Welcome to our new Opportunity Corner! We will be sharing lots of opportunities we hear about from community members. These include groups to join, events to attend, paid job experience, internships, and more. We will update as much as possible, but apologize if some links are out of date. Please reach out to our Program Coordinator, Tayah (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you’d like to share any other opportunities.
Paid opportunities from Character Strong
For teens interested in film production, being on-camera talent, music production, or curriculum consultation – check out these paid opportunities from CharacterStrong, an SEL training and curriculum company working in all 50 states, focused on Whole Child Development.
PAID Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop
Get PAID to make radio this summer with KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media! In the Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop, you’ll learn radio journalism skills like storytelling and sound mixing, produce your own radio story, and earn $600. You’ll work with others and build confidence in a fun, supportive, and hands-on environment.
Open to teens ages 15-18 who live in the greater Seattle area (King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties). No previous experience necessary. The workshop runs from July 12 to August 13, 2021 on Zoom. All equipment needed is provided, including a laptop, wifi hotspot, and audio recorder. The early application deadline is March 9, and the final application deadline is May 4. We encourage youth to apply early for their best chance. Learn more and apply today at kuow.org/summer.
Paid Future Founders Makers Fellowship
Future Founders Makers Fellowship – SIXR, a VR/AR/XR/360 Video content creation educational non-profit, is hosting a ~paid~ 16-week training, networking, and hands-on experience in product design, mentorship, and tech entrepreneurship. Participants will work towards industry-recognized certificates and develop a 3D product design portfolio. Must be a City of Seattle resident, 16-24 y/o, and from a historically underrepresented community. Email SIXR@studivo.com to apply and for more info.
Paid position at Solid Ground – Youth Education Coordinator
The Youth Education Coordinator will coordinate in-school and after-school nutrition, cooking and gardening classes for school-aged students and their families. The Youth Education Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of coordinating and training educators to facilitate classes as well as collaboration with community partners. This position will work within elementary schools, Seattle-area after-school programs and Solid Ground’s farm and residential sites to provide a series of hands-on and interactive nutrition, gardening and cooking education lessons. The Youth Education Coordinator will also work closely with school staff and Solid Ground program staff during the academic year to develop, implement, and evaluate school-specific health initiatives and events including family nights, after school programs, assemblies, cafeteria-based promotions, as funding allows.
The Youth Education Coordinator will also work as a member of the Farm to Table (F2T) coalition and will regularly meet with partners, coordinate lessons, develop and maintain the F2T curriculum, and assist in ongoing improvement of the F2T program. This position will also support the development of field trip curriculum to be used at Marra Farm.
Little Free Pantry Young Artist Program 2021
We believe food resources should be available to all regardless of need. Little Free Pantries are a mode to deliver food through mutual aid, allowing us to function as neighbors in solidarity rather than charity, ensuring the organizing effort is mutually beneficial and all people are cared for. Little Free Pantries are a zero-barrier access point to food, allowing for non-judgemental, anonymous access to food. Food is freely exchanged, acknowledging some may need more while others need less. Little Free Pantries not only support neighbors who are facing food insecurity but also build micro-communities. They empower people to make immediate change toward their neighborhood.
Project website: thelitlefreepantries.org
Eligibility: King County wide, ages 14-24
Compensation: $100 stipend, as well as collaborative social media promotion including documentation of the process
Requirements: The finished product needs to be weather-resistant Artist needs to provide an artist statement about the work
Expected to finish in 2-3 weeks PG-rated, without religious iconography
Email us if interested: email@example.com, with subject line, LFP Young Artist Program, and responses to the following questions: What attracts you to the project? What does community mean to you in your art? What are you hoping to gain from this experience?
Other information: Pantry dimensions are 16”x21”20” Use your own materials! Paint, decoupage, brushes, pens, etc. We can’t promise where pantries will be installed
Job: Studio Teaching Artist at Coyote Central
Coyote is looking for a Studio Teaching Artists to join their roster as early as Spring 2021! Their 16 hour Studio Courses run on weekends or school breaks. Applicants should be innovative, flexible, creative and ready to teach through an equity lens. To learn more and apply use this link: https://coyotecentral.org/join-the-team. Coyote has a special need for: Jewelers, Chefs, Dancers, Fiber Artists, Illustrators, Graffiti Artists, Wood workers, or Welders
Job: Community Garden Manager, UW Arboretum
Part Time: 20-25 hours weekly, $25 per hour
Work Description: Na’ah Illahee Fund (NIF) in collaboration with Black Star Farmers (BSF) is in search of a budding urban farmer who is interested in leading the stewardship of the Na’ah Illahee Fund Garden located at the UW Arboretum. Our organization is looking for someone who is passionate about environmental justice and has experience planning and managing farms. The garden manager will be responsible for both garden planning and volunteer coordination. More info and application here.
