Thriving communities of color urgently need a generation of young people who are informed and engaged in addressing the most critical issues facing their communities. The Greenlining Academy works to empower and develop the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders to advance racial and economic equity and create positive social change. We seek to develop a network of visionary leaders ready to work across racial and ethnic lines to address America’s most pressing problems and develop sustainable solutions rooted in equity and justice.
American communities face a serious leadership gap, which will likely worsen as baby boomers retire and leave a leadership deficit in communities and organizations. While people of color comprise almost 60 percent of California’s population, they are sorely underrepresented in leadership positions in government, business and the nonprofit world, and left without an adequate voice in crucial decisions. Young people of color have been hardest hit in the economic crisis, but with funding for jobs and educational opportunities drying up, there are few pipeline programs aimed at developing young leaders of color.
A Comprehensive Set of Development Programs for Young Leaders
- Casa Residency – Founded in 1970 by Chicano/Latino students, Casa is a multi-ethnic residential leadership program for students attending UC Berkeley, committed to fostering academic success and cross-racial understanding among participating students.
- Fellowship Program – The Fellowship program is a year-long, paid training program for young leaders who have completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees. Each fellow is assigned to a specific program area and develops expertise under the mentorship of the program director. An additional program launched in 2012 is placing six Health Equity Fellows within The California Endowment’s philanthropic programs to address community health disparities in California. Basic Qualification: Completed undergraduate degree by the program start date.
- Internship Program – The Internship program offers part-time paid positions to college and graduate students. Interns typically work between 10-20 hours per week on research-related projects. Undergraduates with work-study are encouraged to apply during the spring and fall semesters. Basic Qualifications: Student at a local Bay Area college and can commit to working 10-15 hours per week.
- IPO High School Summer Camp – The Investing Pays-Off (IPO) High School Summer Camp is a 10-day camp designed to engage high school-aged students on critical issues affecting low-income communities and communities of color while developing valuable skills in problem-solving, teamwork and critical thinking. Free for all participants. Basic Qualification: High school student entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall.
- Legal Academy – The Greenlining Legal Academy seeks to train law students to be skilled, ethical, and reform-minded professionals who scrutinize the quality of justice for low-income Americans and communities of color. Positions are available in both the Fellowship program and Summer Associate Program. Basic Qualification: 2L or 3L law student.
- Summer Associate Program – The Summer Associate program is an intensive, 10-week paid training program for young leaders who have completed at least their undergraduate degrees. Associates take on research and advocacy projects under the direction of a Greenlining staff member. Basic Qualification: Completed undergraduate degree by the program start date.