Innovative youth leadership development non-profit – Summer Search – looking to fill two positions in NYC

Lots of great job/internship opportunities coming through the pipeline. Here is one for an organization called Summer Search.

I am the founder of the NYC office of Summer Search, a transformative leadership development program for disadvantaged young people who strive to break cycles of persistent poverty, make the transition into productive adulthood, and become the positive role models that their communities so critically need. We’re currently looking to hire two positions in New York: a Program Associate and a Development and Operations Assistant. For detailed job descriptions, go here.

Summer Search employs an original youth leadership development model called “RAP” that selects and cultivates low-income high school students who show potential for resiliency in the face of significant adversity, who are altruistic in their aspirations and actions, and who are performing well in some area of their lives. We accomplish our mission through a combination of intensive, weekly mentoring that focuses on personal accountability and self-examination, access to two life-changing summer experiential education programs (like Outward Bound, NOLS and AFS), tailored college and financial aid advising services, and extended support services for alumni in college and beyond, including professional development and networking resources. We have seven offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia, in addition to New York.

Through collaborative partnerships with high schools, summer experiential education programs, colleges, and corporate employers, Summer Search provides students with the developmental tools to change their own lives and become leaders who are invested in helping others. This intervention has proved very successful: 93% of seniors have matriculated to college and those enrolled have a college graduation rate of 89%. By earning a college degree, these students are doing something only 21% of low-income young people nationally achieve and are literally ending the cycle of poverty and changing the future for their families and communities.

Summer Search is an amazing program that I’ve worked with for ten years (since graduating from Yale!) and I hope anyone interesting in truly changing the lives of disadvantaged, young New Yorkers will take a look at this great career opportunity.

Eden Werring, National Director of Strategic Partnerships
eden@summersearch.org

Revisiting RED Campaign- It Only Raised $11 Million Last Year

Remember my post titled “Corporations Exploiting The Concept Of Socially Responsible Business“?

Here’s the latest article on that topic, from Marketingvox, an online media blog. The article discusses how surprisingly little the entire campaign has raised.

With the goal of fighting AIDS in Africa, the Product RED charity effort from the Global Fund has reportedly raised $11.3 million in contributions in the year that it launched – a surprisingly low figure given the number of brands and exposure it yielded from a multi-channel blitz, and especially in comparison with the $6.6. billion that the Global Fund has committed to 460 programs in 136 countries

I still believe that socially responsible business models can work, but news like this doesn’t shed good light on the practice. It would be great if we could get some more detail into the numbers here.

EDIT: Here’s another widely disseminated article on the RED campaign:

“There is a broadening concern that business is taking on the patina of philanthropy and crowding out philanthropic activity and even substituting for it,” he said. “It benefits the for-profit partners much more than the charitable causes.”

*Summer Fellowship Program in Social Enterprise*

This sounds like an excellent opportunity for college students interested in social enterprise–

Students Will Make a Difference and Gain Critical Management Skills While Helping Boston-Based Non-Profit Organizations

BOSTON, MASS, February 23, 2007 – Experience, Inc., the leading provider of career services for college students and alumni, today announced a unique Summer Fellowship program that will provide college sophomores extensive management training and work experience with Boston-area non-profit organizations. Responding to the marked and growing interest in social enterprise, Experience is partnering with New Sector Alliance, a nonprofit strategy consulting firm in Boston, to create exciting opportunities for
students to build transferable skills while making a positive impact on the community. Support from Experience, AmeriCorps and the Massachusetts Service Alliance will enable 45 students to participate in the program this summer.

Through this partnership, talented undergraduates will be chosen to work with nonprofit organizations to achieve critical goals: expand programs, measure outreach impact, strengthen operating procedures and increase stakeholder base.
New Sector Alliance will pre-screen each project to ensure that it will make a substantive impact on the organization and give Fellows the opportunity to learn new skills and build their resumes with rewarding, real-world social enterprise experiences.

