EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council Application - 2017

EYEJ’s mission is to empower and amplify the voices of teens and pre-teens by bridging them with diverse individuals to engage in interactive discussions centered around social justice.

EYEJ is introducing the first Impact 25 Youth Council. The council will meet five times through the 2017-2018 school year and will be made up of Cleveland Youth ages 15-25.  EYEJ and the Youth Council will work on creating solutions related to Cleveland’s young adult population including but not limited to youth murders and gang violence.  The final meeting in April 30, 2018 in which the potential solutions will be presented to the Cleveland Police including the Chief of Police, Commanders, Community Leaders, and representatives of the Cleveland Indians. 

The council members will be paid in total $475 at $95 per session.  There are a total of 5 sessions.  Payment will be made at the end of each meeting session. However, to qualify to be one of the 19 council members, you must participate in all five sessions.  Attendance is critical.  The positions are open to all Cleveland youth ages 15-25 (must be no older than 25 by November 2017).  Meetings will be held in November 18, 2017, January 20, 2018, March 10, 2018, April 7, 2018, with the final presentation meeting being April 30, 2018.  More details will be available soon on times of meeting.  Meetings will be held at the EYEJ office - 3535 Perkins Ave.  Cleveland OH 44114.

The Youth Council is in partnership with the Partnership for Safer Cleveland, and made possible by the Larry Doby Fund.  If you are age 15-25 and reside outside the City of Cleveland but would like to volunteer and participate in this initiative – we do have Volunteer roles available.  Please email hello@eyej.org for more information.

If you are unable to complete the form online, you may also mail the questionnaire to EYEJ; 3535 Perkins Ave. Cleveland OH 44114.

Applications are due October 23, 2017.  An application must be completed (below).  If your application is chosen, next step would be an interview.  In this case, someone from the EYEJ team will be in touch with you soon to set this up.

* 1. Contact Information

* 2. What is the best way to reach you?

* 3. When is the best time to reach you? Check all that apply.

* 4. Date of Birth - Please note you must be between age 15-25 to qualify.

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* 5. What gender do you identify with?

* 6. Which race/ethnicity best describes you? (Please choose only one.)

* 7. Have you had direct personal experience with the juvenile justice system? Answering this will not affect your application.

* 8. Do you consider yourself to be a leader?

* 9. Are you comfortable being vocal and honest about your opinions in front of a group where you may not know anyone?

* 10. Do you have influence over others?

* 11. Are you knowledgeable about what is happening in your school, streets and community on the ground level?  If so, please give an example of an issue.

* 12. Are you aware of the issues going on in your neighborhood community in regards to gang violence and youth murders?

* 13. Are you aware of the dynamics that are occurring in the streets in your neighborhood (good & bad)?

* 14. Do you want to see positive change in your community?

* 15. Explain in your own words, what type of positive change you would like to see in your environment that would be helpful to you, your friends, your family and community. Required question.

* 16. Why should you be on the EYEJ Impact 25 Council?  Required question.

* 17. What does social justice mean to you? Required question.

* 18. Do you have a resume? If so, please upload it here.

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* 19. If not, please give some background about yourself re: your school/jobs/community service positions you have held?

* 20. Were you referred by someone? If so who, and what area/school are they from?

* 21. Can you commit to all of the meetings dates/times listed above?

* 22. Do you have access to transportation? (Answering this will not affect your application.)

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