Welcome to our Opportunity Corner! This is where you can find lots of opportunities we hear about from community members. These include groups to join, events to attend, paid job experiences, internships, and more. We update this page as much as possible, but apologize if some links are out of date. Please reach out to our Communications Associate, Emma (emma@y-we.org), if you’d like to share any other opportunities.

King County Parks Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) 

We are seeking high school students living in King County (rising sophomores – seniors) who are interested in learning about parks and the environment.  Applicants are NOT expected to already know about conservation, environmental topics, or have participated in a similar program.  We welcome teens of all identities to apply, and the lived experiences and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, and youth of color are especially essential to the success of this work.  We strongly encourage applicants that hold these identities and those who are from backgrounds historically underrepresented in environmental leadership and land management roles to apply. 

The 2024 program dates are Monday, July 8 – Thursday, August 15 every Monday-Thursday.  Each week interns work 22 hours and meet daily on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at Thurnau Park in White Center.  On Thursday interns meet via zoom from their personal computer.  Interns are expected to attend the entire program.  More information and a link to the application can be found at www.kcpyouthcorps.org.  Applications are due by April 21, 2024.

Teens in Public Service (TIPS) Internship

Teens in Public Service (TIPS) provides high school students with a paid summer internship opportunity at a non-profit organization in the Greater Puget Sound region! Interns are placed at all sorts of organizations, from museums to nature preserves to hospitals and animal shelters, gaining skills in everything from youth development to marketing/event planning to research. TIPS internships pay 19.97/hour with an opportunity to work up to 160 hours over the summer, resulting in a possible $3,200 earned. If you are aged 15-19 and passionate about community engagement and public service, consider applying at teensinpublicservice.org/apply-to-intern!

One Roof Foundation High School Sustainability Externship 

In July 2024, One Roof Foundation (ORF), Seattle Kraken, and Climate Pledge Arena is excited to launch year two of our two-week High School Sustainability Externship program. Between Monday, July 15—Friday, July 28 (dates still being finalized), six to eight outstanding high school juniors/seniors from communities highly impacted by environmental harm will join One Roof, the Kraken, Climate Pledge Arena, and our program co-collaborators for an immersive 10-day paid experience.  

Students will explore sustainability, green jobs, the Climate Pledge, and environmental justice issues. The involvement of subject matter experts and our many partners and collaborators in this space—AmazonCity of SeattleKing County Parks & RecreationPort of SeattleSeattle 2030 DistrictSea PotentialUnico Properties, and University of Washington – EarthLab—will offer participants a one-of-a-kind experience.  Students will not only gain hands on experience across the tech, pro sports, non-profit, public, academic, logistics and development/real estate sectors, but they will also receive mentorship and support from a diverse coalition of leaders across industries.  

Program Format  

10-day in-person externship program for four youth (this number could grow in coming years) including hands on experiences with different organizations, outdoor excursions, and a presentation of a final project.  

Program Goals 

  • Educate youth around key issues in sustainability and environmental justice. Expose them to a variety of career paths, sectors, and potential mentors.  
  • Forge and build cross sector partnerships in sustainability and environmental justice work across the tech, pro sports, non-profit, public, academic, logistics and development/real estate sectors. 

Application Deadline 

Online application due by midnight April 15, 2024. Click here to apply!

For more information on One Roof Foundation, please click the link here.

Job Openings at Tubman Center for Health and Freedom

Tubman Center for Health & Freedom is a community organization committed to the principles of healing and people’s liberation from systems that make us unwell. We work to advance health justice, culturally appropriate care and integrative medicine. We are designing an innovative community health clinic that specializes in meeting the needs of marginalized communities in Seattle’s Puget Sound region. Are you interested in joining us in moving our mission forward? Are you committed to racial, social, economic justice, health and healing? We want you to join our team!

Click here to view the job opportunities

Job Openings at The Mountaineers

Each year, The Mountaineers hires a variety of summer seasonal positions in Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia to work with our summer youth programs. If you have a passion for the outdoors and experience working with youth, we want to hear from you! Programs range from day camps to overnight backpacking and climbing trips. With so many program options, candidates are encouraged to apply for the program that best suits their skills and interests knowing that we will happily work together to find your best fit. People who would thrive in these positions love working with youth, believe in the transformative power of nature, work well on a team, and have a personal set of outdoor skills and interests.

Click here for available opportunities

Career Opportunities with our partners at Enterprise

Enterprise offers Management Training, Internships, Skill Building workshops, and more. Read all about their programs and visit careers.enterprise.com to learn more.