Fellows will also participate in world-class trainings and workshops designed to give students a well-rounded experience. Trainings will focus on skills relevant to all industries – project management, persuasive communication, basic finance – as well as non-profit-specific topics such as theories of change and introduction to the non-profit sector.

“The most critical obstacle to economic growth is the increasing scarcity of high-caliber talent,” said Jennifer Floren, founder and CEO of Experience, Inc. “This Summer Fellowship program will demonstrate that young talent can master the skills needed to lead global organizations, while at the same time having a positive impact on society.”

In addition to training, another key component of the program is interaction with role models. Each Fellow will be matched with a mentor from top management consulting firms such as Accenture, Bain, BCG, Bridgespan, McKinsey and Mercer. Mentors provide real-time guidance and help Fellows accomplish project and personal goals.

Application deadline for interested students is March 1, 2007. The Summer Fellowship program begins in late May and runs through the summer, depending on the project and host site. For additional information or to apply for the Summer Fellows program, please visit www.experience.com.

Fifteenth Anniversary Party for Green Corp – NYC

From a fellow alum–

You are invited to attend the…GREEN CORPS 15th Birthday Bash and Benefit

Celebrating 15 Years of Training the Next Generation of Environmental and Social Change Leaders

March 1st, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery
526 West 26th Street, No. 213

OPEN BAR and hors d’oeuvres

Featuring Special Guest Speaker: William Powers, author and conservationist

Tickets: $50 in advance and $75 at the door. RSVP to nycparty@greencorps.org

Contributions can be made here.

Here is the email copy:

I want to invite you to one of the best and definitely most important – parties of the year: the New York City celebration of Green Corps’s fifteenth anniversary. Green Corps is an extraordinary organization that trains the next generation of environmental and social change leaders, people on the front lines of today’s biggest environmental and political battles.

Since graduating from Yale in 1999, I have spent the past eight years working with Green Corps to help recent college graduates launch their careers in environmental and social change advocacy. We’re celebrating our 15th anniversary with a big bash and benefit in NYC on March 1st at the beautiful Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in Chelsea from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. It will bring together some of New York City’s top environmental, political, and social change leaders (list below). The event is being organized by Yale alumni Glenn Hurowitz (Class of 2000) and Adam de Havenon (Class of 2002), and includes several Yalies on the host committee, including Frances Beinecke (President of NRDC), Seth Brown (Class of 2000), Adam Gordon (Class of 2000), Annie Decker (current), Diana Adams (Class of 2001), Margie Klein (Class of 2001), and Matt Runkle (Class of 2000).

RSVP now by emailing nycparty@greencorps.org. Entrance tickets are $50 in advance and $75 at the door. Contributions can be made at https://www.oursecureserver.org/greencorps/support.html.

We’re honored to have author and pioneering conservationist William Powers as our speaker. Mr. Powers will have just returned from a five year stint in Bolivia, where he worked deep in the Amazon with indigenous people to protect more than 3 million acres of endangered tropical forest, a groundbreaking, prize-winning project that leveraged the financial resources of the some of the world’s biggest polluters to conserve the forests that produce the world’s oxygen – establishing a model for tackling global warming around the world. Mr. Powers wrote about his experiences in his recent book Whispering in the Giant’s Ear and Blue Clay People, and is the author of the children’s book Kusau and the Tree of Life. His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and on National Public Radio.

Update on Freepledge

Several months ago, I featured a social venture called FreePledge on this blog. Here is my post: FreePledge Lets You Donate To Non-Profits While Shopping At Your Favorite Online Retailer

Since then, they have made big strides to enhance their product, including an updated design, new reporting functionality for non-profits and registered users, and a nifty donation estimating tool.

I recently received an update from FreePledge and found out that they now have 150+ nonprofits signed up, and have partnered with 160 retailers. FreePledge is clearly in its growth phase and eager to do a big push for Valentines Day.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and a big online shopping time. We believe that FreePledge is a great way to “Send Love Twice” – Please check out our Valentine’s Day Store at www.freepledge.com/Valentine.aspx!