Applications are due no later than May 17th, 2013Applications are accepted via email, US mail or delivered in person.In addition to this form, you must also submit Recommendation form. An adult or peer from an organization, community group or academic institution, must complete this recommendation. (i.e. nonprofit, school, church, after-school program). Download all forms at http://www.projectsouth.org
For assistance or questions, call 404-622-0602 or email email@example.comSCCPI takes place at 9 Gammon Ave SE, Atlanta GA 30315
In its 6th year, The Septima Clark Community Power Institute (SCCPI) will provide youth ages 14-19 with the opportunity to develop as leaders, critical thinkers, and community organizers. The SCCPI is named after the great Movement leader from South Carolina, Septima Clark, and continues her legacy of leadership development and education for social justice. The SCCPI is designed for young people who are interested in making positive changes in their community and will teach the skills, thinking and history of community organizing, social movements, and the important role of the US South.
Each summer the SCCPI centers on a theme that relates to larger issues and opportunities within social justice movements. Over the last decade, the nation has witnessed the massive breakdown of the educational system as a whole. With the constant privatization of education, the closure of public schools, and the very intentional underinvestment of state dollars to educational institutions that mostly serve youth of color, disparity is at an all time high. Low-income households and children bear the brunt of the broken-down school systems.
Over the last two years, we have witnessed the incarceration of many teachers and administrators, many of whom served in the Atlanta Public Schools System. Though this particular situation may appear to have clear lines of right and wrong, or even seem to be isolated incidents, this scheme is a part of a larger attack on black youth, black families, and black teachers. Youth are not being afforded the opportunity to gain the necessary skills they need to survive outside of the constructs of schools and are literally being left behind, which is evident in their performances on standardized tests.
SCCPI fellows will participate in workshops, critical discussions, community outreach, research, outings, and other activities to develop leadership and organizing skills that will help them think critically about education and the world around them. The SCCPI combines learning and hands-on practice to develop youth leadership and youth-led organizing capacity.
The duration of the Institute is four weeks. All accepted applicants will receive a stipend based on their full participation in the program. Participants will meet a diverse group of youth, community organizers, educators, and activists and youth will have the opportunity to lead an organizing process towards youth power in Atlanta.
In July 2011, the participants attended the Free Minds Free People Conference in Providence, RI. They participated in a Youth-led assembly discussing the National Students Bill of Rights, which led to the birth of NSBR organizing. This year, the SCCPI participants will have the opportunity to attend another exciting Free Minds Free People conference in Chicago, IL on July 11th-14th.