International Association of Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) is seeking up to 15 international high school students who are passionate about performing arts for young audiences to join their CultureCrew, which serves as the primary selection committee for the CultureCrew Festival, a virtual global gathering around youth-selected performing arts. This is an 8 week commitment over June and July 2021. Positions pay $15/hr for up to 39 hours. Learn more and apply by 4/22 here.
Commissioned Artwork for 4Culture
4Culture, in partnership with King County Metro Transit and RapidRide, is seeking three artists age 16-25 who be commissioned to create three artworks, each unique to one of the new RapidRide Expansion lines and featured on a series of limited-edition ORCA cards to be released at the inauguration of each new line over the coming few years. They will be pairing the three selected artists with a mentor artist that they hand-pick based on their collective experiences as a cohort – a steady and seasoned educator and artist who can nurture and facilitate their creatives processes to ensure success and encourage growth within this field. The selected artists will be paid $2,000 for licensed use of the artwork they create and 4Culture will retain rights of reproduction but artists will maintain all moral rights to their artwork. It is important to note that applicants may be pursuing education and/or a career in the arts, but this is not a requirement. In fact, artists with non-traditional and out-of-school training are encouraged to apply. Find out more about this opportunity here, including a couple of virtual info sessions coming up later this month.
Road Map Project Youth Storytellers
Young people ages 16-21: join the Road Map Project Youth Storytellers! The project aims to hire, train, and collaborate with South King County and South Seattle youth as expert consultants for communications projects, to engage them in anti-racist education work, and to resource them to elevate their own stories and their community stories. Storytellers will join a cohort, receive training and support to create communications projects for anti-racist change in education, and get paid $5,000. Learn more and apply by May 3.
Paid Support Positions for Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is hiring 100+ Health & Safety Support positions to support our schools as they return to in-person learning, and have openings immediately at each of SPS’ 104 schools. Young folks may be interested in these jobs! SPS is seeking candidates whose background has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of education and who bring with them an understanding of the experiences of those underrepresented in the educational field. This position will work collaboratively with the building COVID Site Supervisor and report to the building Principals. The position is a term-limited hourly assignment (April 2021 – June 2021). The hours and schedule for this position will vary depending on the specific school. Most school sites will be four days per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 19.5 hours per week. Workdays and hours and the available schedule will be discussed during the interview.
Summer Job at Seattle Parks and Rec
Seattle Parks & Recreation Youth Employment Summer 2021! Please see attached flyers for full position descriptions. Interested Applicants will need to send an email to Teen.Programs@seattle.gov with their name and the position/positions that they are applying for. Teen Programs will be saving every email and responding to everyone who applies. Once youth are accepted to move forward in the hiring process, they then will receive the Youth Career Training Program Application Packet to fill out and return. This process is the same for each position.
Community Reporting for KVRU (with stipend)
North Cascades Backpacking Trips
Youth Leadership Adventures Backpacking Trips (through the North Cascades Institute) – 8-12 day backpacking trips for high school students, 100% scholarships are available. Three different trips available throughout summer 2021, apply on their website!
Careers in Maritime Webinar
2021 Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Virtual Conference
Ingraham High School (Seattle) will host the virtual 5th annual Washington State Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference. This international student-led conference on global issues will bring youth participants from around the world together for an exciting day of learning and action May 22, 2021. Join us on Zoom for the 2021 WAGIN Conference!
• All conference workshops are led by middle and high school students.
• A chance for students to learn and engage alongside peers from other schools.
• Witness student action projects that address 20 different global issues.
• Hear from notable keynote speakers.
Click here to learn more. Registration opens April 23.
Call for Community Volunteers: Join the FEPP Levy Oversight Committee to advise on over $80 million in annual education investments
Open call for new Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy members. FEPP Levy Oversight Committee helps Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) steward SPS education investments preschool through post-secondary. Representation from youth, parents, health advocates, career development professionals, evaluation/data scientists, and members of multi-lingual and immigrant or refugee communities is sought. The commitment is roughly 5 hours per month, unpaid, with a 2-hour monthly meeting. The position is open to young people and adults. (Sadly, service on the Committee is unpaid per Ordinance.) Learn more here.
Apply for the CityArtist Grant: Seattle-based film and media makers, screenwriters, literary and visual artists are all eligible to apply for a CityArtist grant this year. Learn more on the Office of Arts & Culture website and apply by April 21.
