Summer Youth Institute 2018 - Summer Mentor Program Application(Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018)
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The Summer Youth Institute
The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation's Summer Youth Institute (SYI) is a nine-day experiential learning experience for Mississippi's rising high school sophomores and juniors. Approximately 28 young people are brought together at the University of Mississippi each summer to learn more about themselves, each other, and the complicated and rich history of their state. This program exposes students to life on a college campus, allows for intensive interpersonal and community work, and creates a safe space for students to learn valuable social and decision-making skills. SYI students learn skills necessary to be agents of change in their own lives, their communities, and the world at large. Those who serve as our counselors, or Mentors, for SYI are selected through our Summer Mentor Program.
The Summer Mentor Program
The Summer Mentor Program selects just 8-10 people each year to serve as Mentors for our Summer Youth Institute. Our Mentors are passionate about helping young people realize their incredible potential. They embody the qualities we look for in our student participants – highly motivated, patient, and energetic – and ask them to model appropriate and respectful behavior. This unique opportunity involves being a big sister/brother, confidante, role model and mentor while maintaining a very high level of professionalism.

Our mentors are recent college graduates, graduate students, and teachers (usually between 22 and 30 years old), have experience working with culturally and/or socio-economically diverse young people, and possess a solid knowledge base of U.S. racial history, civil rights and human rights history, and anti-oppression/anti-racist frameworks. Those who have served as Mentors come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We have had Mentors from Mississippi to South Africa, Columbia University to the University of Washington.

The dates for SYI 2018 are July 21-29. Mandatory mentor training will take place July 19-20, 2018 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. For applicants who are selected, room and board are provided as well as a $1350 stipend. However, mentors are responsible for their own transportation to and from SYI and any incidental costs.

This form is just the beginning of the application process. Applicants are not accepted by simply filling out this form. From the applications that we receive, approximately 25 applicants will be selected for telephone interviews during the first week of June 2018. Selected or not, all applicants will hear from Institute staff by early June 11th, 2018.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the history, cornerstones, and objectives of SYI at

What Makes A Mentor
Summer Youth Institute Mentors will:

- Demonstrate a solid understanding of U.S. racial history, civil rights and human rights history, and anti-oppression/anti-racist frameworks
- Work independently and effectively with staff, participants, parents, and community partners of diverse backgrounds and varying educational levels
- Possess effective presentation and communication skills and demonstrate the ability to initiate, implement and coordinate projects
- Show sensitivity to the needs of high school students.
- Employ strategic planning skills and collaborate with and motivate others
- Co-lead or co-facilitate workshop(s) according to her/his unique skill set

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