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Youth Voice Contributor
Fostering Media Connections in Los Angeles, California
 
 
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Date Posted 01/20/2021
Category
Philanthropy-Youth Service
Philanthropy-Administrative-Non-profit
Employment Type Part Time
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 
Job Type
Part-time
Temporary
Contract

Location: Remote (Washington, Texas, Minnesota)
Classification: Part-time, temporary position
Compensation: $2,000 over 4-6 months

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY

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.

JOB DUTIES

  • 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

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

Compensation

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 youthvoice@fosteringmediaconnections.org.

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