#GirlLikeMe Study

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are conducting a study to better understand identity development, mental health, and self-esteem and how these are changed, for better and for worse, through social media engagement for adolescent girls of color. All responses are confidential and participants can receive up to $250.00 throughout the duration of the study. To see if you are eligible to participate, click here: #GirlLikeMe Screener Survey.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) 

A grant-making program that supports artists producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets. Grant support will range from $500 to $5,000. Individual artists, collectives, artist-journalist teams (including journalists on staff at a publication) can apply on a rolling basis. Learn more.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Gottlieb Emergency Grant 

Provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. It is not intended for lost wages. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

ArtNoir’s Jar of Love Fund

A microgrant initiative intended to provide relief for artists, curators, and cultural workers of color, ArtNoir’s Jar of Love Fund is an unrestricted grant designed to help remove some of the burden of thought and free up mental and spiritual capacity to continue creating and collaborating in strength. Applications accepted on a rolling basis as funds are available. 

The Actors Fund

Emergency Financial Assistance for members of the performing arts and entertainment industries–not just actors! Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay basic living expenses (food/housing/health care). Eligibility varies by program.

Seattle Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Seattle Foundation hosts more than 50 scholarship programs annually. Here is a list of some of the opportunities currently available.

Youth Representative on the Environmental Justice Council

The Governor’s Office is seeking applications to fill an open seat for a youth representative on the Environmental Justice Council. The Council plays a pivotal role in advising the Governor, Legislature, and state agencies on environmental justice and implementation of the HEAL Act. If you would like to apply or to nominate a colleague, please do so on our website.

The youth representative must be between the ages of 18 and 25 at time of appointment. The youth representative:

  • Should expect to attend six to ten meetings per year, each approximately four hours in length;
  • Can additionally choose to serve on one or more Council’s committees; and
  • Will be appointed through July 25, 2025.

Additional information on the Environmental Justice Council can be found on their webpage.

The EJ Council values your time and commitment, and you may be eligible to receive a stipend for your participation and/or support for your professional growth through workshops, training sessions, and networking opportunities.

Questions? envjustice@doh.wa.gov

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.

Job Readiness Skill Building

The Seattle Public Library offers Your Next Job one-on-one help for residents in Seattle, King County, and Snohomish/Island County in partnership with King County Library System and Sno-Isle Libraries. We can help job seekers build job readiness skills and navigate unemployment:

  • Build Job Readiness Skills
  • Learn basic digital literacy skills (using email and internet browser, getting a library card, joining a video conference)
  • Access free library programs (including job/life skills and English classes)
  • Navigate Unemployment
  • Find Worksource resources and services

All fliers are available on our Trello page HERE.

To schedule an appointment, go to www.spl.org/yournextjob or call us at 206-386-4636.

Applications Open for The Studio @ 2+U

Skanska and Shunpike are offering a space at 2+U for artists who have had the most difficulty practicing under COVID-19 restrictions, musical and movement artistsSelected musical and movement artists and groups will have the opportunity to use The Studio for one day a week for up to three months, free of charge. It is a space for artists to create, practice, gather, and reflect. Upon the completion of their time in the Studio, artists will be eligible to apply again in six months’ time. Learn more and apply here.

Setup for Your Step-Up

Facilitated by Boston-based arts leader and Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) program partner, Muadi Dibinga, this 5-part series and accompanying workbook provides tips and tricks for young people looking to set themselves up for personal and professional success. Check out their YouTube playlist! 

NW Youth Corps

NW Youth Corps offers a variety of outdoor programs for youth and young adults. Click here to learn more about all their offerings!

Free Library eCards to Teens Nationwide Facing Book Bans in Local Communities

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has launched a campaign called Books Unbanned, to help teens combat the negative impact of increased censorship and book bans in libraries across the country. For a limited time, young adults ages 13 to 21 nationwide, will be able to apply for a free eCard from BPL, unlocking access to the library’s extensive collection of eBooks.

The card will be good for one year and is designed to complement access to resources for teens in their local communities. The Brooklyn Public Library eCard provides access to 350,00 eBooks; 200,000 audiobooks and over 100 databases. Teens will also be connected to their peers in Brooklyn, including members of BPL’s Intellectual Freedom Teen Council, to help one another with information and resources to fight censorship, book recommendations and the defense of freedom to read.

To apply for the card, teens can send a note to BooksUnbanned@bklynlibrary.org, or via the Library’s s teen-run Instagram account, @bklynfuture. The $50 fee normally associated with out-of-state cards will be waived. Teens are encouraged to share videos, essays, and stories on the importance of intellectual freedom and the impact that book challenges and bans have had on their lives. 

The Library will also make a selection of frequently challenged books available with no holds or wait times for all BPL cardholders, available through the library’s online catalog or Libby app. The titles include: The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, Tomboy by Liz Prince, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, and Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison.

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