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 2017 are June 10-18. Mandatory mentor training will take place June 8-9, 2017 at the University of Mississippi. 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.
In addition to the Summer Youth Institute, we will be hosting our secondary program SYI 2.0 July 21-23, 2017. If you are interested in also working SYI 2.0, you will be able to indicate your preference later in this application. More information about SYI 2.0 may be found at http://winterinstitute.org/youthengagement/summer-youth-institute/syi-2-0/.
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 March 2017. Selected or not, all applicants will hear from Institute staff by early March 2017.
Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the history, cornerstones, and objectives of SYI at http://winterinstitute.org/youth-engagement/summer-youth-institute/.
- 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