Healthline & Prevention Institute Stronger Scholarship
Deadline: April 20, 2021
Get details and apply at: https://www.healthline.com/health/scholarship-program#1
The Healthline and Prevention Institute Stronger Scholarship will award three $7,000 scholarships to Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Indigenous and/or Pacific Islander junior or senior students working toward the advancement of health equity by impacting an obstacle created by a social determinant of health. Social determinants of health include education, housing, income, access to healthy food, physical environment, healthcare access, racism, and other forms of discrimination, among other community and social factors.
Youth Art Contest
Washington Ethnic Studies Now is hosting a Youth Art Contest for their new website. Learn more here about their vision, what they’re looking for, and how to submit a piece of artwork by April 30th. Four $250 scholarships are available as grant prizes for each category of entry: Elementary, Middle, High School, and College.
Stories for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center is seeking youth and young adult stories about “spreading joy and healing” to include in their upcoming exhibit/experience: Enduring COVID-19: Stories From Our Transforming World. Any interested individuals, aged 12-25, please contact, Charlotte.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Justice Film Festival
Social Justice Film Festival is seeking submissions for their 2021 Youth Visions competition. Entry fee $5-10. More details here.
Black Brilliance Research Project
This year, Seattle residents will get to decide the best ways to reinvest $30 Million of City funds into BIPOC and marginalized communities to address the root cause of unmet needs through a process called Participatory Budgeting. The money will be allocated using a democratic voting process. This means that the community can suggest ideas, vote, and that the winning projects will get City funding. To make sure that your community is fully informed, we are asking you to participate in the following:
1. Have everyone you know in King County (i.e., business professionals, leaders, family members, elders, neighbors, youth (13+), persons residing in the same homes, folks who need nothing, folks who need more, etc.) complete a Needs Assessment Survey: http://bit.ly/telluswhatyouneedlt
2. Learn about the Divest to Invest movement happening across the nation and esp. in Seattle by watching this informative 4-minute video: http://bit.ly/divesttoreinvestvideo.
3. Become more familiar with Participatory Budgeting by reviewing this brief 1-pg PDF, watching this 4-minute video or to fully understand Seattle-specific details our Black Brilliance Researchers created this 14-page PB toolkit for your review. The latter resource may be easily edited and tailored for your community using this link (requires a free Canva account).
The goal is to equip the community with the information needed to overly prepare to fully participate and benefit from the Seattle participatory budgeting process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Antonette at email@example.com or by phone at (510) 798-8654.
Study: Making Caring Common Project
The Making Caring Common Project is recruiting high school students (ages 14-19) for an upcoming study about how students make decisions about college and/or careers. See attached flier. 20-30 minute interviews. All information will be confidential. Students will receive a $10 gift cards as a thank you for their time. They are intentionally seeking diverse student perspectives across the country and would like to set a limit of 5 students from each school, and are especially interested in students who are typically marginalized, and/or may not be currently considering college as an option. If you are interested or have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Product Testing: Think of Us Virtual Support Services
For young ppl and caregivers who have lived experience with foster and kinship care: Think of Us (a nonprofit partner to our state DCYF) is working on developing and testing their Virtual Support Services (VSS). They are going to be testing this product over the next several months and are looking to recruit youth with lived experience to test it out! Selected participants will be compensated for their time from $15-50. More info and a quick form to indicate interest here.
Painting at Yes Farm
Are you looking for a safe and creative way to get your family out of the house this spring? Yes Farm, a local urban Farm in Seattle, is painting their greenhouse and we’re looking for helpers to paint and bring this exiting project to life! Yes Farm is part of a local network of Black farmers addressing food disparities, teaching farming development and growing food that is shared among the community among the greater Seattle Area. This Greenhouse is going to be an interactive, earth exploration, art piece to grow delicious food and educate the community for generations and generations! Whether you bring your kids, someone else’s kids, or you ARE a kid (must be at least 15 to come without a guardian) this is a project that humans of all ages can enjoy while getting fresh air and distanced social interaction within the community. Starting April 17th, this project will be on going for about two months or until the greenhouse is finished, painting hours will be Tuesdays from 12-6 and Sundays from 10-5 so you can find a time that works best in your schedule. Learn more by going to @blackfarmerscollective on Instagram.
Washington Youth Academy
Washington Youth Academy, an academic intervention for youth 15.5-18 who are behind in credit, dropped out of high school or at-risk of dropping out, is now taking applications for the July 17, 2021 in-person class. Early submission is highly recommended. The goal of the program is to give youth a second chance at graduating with their class at their home high school. Program graduates can recover up to 8.0 credits. The 22-week residential program incorporates a highly-structured, quasi-military format, with an emphasis on youth discipline, personal responsibility, in a positive, safe, and secure learning environment. Program activities include academics, service to community, leadership, mentoring and personal development. After completing the program the youth will stay connected with their WYA case manager and mentor for 52 weeks. Click here for how to apply, and for the application itself.