Join the Freedom Center this summer for a dynamic, transformative learning and leading experience! June 26-August 3, we travel from the Bay Area and beyond with middle and high school students, engaging thousands of members of the nation’s community dialogues on civic engagement and democracy, that will change lives! #GetCivic
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About The Civic Engagement Tour:
Follow us on social media June 26 to August 3, 2018, for this summer’s Civic Engagement Tour! High school and college aged young people will travel throughout the West Coast answering what we can do as a society to get more civically engaged! This is our 27th year of producing hard hitting, boot camp-like, traveling classes/civic engagement projects. We will travel with an 18-foot truck, prepare our own meals, sleep on gym floors and in tents, spend time in forests and rivers, carry out press interviews, make public speeches and organize community-based dialogue circles on how and why to engage in civics, and in DEMOCRACY!! This is a life changing experience.
Develop within participants a lifelong commitment to public service and being civically engaged.
Develop the capacity to understand and transform power relations through community organizing and the importance of having a voice—and voting.
Organize and carryout Civic Engagement Circles.
While not everyone can vote, we can all be civically engaged. When young people, immigrants, and disenfranchised communities get involved in problem solving, it inspires all of us to bear the responsibility of getting others out to be civically involved. Being civically involved is not just about voting, it’s about all of us being engaged citizens.
The Circles are facilitated by students with staff support. Circles take place in peole’s worksites, community centers, senior centers, and other public places that permit circles of between 10 – 18 individuals. Each circle offers a summary of the vast number of possible civic engagement opportunities, from volunteering to voter education to neighborhood block parties.
PARTICIPANTS & AGENDA BREAKDOWN
The Civic Engagement Tour will include: 6 staff; 4 college interns; and 30 high school students which will vary from week to week. Primary locations for student outreach include: Tribal Nations, South King County and Pierce County in Washington State; Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Kern Counties in California. We will travel to:
- Stanford University Martin Luther King jr Resrach and Education Institute: delegation will study voting rights history and suppression
- Central Valley: Delegation will work on a Youth and Family Civic Engagement initative with the Dolores Huerta Foundation
- East Bay Area of California: meetings with elected officials, community groups and classes
- Washington State: The delegation witll travel to the Jack O’Dell Education Center, conducting voter registration, civic circles and community organizing in Washington State
Students must be nominated by their school, or a recognized community or faith-based organization. Selection is done by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center. Nomination and selection are NOT based on academic achievement, but rather on a student’s desire and capacity to engage in community volunteerism. College interns will be selected based on the same requirements. Interns will also be selected based on their desire and capacity to coach adults and students, to receive coaching themselves, and to teach and facilitate circle discussions.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and, the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center (MLK) offices, employees, and institutions participating in or administering MLK programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, or age.
- Develop understanding of the role of ethics, values, and civic engagement in education
- Ability to analyze and synthesize historical, political, economic and cultural work
- Develop teaching, presenting, coaching, community organizing & public speaking skills
- Community service credit available on a per-high school basis
- Learn how to advocate for yourself and others
- Build meaningful lifelong relationships with people from other cultures and nations
Tuition of $150 per week is required. Scholarships are available, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center will provide help to students in raising their tuition. The expectation is that students will not obtain tuition costs from parents. They participate in a letter writing campaign to raise the funds as a part of the civic engagement training.
While the Tour is six weeks long, an individual student can choose to participate for a two-week period. This requires extra coordination and costs. Tour participants will travel in vans, and all such transportation will be covered by the tuition fees and underwritten by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center.
In the case of two-week participation, the student/family would be responsible for transportation to/from the location of the Tour back to their home.
While the Tour will carry out classes and organized activitites every day, the delegation will take some half-day breaks to go swimming, hiking and to visit historical sites, museums and community festivals.
The Tour is a self-contained, traveling and learning venture. Participants collectively prepare and cook meals, clean up, set up/break-down camp, load/unload the large truck that accompanies the Tour.
Students, interns and staff will have time daily to write, do school-based homework, or rest. Students will not be able to leave the group for a “break or personal interests” such as going to the store alone or hiking alone. Students will have the opportunity to go to the store in groups, and to do other activities in smaller, supervised groups.
All sleeping arrangements are segregated by gender and are under constant supervision. All showers are segregated by gender and occur in gymnasium locker rooms. We ask that all participants take less than 4 minute showers.
Each participant is required to fill out an application outlining rights and responsibilities.
Thank you for considering applying for this dynamic transformational leadership experience!
ALL APPLICATIONS ARE REVIEWED BY A SELECTION COMMITTEE
IF STUDENT IS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TOUR, THEY WILL BE NOTIFIED OF SELECTION BY EMAIL AND PHONE OR MAIL CORRESPONDENCE
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