[2019 VietRISE] CYPHER Organizing School
Application EXTENDED: Monday May 27th at 9pm
Recommendations Due: Wednesday, May 29th at 9pm
Orientation (must attend 1 session): Mon. June 24
First Day of Program: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

For more information or to schedule a 1-1 meeting/call with the program coordinators, please contact Allison at allison@vietrise.org!

Where: Orange County, CA
When: Tuesday June 25, 2019 - Tuesday November 5, 2019
Who: Viet community members ages 17-24* (also open to non-Viet identifying folks)
What: 6-month paid internship program to develop interpersonal, organizing, civic engagement, campaign management skills, and more.

*Graduating high school seniors aged 17; prospective applicants older than 24 years may reach out to Allison for inquiries

Program Description
CYPHER: The cypher is a site of organic knowledge exchange. In Hip Hop, cyphers allow space for artists to collaborate and share. A cypher is also a key to write a code and to crack the cypher requires critical thought. The cypher is our center, where we hold space for each other and justice for our community. This is a space to honor, learn from, and build from past and present social justice movements.

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What: CYPHER (Countywide Young People for Healing, Equity, and Reclamation) Organizing School is a paid internship program that focuses on training young Vietnamese people* to become culturally empowered community organizers and grassroots campaign leaders in Orange County. CYPHER trainings will focus around the areas of: 1) leadership development 2) campaign management 3) community organizing and 4) civic engagement.
*This program is open to all community members, with a focus on Viet and Southeast Asian history and identity.

Participants in CYPHER will:

- Participate in and lead local and statewide campaigns
- Develop movement building and cross cultural organizing skills and frameworks
- Explore Vietnamese and Southeast Asian history and identities
- Learn how to organize in a multi-racial framework for cross-cultural solidarity alongside immigrant communities and communities of color
- Learn the history of social justice movements and organizing specific to Orange County
- Engage directly with the Viet community through voter registration, civic engagement and organizing

To strengthen the skills of coalition and cross-cultural movement building, the VietRISE CYPHER Organizing School is a joint organizing program in collaboration with the Korean Resource Center (KRC) and Resilience OC (ROC). All participants will meet with their respective cohorts two days a week, and as a joint cohort for an additional two days a week.

About VietRISE
VietRISE is a community-based organization dedicated to advancing social justice in the low-income and Viet immigrant community in Orange County through civic engagement, leadership development programs, and organizing.

To learn more about us, visit www.vietrise.org!
Instagram: @vietriseoc
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vietriseoc

Program Expectations and Logistics
* Interns are expected to attend all meetings and field events on time and prepared for the session's activities. Missing any date is highly discouraged.
* Interns will be paid hourly and are expected to work 24 hours/week.
* We will be learning and participating in various field activities, including but not limited to: voter registration, canvassing, phone banking, and more. Please note: some field activities will require walking for extended periods of time.
Application Details and Requirements
Applicants will be required to submit the following:

* This application with completed short responses to our questionnaire
* Resume
* 2 recommendations - 250 words (friends, family, mentors, supervisors, educators, etc.)

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