The Evolve internship program works to develop the next generation of young leaders to advance social change. We believe it is essential to empower young people to take on tomorrow’s challenges. Evolve recognizes the importance of young people leading movements for systemic change, and that’s why we are committed to training and mentoring the next generation of young organizers.
The numerous challenges facing our generation are exacerbated by the disconnect between stakeholders and the decisions which affect them and their future. All too often, young people grow frustrated by a political system which tells them they do not have the power to change it. However, this is simply not true. When young people are equipped with the tools to organize, come together, and utilize their power, there is nothing they cannot change. From ending wars to divesting from apartheid South Africa, youth led movements have been a formidable force of change. And now, it will be young people who save public education.
In California, a state which takes pride in its progressive values, students face tuition hikes, debt sentences, and in many cases hunger and homelessness. In California, the state invests less money per student than 45 other states. Meanwhile, corporations and commercial property owners in California are undertaxed by $9 billion per year because of Proposition 13. That’s $9 billion we must restore to our schools and public services. Now is the time for young people to take their place at the forefront of this movement.
Developing the capacity of young leaders through extensive organizing programs.