Youth Be the Spark: Climate Organizing Internship Program

MNIPL is entering its second year of our Youth Be the Spark Internship Program running from the Fall of 2017 to May 2018.  In the Fall of 2017 up to 8 high-school aged youth will join the internship team.  The purpose of the internship program is to empower motivated youth to learn and grow as organizers, as they create a climate action plan and drive focused implementation of this plan in their faith community or within a faith network to which they are connected.  

If you are interested please fill out the Youth Be the Spark Internship application here.


Program Details

YBTS Interns will:

  • Attend a one-day leadership development workshop and orientation training to get acquainted with tools available to them and to map the faith community/ies they will be working in and create a climate action plan.

  • Commit to weekly contact with an assigned MNIPL staff person for ongoing support and direction for carrying out their action plan and to attending monthly Youth Leadership Team meetings.

  • Receive a stipend of $200 for their October-May participation.

  • Write a blog and/or do a presentation on their experience in the program.  They will receive a reference letter.

  • Action Plans- Baseline requirements: The intern’s action plans will touch on all three legs of the climate action tool (a primary organizing concept at MNIPL): Practical, Systemic, and Spiritual actions. There are many options for Systemic and spiritual actions and specifics will be identified in our leadership workshop.  There are some particular Practical Action goals for the internship program listed below:  

    • Practical Actions

      • Recruit a minimum of 50 people from their faith community to commit to the Beyond Paris Pledge of reducing their carbon footprint by 50% by 2030.

      • Hold a workshop/s for a minimum of 10 people to create an action plan for reducing their carbon footprint in their homes through: energy efficiency and conservation, water conservation, and recycling.

      • Promote Home Lighting retrofits (offering LED light bulb kits complete with bulbs and a FAQ sheet for purchase) and the MNEnergy Challenge as specific tools for participants to reach their carbon reduction goals.


Apply today! Please Contact Erin Pratt or Muhammad Jiwa with questions!