June 15-June 29, 2014
This program is for returning Or Tzedek participants. Building on experiences from their first summer with us, participants spend a week interning with one of our grassroots partner organizations.
This program allows for a deeper exploration of, and involvement with social justice issues, campaign and community organizing, as well as to forge a more profound connection to Jewish identity and community.
Participants experience how one organization functions, the challenges they face, and how they battle for justice and equality. They also meet with grassroots organizations and young people who are active leaders in their communities.
Advanced Activism 2013 Internships
This year's Advanced Activism participants had the opportunity to be a part of the incredible work of these three organizations:
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
Or Tzedek interns at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) could not have chosen a more exciting or important time to work for immigrant rights in Chicago. The focus of their internship was advocating for immigration reform: the teens participated in a phone bank, created a video, and attended a rally in front of the Chicago Office of the Republican Party to support Immigration Reform. It was an invigorating experience, especially when, mid-rally, the rally attendees were informed that the senate had voted in favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Growing Home: At Growing Home, our interns learned how agriculture and community gardens can play a key role in community development. These gardens not only provide delicious, healthy food to the neighborhood, but also create local jobs and vocational training. Additionally, the Advanced Activism participants helped harvest many of Growing Home’s organic vegetables and engaged the community in a local food stand where they broke Growing Home sales records and sold more food than ever before!
Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants: At the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI), our interns created a video for the immigration justice coalition, using their technological talents to tell the story of ICDI. They interviewed key members of the organization to create a powerful video that will be placed on the ICDI website to help spread their message. Furthermore, the interns continued to work on this project past the end of the session, coming in on their own time (and initiative) to showcase the work that ICDI does.
Read more about Advanced Activism 2013!
Learn more about participants' experiences in Advanced Activism: