Youth Peacebuilding and Violence Prevention Internship

A Virtual Summer Internship with WAVE  

June 14th, 2021 – August 9th, 2021 

WAVE (Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort) Educational Fund is a grassroots, statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to preventing gun violence.   

If you are passionate about preventing gun violence and fall between the ages of 14-21, we encourage you to apply for the WAVE’s 2021 virtual summer internship.   

WAVE’s virtual summer internship will help you reach your full potential as leaders by providing you with the opportunity to create public awareness events, increase advocacy and lobbying skills, develop peacebuilding skills, learn about non-profit leadership, build community based collaborations, and direct peer-to-peer gun violence prevention trainings. Additionally, this program provides the space to build long-lasting relationships with like-minded young people.   

2021 summer intern duties will include:  

  • Build expertise on community-based solutions to gun violence 
  • Develop an understanding of Wisconsin’s gun laws and the ways in which stronger gun laws can save lives  
  • Complete weekly trainings and skill-building activities through an online platform
  • Learn and teach strategies that help mobilize people to take action to prevent gun violence  
  • Expand knowledge of peacebuilding and conflict resolution techniques
  • Working with other interns to plan and execute a large-scale public awareness event or virtual campaign 
  • Help increase awareness among youth and their families about the impact and nature of gun violence, as well as the importance of community and political engagement  
  • Create and update a social media presence related to your gun violence prevention activities 
  • Work a minimum of 50 hours, between 6/14/21 and 8/9/21, to successfully complete the internship  

Skills required:  

  • Qualified interns will have enthusiasm and optimism about preventing gun violence and a strong desire to share those feelings with others, whether in personal conversations, on social media, or as part of actions or events  
  • Qualified interns must be positive, energetic, reliable, responsible, mature, and willing to engage and interact with diverse populations 
  • Experience with social media platforms, Google and Microsoft programs, especially MS Excel, is strongly desired
  • Should be comfortable navigating online software either on a tablet or on a computer
  • Experience with social justice, customer service, or political organizing is preferred  
  • The ability to speak Spanish or Hmong is desirable but not required  

Additional requirements:

*Must be capable of providing own transportation (valid driver’s license and auto insurance required), self-arranged transportation, or public transportation, and must be able to travel around the Greater Milwaukee area to attend actions and events that occur days, nights, or weekends

*Must follow WAVE’s personal and community protection plan, which will meet or exceed guidelines offered by the Wisconsin Department of Health

Technology Usage 

**You will need access to either a laptop or desktop with internet connection to successfully complete this leadership program. There also may be days when you will need to have access to a phone to dial-in for a discussion or meeting. 

Compensation  

  • This is a paid internship and will require an average of 6.5 hours per week. Hours will vary weekly, based on planned events  
  • Upon successful completion of the internship, a stipend will be awarded  
  • WAVE Ed Fund can also assist interns in providing school/service credit for this internship  

*Due to COVID-19, these requirements may not apply. It is possible that all of our activities, throughout the duration of your employment, will be conducted virtually. If we are able to conduct in-person activities, your personal safety, and the safety of our community members, will be the top priority.

**If you do not have unlimited access to either a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer, please include that in the body of your email when applying.

Please complete the application here: https://forms.gle/XAqrxjSTubn4Fo4j9 

WAVE is proud to celebrate diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. If there is a part of the job description that would lead you to require accommodations, please let us know. 

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WI Budget Action Hub for Gun Violence Prevention

Governor Evers included many gun violence prevention efforts in his 2021-2023 biennial Wisconsin budget proposal, including

  • funding a violence interruption grant program
  • requiring background checks to be conducted for firearm sales
  • devising an extreme risk protection injunction procedure

Please demand that the members of Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance and your own legislators prioritize Wisconsinites’ safety by keeping these lifesaving gun violence prevention solutions in Wisconsin’s budget. By emailing, tweeting, submitting a comment, and/or calling, you can make a difference!

