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Little VIllage Environmental Justice Orgnization (LVEJO)Youth Organizer

Mission of LVEJO
"We work for justice at home and abroad, connecting our local struggle for democracy with the global one and live by the principle that as working and poor people globally, we have the right to control our lives and resources."

Job Purpose 
LVEJO is a multi-generational-led, environmental justice, community organizing program. LVEJOempowers youth leadership andcommunity to fight for environmental justice. Environmental justice provides a framework for young people to name and understand the systems of oppression in their surroundings, and to work for solutions to the problems that they experience on a daily basis. During the school year, LVEJO works with 2-3 public grammar and high schools to conduct in depth, student-led, community action projects.
 The Youth Organizer for LVEJO coordinates and oversees all aspects of the program with the other Organizers/Directors, including supervising youth organizers, developing work plans and budgets, and implementing the work campaign. 

Responsibilities (included but not limited to) 
  • Support Community Led Organizing Campaigns and Youth Action Projects: Support the participation, development, andleadership of Youth Organizers in youth-led organizing campaigns and in youth action projects.

  • Leadership Development: Assess training needs to develop and provide training for Youth Organizers. Maintain and implement Youth Organizer training curriculum. Provide additional leadership development opportunities through hands-on experience, including conducting environmental justice tours and workshops.

  • Supervision and Program Administration: Coordinate recruitment process for youth organizers. Create program work plans with youth organizers. Maintain personal development plans for each youth organizer and support personal development goals through mentoring,training, hand-on experience, and referrals to other resources. Facilitate program planning and draft work plans for Directors Approval.

  • Program/Organizational Planning: Participate and co-lead LVEJO Campaign team planning. Participate in LVEJO-wide strategic planning and other organizational development processes.


  • Minimum 3 years experience in organizing and youth development

  • Commitment to social and environmental justice and agreement with organizational mission and goals

  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 

  • Skilled facilitator and familiarity with popular education principles

  • Excellent organizational skills-- good attention to detail and well organized

  • Solid computer skills (knowledge of Microsoft Office, Internet, Social Media, and databases)

  • Team player, self-starter, quick learner, and ability to work in fast-paced environment

  • Flexibility to work some weeknights and weekends

  • Bilingual in English & Spanish

  • Full time

  • Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience. We are a friendly, team-oriented, and flexible work environment.                 
  • How To Apply?
  •  Email your Cover Letter, Resume and 3 References to
  •  Rolling Application until position is filled
     LVEJO is an equal opportunity employer.People of Color, Bi- & Multi-Lingual/Cultural, Youth, Women, LGBT People, are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Corporate Accountability International
    Campaign Organizing Internship
    Value [the] Meal Campaign
    Location: Chicago, IL                                         Duration: January to April
    Time Commitment: 10 hours per week        Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.
    For 38 years, Corporate Accountability International has successfully challenged corporations like Nestlé and General Electric to halt abusive practices that threaten human rights, public health, the environment and our democracy. We lead campaigns challenging life-threatening abuses in the food, water, tobacco, and fossil fuel industries. Our internships are a unique opportunity to gain valuable organizing and non-profit experience. This program is designed to mentor and cultivate students interested in social justice, strengthen their understanding of a fast-paced campaign organization, and prepare them with the skills and experience necessary to challenge corporate abuse.
    The Campaign: Our Value [the] Meal campaign works to challenge corporate abuse of our food, specifically focusing on McDonalds’ aggressive marketing to children in schools. We are facing an epidemic of diet-related disease, driven by a fast food industry that targets kids and gets them hooked on junk food while they’re young. Just one example of these marketing practices is McTeacher’s Nights, where McDonald’s enlists teachers to serve McDonald’s food to their students, creating an undeserved association between their junk food and education. In this campaign we are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to pass a policy eliminating junk food marketing from Chicago Public Schools.
    The Campaign Organizing Internship is a hands-on, skills-building internship, in which interns will play a critical role organizing projects and events. This will be coupled with training sessions on action planning, campaign research, media outreach, recruitment, and many other skills
    Major Responsibilities:
    - Outreach targeted local constituencies to get people involved in the campaign
    - Recruit activists by organizing and participating in campaign actions and events
    - Design and develop organizing materials
    - Provide administrative support to Campaign Organizer on short term campaign projects
    - Demonstrated commitment to human rights, the environment and public health
    - Desire to learn and develop campaign organizing skills
    - Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
    - Ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines
    To Apply: Please send an email with your full name, phone number, and resume to Please include a brief description of your interest in this campaign and any relevant experience. Contact Lilly Adams at the email above or at (206) 462-9238 with any questions.

    College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Public Policy Internship Submission


    Organization Profile/Position Overview

    The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has set ambitious goals to ensure that every child—in every school and every neighborhood—has access to a world-class learning experience from birth, resulting in graduation from high school college- and career-ready. When schools and families support each other, students of all backgrounds and various abilities achieve at higher levels.  The Office of Leadership and Learning creates opportunities for parents, schools, families, and communities to work together to create meaningful partnerships that ultimately lead to student achievement.  The goal of the Office of Leadership and Learning is to increase student achievement by engaging and empowering parents to become actively involved in their children’s education across all grade levels.

    Location: 2651 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612

    Intern Responsibilities and Learning Objectives

    ·Managing the Recruitment and Placement of 1,500 Judges for the 2016 LSC Election

    ·Developing and Managing a Training Calendar for LSC Election Judges

    ·Developing and Managing a Database to track LSC Election Judge Training Compliance

    ·Tracking the Recruitment of 6,000 Candidates for the 2016 Local School Council Election

    ·Responding to Inquiries from Candidates, Schools, Local School Councils and the Public Concerning Local School Council Election Rules and Procedures

    Internship Benefits

    ·Participate in internal/external meetings to gain knowledge of projects/initiatives

    ·Learn about CPS Continuous Improvement Work Plan; School Based Budgeting; and Principal Selection, Evaluation, and Retention

    ·Collaborate with professionals from local community based organizations, parents, and CPS employees

    ·On occasion, attend relevant program events with the opportunity to network


    ·3 days per week; Approximately 10-15 hours/week

    ·Recommendation letter(s) available at the end of the internship

    Intern Requirements

      Working toward a degree or minor in Public Policy preferred with a concentration in Urban Studies recommended

      Minimum 2 years general work experience required;

      Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.

      Willing to take direction and be flexible when needed

      Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines when needed and work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders

      Experience with basic Microsoft Office applications required.