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ELEVATING YOUTH VOICES TO REDESIGN MIDDLE SCHOOL

        CALLING ALL YOUTH LEADERS!

        WE NEED YOU, YOUR VOICE,                      AND YOUR LEADERSHIP!

  • Join a group of youth leaders to redesign schools so they really work and meet the needs of youth leaders like you in our community!

  • If selected, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences, ideas, and story by working side by side with the Bridgemakers Youth Executive Team!

  • Rolling Application Deadline: Sunday, June 12th by 11:59PM

 

OUR YOUTH LEADERS

De’Jiohn “D.J.” Brooks, 23

Jose Perez, 22

D.J. was first arrested and jailed at 16. He found his passion for mentoring youth as a teen athletic coach for the Sanneh Foundation. D.J. is Executive Director and young men’s group leader at the St. Paul nonprofit World Youth Connect, a leader with the Council for Black Male Success and one of four Bridgemakers Social Impact Fellows.

Jose has firsthand experience with the juvenile justice system. Jose is also a proud graduate of the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul and is prime example of the impact of students having access to non-traditional school models. Jose is the youngest appointed official to the City of St. Paul City Council (Reparations Legislative Advisory Committee) and is a youth executive and board member for Bridgemakers. 

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Jose Perez
Jose Perez
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WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Youth Leaders (ages 11-14)

  • A willingness to share personal story 

  • A willingness to share ideas and work with others

  • Interested in making schools serve the needs of youth 

  • Ready to make community change

  • Experience with and/or involved with juvenile justice system (preferred, not required)

BENEFITS:

  • $300 Stipend (+Bonus)

  • 1:1 and Ongoing Mentorship

  • All-Expense Paid Youth Retreat

  • Leadership Development

  • Support with Academic, Career, and Personal Goals

MANDATORY IN-PERSON DATES:

  • ​Overnight Youth Retreat: Saturday, June 18th to Sunday, June 19th

  • Youth Voice Middle School Redesign Summit #1: Thursday, June 23rd

  • Youth Voice Middle School Redesign Summit #2: Thursday, August 11th 

  • Public Town Hall: Tuesday, September 27th

 

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

Register below, or click the "register" button to go to the form!