Here is a sample message for email, tweet. comment, or call:

Wisconsin needs lifesaving background checks, extreme risk protection orders (ERPO), and funding for community-based violence intervention and prevention programs (VIPP) in our 2021-2023 budget! I urge you to support them.

Send a message to your legislators and the members of the Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance.


Tweet at your legislators and the members of Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance.

This action is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please check back in a couple of days.


Submit a budget comment to Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance.


Call your state legislators. To do so, click “call” to the right. Then enter your address. Finally, click on “more details” to see your legislators’ phone numbers.


Thank you for working to prevent gun violence in Wisconsin!

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WAVE Youth Advisory Council (WYAC)

WAVE Educational Fund is currently recruiting 5-7 committed young leaders to serve on our new WAVE Youth Advisory Council. We are looking for young people who are passionate about seeing positive change in the state of Wisconsin, especially in communities most impacted by gun violence.

Requirements

  • Ages – 16-21
  • Lives in Wisconsin
  • Ability to engage with diverse groups
  • Participation in trainings related to the focus areas
  • Be prepared to fulfill a full term (based on what the council decides a term should be)
  • Willingness to take a leadership role within the council 
  • Be prepared to engage in at least two meetings per month (based on the frequency the council determines)
  • Access to technology that allows you to utilize both video and audio functions
  • Internet access

Why participate?

  • Engage with peers who share a similar interest in making Wisconsin a safer and more equitable place to live
  • Have a voice in the decision-making process of a statewide organization
  • The council will allow you to expand your personal and professional networks
  • Leadership opportunities look great on college applications and to future employers

2021 Application Details

  • The application opens on February 8th, 2021.
  • Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 19th at 5:00 pm CST.
  • You will be contacted by March 24th at 5:00 pm CST if we would like to schedule a phone interview with you.
  • The first council meeting will be held on March 29th at 6:00 pm CST.

How to apply?

If you are interested in serving on the youth council, please apply here: https://forms.gle/z3wPx9xiwoaGC3SNA

Contact Deja Garner at dg@WaveEdFund.org for any questions or technical support.

WAVE is proud to celebrate diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. If there is a part of this description that would lead you to require accommodations, please let us know.

WYAC Framework

Vision Statement (What we hope to achieve): To be created by the council.

Purpose Statement (Why we exist and what we do): To be created by the council.

Description of the Council (Who we are): To be created by the council.

Term of Service: To be determined by the council.

Sample Officer Titles:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Communications Officer
  • Event Coordinator

Examples of Focus Areas:

  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Racial Justice & Equity
  • Policy
  • Partnerships
  • Community Building
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Wisconsin Voter Information – 2020

If you are eligible to vote, we urge you to vote in the August 11th and November 3rd elections this year! (And, to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19, we encourage you to vote absentee.) 

Voting is an essential civic duty to ensure we elect officials who will represent our priorities, including passing evidence-based, lifesaving gun violence prevention policies. 

Your voice deserves to be heard!

Please note: We will do our best to keep the information below up-to-date, but, due to COVID-19, information may change.

Register to Vote & Vote Absentee

  1. Register to vote (or check to make sure you are registered): https://wave.votewisconsin.com/

  2. Request an absentee ballot.

    a. Online Form – https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee. An acceptable photo ID is required.
    or
    b. Paper Form – Depending on where you live, you may receive a paper “Wisconsin Application for Absentee Ballot” in the mail. An acceptable photo ID is required. You may submit your application and a copy of your ID by mail, fax, email, or in-person at your municipal clerk’s office.

  3. Complete your absentee ballot, and have a witness sign it.

  4. Submit your completed absentee ballot. (It must be received your municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.)

If you need assistance in registering to vote or applying for your absentee ballot, please let us know. You can email us at admin@waveedfund.org.

