Connecticut: Grand Aspirations seeks Summer of Solutions Program Leader

19 Mar

Grand Aspirations, an organization that empowers, connects, and supports youth
leaders as they create innovative, self-sustaining, and inter-dependent
initiatives that integrate climate and energy solutions, economic security, and
social justice, is seeking a Program Leader for the Summer of Solutions –
Hartford 2011. Your purpose in this position will be to work in a team of four
leaders to design, coordinate, and implement a two-month long youth summer
program that will interweave leadership, community organizing, personal and
collective transformation, and social entrepreneurship while building tangible
models for social change.

Location: Harford, Connecticut
Type of Position: Part Time in Hartford or remote (10 hours/week) March – May |
Full Time in Hartford (40 hours/week) Late May – Early August (some flexibility
of program start date)
Application Deadline: March 30, 2011, or until filled
Start Date: Immediately
Compensation: $1,000 start-up stipend (additional funding may be available)
Benefits: Housing and food may be provided. Travel stipends may be available
based on need.
To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Roach,  You can expect to hear back from us within one

In the face of a falling economy, an energy crisis, fragmented and inequitable
communities, and the growing threat of global warming, youth are coming
together to create and implement solutions that address all of these challenges
together.  These are solutionaries – youth leaders who work as innovative
organizers across issue lines to build the green economy as an engine for local
opportunity, climate and energy solutions, and social justice.

Every summer, youth gather in communities across the nation for the Summer of
Solutions – a training ground for its participants and a launching pad for
the solutionary vision.  With the support of local partnerships and a national
network of fellow solutionaries, participants create self-sustaining projects
that have a direct impact on their communities and that serve as models for
others to build on.

The Summer of Solutions (SoS) is a locally-rooted program supported by a
national leadership structure composed of numerous volunteer-based working
groups, forty (and growing) part-time program leaders, and one full-time
national staff member. This summer, SoS programs are being coordinated in
fifteen different cities all over the U.S., in partnership with countless
non-profit organizations, businesses, community associations, affiliate groups,
religious centers, and academic institutions.

As a Program Leader, you will play a key role in the development, planning, and
implementation of the Summer of Solutions Hartford program scheduled to occur
from approximately May 20- August 15th, 2011. Between April and May, you will
work as part of a dynamic team of four Program Leaders to:
Design  the elements of the summer program, including a comprehensive
training week, in-depth program timeline and strategies, community-building
activities, and more
Enroll a large and diverse pool of applicants for the program, aiming
for approximately half of full-time participants from the Hartford Area and the
other half from national and international networks.
Develop the infrastructure for meaningful, sustainable, solutions-based
projects in the Hartford community and in Connecticut at large. Project areas
Urban agriculture, permaculture, and gardening
Integrating arts, music, and social entrepreneurship
Empowerment of young at-risk people of color
Community development projects
Support and mentor participants as they are accepted to the program.
You will help integrate them into the program team, connect them with
resources, and provide avenues for leadership.
Communicate our story to local and national media outlets, write blog
posts for the Grand Aspirations blog, engage Facebook, Twitter, and develop
messaging and framing for our program
Fundraise and develop a resource generation plan to support our program
costs, stipends for participants, and additional needs.

We are looking for young (ages 18 – 30), inspired, and committed leaders who
understand how environmental sustainability, social justice, and personal
transformation are interrelated, and want to use their passions, skills, and
talents to bring about change through the Summer of Solutions model of social

Experience training others or being in a position of leadership
Proven strategic project oversight, planning and implementation
Strong skills in resource generation, including grant writing,
grassroots fundraising, etc.
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Spanish speaking a plus
Experience working in a community a plus
You know you’re a good fit if….
You effectively enroll others in a vision and empower them to step into
You are a creative, big-picture strategist and a meticulous tracker of
small details.
You are compassionate, generous, and present in your interactions and
You are a self-starter, able to oversee projects independently.
You are an empowering team leader and a supportive team player.

We are an equal opportunity employer, with a deep commitment to engaging the
skills and leadership of people of color, people from low-income backgrounds,
people of LGBT orientation and identity, and people of other diverse
backgrounds.  If you identify with these and/or other historically marginalized
backgrounds and communities, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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