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.

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? Click on our cohort names below to learn more about the work of each, then follow the link to apply. 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 school year.

Youth Justice Reform (YJ)
Our goal is to reform the youth justice system in Tennessee, starting with a campaign to pass legislation ending the practice of solitary confinement for incarcerated and detained youth by April 2019. If you’re passionate about this issue, apply to be a YJ Youth Organizer or College Advisor for the 2018-19 school year.

Educational 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 2018-19 school year.

Gender and Sexuality (GAS)
We are working to recreate Memphis as a place where LGBTQ+ people–specifically youth–can be brave, feel safe, and get educated. Our goal this year is to implement more Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) in schools around Memphis and to create new brave, safe, and educated physical spaces in neighborhoods representative of the whole LGBTQ+ community. If you’re passionate about this issue, apply to be a GAS Youth Organizer or College Advisor for the 2018-19 school year.