 2021)
  • 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.

What Makes A Good Applicant?

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

Questions? Email Bridge Builders CHANGE Specialist Flannery Harper /call 901-260-3795 or Bridge Builders CHANGEManager Mahal Burr /call 901-260-3788


Current School attending in Fall 2019:

BRIDGES recognizes that youth have diverse identities, and we are committed to creating a safe space where everyone can work. Please tell us what your gender pronouns are. (He/him/his, She/her/hers, They/them, etc.)

Are you a current COLLABORATE or former Bridge Builder? For Fellows: If you have not been a Bridge Builder, then you must first apply to Bridge Builders COLLABORATE. Our CHANGE Fellowship opportunities are for youth who have already completed a full year of youth leadership training with Bridge Builders COLLABORATE.

Please list any extracurricular activities you'll be a part of during the 2020-2021 school year.

This position requires that you attend an overnight leadership training from August 3rd through August 7th and that you work at the BRIDGES Center for 6 hours a week from August 2020 until April 2021. Bridge Builders CHANGE must be second only to school. Can you meet this commitment?

Please BE SURE to read over the goals and mission of your cohort of choice.
Memphis Youth Union (MemYU)
Our goal is to increase youth voice and participation in the political process by designing a sustainable, replicable platform for youth voice to be heard. This year we are creating a youth council for the Shelby County Mayor’s office.

Memphis Against Sexual Harassment & Assault (MASHA)
We are working to create a shift in the response and attitude towards sexual violence within our community and equip students with tools to combat sexual harassment and assault.

Education and Youth Justice (EDJ)
We are organizing and mobilize youth activists across Memphis to stop the school to prison pipeline. This year, we are developing a website that will be a one-stop shop to ensure that all youth have access to opportunities and resources.

Gender and Sexuality (GAS)
GAS has a campaign to identify and promote Brave, Safe & Educated (BSE) spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in Memphis. Our goal is to make all youth spaces in the community safe and welcoming for LGBTQ+ youth.

Please select the cohort(s) you are interested in.

Describe why you interested in this cohort(s).

What are your strengths, and what experiences do you have that would support this work?

What skills do you hope to develop through this Fellowship?

Anything else we should know about you?

I understand that completing this application does not guarantee selection for the Bridge Builders CHANGE. I attest that the information presented here is true and accurate.

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