Location: Remote (Washington, Texas, Minnesota)
Classification: Part-time, temporary position
Compensation: $2,000 over 4-6 months
Fostering Media Connections (FMC) is a nonprofit news organization that harnesses the power of journalism and media to improve the lives of vulnerable children, youth and their families.
We report and produce our own coverage, which is published on two distinct platforms: The Imprint, a news website, and Fostering Families Today, a bi-monthly print magazine.
FMC also trains youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems how to produce journalism so they can have a more prominent role in the public discourse that so shapes policy and ultimately their lives. The inclusion and amplification of youth perspectives is critical to FMC achieving its mission.
POSITION PURPOSE AND SUMMARY
The Youth Voice Contributor role is an opportunity for young people with lived experience and in a higher education setting to produce meaningful work while learning from FMC’s expert staff. Contributors selected will work for up to six months and deliver five distinct deliverables.
Contributors should be enthusiastic, have a keen interest in journalism or possess strong writing skills. Candidates must have lived experience in foster care and currently pursuing a post secondary education at a university or college. College and masters-level students pursuing degrees in journalism would be a perfect fit for this position.
Youth Voice Contributors will complete the following:
One to two “Sound Off” articles written by Youth Voice Contributors that round up perspectives of young people with lived foster care experience on assigned topics;
One to two Q&A-style interviews with people in power (dean of a university, member of Congress, mayor etc.) about key issues in foster care and higher education;
One to two Op-Eds written with the intention of placement in a local newspaper;
Help with the facilitation of YV webinars; actively recruiting young people to attend; to facilitate and lead conversations about issues that affect foster youth.
All contributors will be provided with online learning tools. This is an opportunity for a motivated and detail-oriented individual who wants to make an impact while building their resume and gaining a broad set of experiences relevant to nonprofit journalism and media.
Execute a minimum of five projects assigned by the youth voice program manager and editorial team
Regular check-ins with youth voice program manager and the editorial team once assignments are delivered
Between the ages of 18 and 28
Interest in journalism, communications or related field
Lived experience with the foster care system
Currently pursuing a post secondary education at a university or college
Eagerness to learn journalism skills and techniques that can enhance your job skills
For the Washington contributor, personal experience with homelessness is required
Ability to communicate effectively
Reliable, able to work independently
Unafraid to ask questions, think critically
Experience with and knowledge of computer operation; comfort using Google Drive and Microsoft Office
The youth voice correspondent will earn a total of $2,000 to be paid in installments after the completion of assignments. This is a temporary, contract position.
Fostering Media Connections is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. FMC does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind in the workplace.
HOW TO APPLY
If this sounds like a great fit for you, please submit your cover letter, clips or (2) professional writing samples and resume to our Youth Voice Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.