EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council Member Application - 2019

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.

The EYEJ Impact 25 Youth council is focused on creating programming and policy change to help youth in Cleveland by making fundamental change.  Formed in 2017 in partnership with A Partnership to a Safer Cleveland and thanks to the Larry Doby Youth Fund, they deliberated over a course of 6 months through an intense process and decided to focus on the areas of toxic stress, police-youth relationships and youth independency (life skills)  as areas that would help with youth safety.  They worked together to create programming recommendations and presented them to over 100 high-level Clevelanders including the Chief of Cleveland Police; Calvin Williams.  They asked for $140,000 in this meeting, and thanks to the Tegna Foundation, some of it has been funded.  For 2019, with the support of EYEJ, we are focusing on fundraising, messaging our recommendations, implementation and a deeper build-out of the council.  Therefore we need your help!

EYEJ and the EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council are adding members for 2019! We are looking for 11-14 new members.  The council meets monthly on Saturday's from 12-2PM, the first Saturday of the month, starting in May.  However, we will have an introductory mixer for those that are selected April 25 from 6-8PM! The EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council are made up of Cleveland Youth ages 15-25.  You must be a resident of the city of Cleveland.    

The council members will be paid a $50 stipend for each council meeting.  There are a total of 8 sessions.  Please note some of the session dates are subject to change due to presentations, events etc.  Payment will be made at the end of each meeting session. However, to qualify to be one of the council members, you must participate in all eight sessions.  Attendance is critical.  The positions are open to all Cleveland youth ages 15-25 (must be no older than 25 by December 2019).  Meetings will be mostly held at the EYEJ office - 3535 Perkins Ave. Cleveland OH 44114.

If you are age 15-25 and reside outside the City of Cleveland but would like to volunteer and participate in this initiative – please email EYEJ's Executive Director; Mai Moore @ mai@eyej.org to become a Bridge Member.  Additionally, if you are interested in volunteering and live in the City of the Cleveland but CANNOT commit to 8 sessions, but to 4 meetings for 2019, please consider becoming a EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council Ambassador (new for 2019), please complete that application (not this one).

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

Applications are due April 1, 2019.  An application must be completed (below) to be a contender for one of the open slots for the youth council.  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.  Please note that background checks will be conducted.

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Do you have a preferred name you use?

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

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

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

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* 6. What gender do you identify with?

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

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

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* 9. Do you personally have legal history (as a youth and/or adult)?  EYEJ must bemade aware of any legal history due to working and serving youth.

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* 10. If you answered yes above, please list below the offenses.  There is no personal judgement made on these offenses and they will be kept strictly confidential.  Furthermore if you do not feel comfortable answering this question on this application, please call Mai Moore at 216-200-7042 with the information.  However if you answered yes to the above question and are interested in being on the youth council, and want to proceed with the application, we must be made aware of the offenses.  We work with youth directly.  Not telling us could disqualify you from the application process and we will be conducting background checks. Thank you.

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

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

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* 13. Are you knowledgeable about what is happening in your school, streets and community on the ground level and/or do you have interest in learning more?  If so, please give an example of an issue.

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* 14. Are you aware of the issues going on in your neighborhood community in regards to gang violence and youth murders?  If not, are you interested in learning more?

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

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

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* 17. 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.

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

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

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* 20. Are you comfortable presenting in front of a large group of people?

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

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

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

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

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

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* 26. If in a circumstance, where you were unable to be paid for a youth council meeting, would you still come to the meeting?  We are trying to gauge how serious your involvement would be.

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