Sum Our roots 7.0 a social justice internship for philly sout heast asian high schoolers!

Vietlead SumOurRoots Applications

VietLead is excited to host the 7th iteration of SumOurRoots, a summer social justice program. It will engage Vietnamese, Khmer Cambodian, and other Southeast Asian (Indo, Lao, Burmese, etc) high school students in building solidarity with Black and Brown communities around food and land, and education justice.

SumOurRoots is a 6-week paid internship where high school students explore and learn about their identities, their communities, and the movement for a better world. Students will analyze the histories and struggles between communities of color in the movement to fight for their rights and dignity in the US. At the same time, students will also learn about how they can take action as young people in the fight for healthy schools and healthy communities. Finally, students will have opportunities to practice and improve on cooking, gardening, and storytelling skills.

Our program will be in-person this year, and students will attend 3 in-person work days as required by our funder. We will continue mandating Covid-19 safety restrictions (masks, sanitizing, social distancing, contact tracing, etc.) to protect vulnerable members of our community.

– Eligibility – you can apply for a paid internship if you are:
+ Vietnamese, Khmer Cambodian, and other Southeast Asian (or have ties with the SEA community)
+ between 14 and 24 years old by July 11th, 2022
+ going to high school this fall, currently in high school, or never enrolled in college before
+ living in Philadelphia, and,
+ eligible to work (if you are an international student)
+ available to work 20 hours a week for 6 weeks
– Program dates: tentatively Mondays through Thursdays from July 12th to August 20th, 2020
– Program location: Virtual & In-person (South Philly location to be announced)
– Compensation: $11/hour for 20 hours a week, with a total of 120 hours by the end of the program

Application Deadlines: (there are limited slots, so we encourage you to submit your application early!)
-Early decision: April 18th
-Regular decision: May 9th


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