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Institution: The UU Urban Ministry (UUUM) was founded 1826 when Rev. Joseph Tuckerman established a ministry-at-large with the dual focus of empowering Boston’s most underprivileged citizens and transforming the spiritual consciousness of its most privileged residents. The mission of the UUUM is to unite communities and transform individuals through education, service, and advocacy. The ministry engages communities and congregations in social action with programs that empower youth and adults to realize their full potential. Visit their website at uuum.org.
Location: Roxbury (Boston), Mass., USA
Volunteer Placement: This two-month internship will be based in the UUUM Roxbury office. Interns will work 25 hours per week assisting Roxbury Youth Program staff in leading the Summer Employment Program for 12–15 high school youth.
The Roxbury Youth Program (RYP) is a comprehensive program serving approximately 50 high school students during the academic year, providing a safe, enriching environment for young people during out-of-school hours. With the help of dedicated volunteers, RYP offers opportunities for youth to build self-esteem and improve their academic, interpersonal, and leadership skills, empowering them to be leaders in their families, schools, and communities.
RYP’s focus for the selected summer cohort in 2013 will be to examine health disparities in the communities of Roxbury, South End, Dorchester, and Mattapan, through variety of community outreach projects, such as community mapping, interviewing and surveying, attending workshops led by local community leaders, and hosting an end-of-the-summer community health fair. The interns will help with the planning and facilitation of workshops for the youths as well as assist with administrative tasks related to the employment program.
Timeframe: July and August 2013
Housing: Housing will be provided in the home of a local UU family or arranged by UUSCJ, at no cost to the intern.
Supervision and Support: The director of the Roxbury Youth Program will supervise, support, and train the intern. This support will take place on-site at the UUUM in Roxbury.
Costs and Stipend: Housing is provided free of charge. UUCSJ provides a stipend of $1,200 ($150 per week) and a transportation card for the local public transportation. Interns are responsible for their own meals and for travel to and from the Boston area.
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