Dates to Know

Dates To Know For Wisconsin’s August 11, 2020, Partisan Primary Election

July 22, 2020 – Last day to register to vote online or by mail for the August 11th Partisan Primary
August 6, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Last day to request an absentee ballot for the August 11th Partisan Primary (To avoid any potential issues and make sure you get your ballot in time, do NOT wait until the last day.)
August 7, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Last day to register to vote in-person in your municipal clerk’s office before election day. (You can register to vote in-person at your polling place on election day between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., too, but we recommend that you plan to register in advance if you can.)
August 11, 2020, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – You can register to vote in-person at your polling place on Election Day, but we recommend that you plan to register in advance if you can.
August 11, 2020, by 8:00 p.m. – Your absentee ballot must be received your municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
August 11, 2020 Wisconsin Fall Partisan Primary Election Day

Dates to Know for November 3, 2020, General Election

October 14, 2020 Last day to register to vote online or by mail for the November 3rd General Election
October 29, by 5:00 p.m.  Last day to request an absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020, General Election. (To avoid any potential issues and make sure you get your ballot in time, do NOT wait until the last day.)
October 30, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Last day to register to vote in-person in your municipal clerk’s office before election day. (You can register to vote in-person on election day, too, but we recommend that you plan to register in advance if you can.)
November 3, 2020, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – You can register to vote in-person at your polling place on Election Day, but we recommend that you plan to register in advance if you can.
November 3, 2020, by 8:00 p.m. Your absentee ballot must be received your municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
November 3, 2020  General Election Day

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Become a WAVE Action Leader

Help us inspire new voters!

Scientific research shows that friend-to-friend communication (also known as relational organizing or RO) is a promising way to engage more people civically. Please sign up to be a WAVE Action Leader, who will contact at least five people when called upon to do so by WAVE.

What does it mean to be a WAVE Action Leader?

Being a WAVE Action Leader is very easy yet extremely powerful. We will share a mobile app and calls to action with you to allow you to empower your personal network to become more civically engaged and help us prevent gun violence in Wisconsin.

  1. Sign-up to become a WAVE Action Leader and download the app (see below).
  2. Compile a list of at least five friends, family members, neighbors, or coworkers you agree to contact when WAVE shares a call to action (e.g., pledge to respond to the Census).
  3. Contact those friends when we call on you to do so. (This will likely be about once per month until November 2020 and probably less frequently after that.)
  4. Share the results with us!

How do I sign up to become a WAVE Action Leader?

Empower App Icon

Sign up using this link: https://getempower.com/WAVE. Enter your first name, your last name, and your mobile phone number to create your account. This will allow you to use the Empower (My RVP List) application, which will make the process much easier for you and us!

If you want to participate but are uncomfortable using the app, you can download and fill-out this form to sign-up. Please either email the filled out form to stephanie@waveedfund.org or mail it to P.O. Box 170393, Milwaukee, WI 53217.

How WAVE Has Already Used Relational Organizing

WAVE has used relational organizing to help people register to vote, pledge to take the 2020 Census, contact their elected officials, and learn about upcoming gun violence prevention (GVP) events. Check out this partner spotlight about us on the Organizing Empowerment Project’s website: https://organizingempowerment.org/blog/partner-spotlight-wave

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Program Director, Heidi, at hrose@waveedfund.org.

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GVP Youth Leadership Program

Virtual Summer Internship with WAVE
June 15, 2020 – August 7, 2020

Updated May 15, 2020

WAVE (Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort) Educational Fund is a grassroots, statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to preventing gun violence.   

If you are passionate about preventing gun violence and fall between the ages of 14-21, we encourage you to apply for the WAVE’s 2020 virtual summer internship.   

WAVE’s virtual summer internship will help you reach your full potential as leaders by providing you with the opportunity to create a public awareness event, increase advocacy and lobbying skills, learn about non-profit leadership, build community based-collaborations, and direct peer-to-peer gun violence prevention trainings.

2020 summer intern duties:

  • Develop an understanding of Wisconsin’s gun laws and how stronger gun laws save lives.  
  • Use an online platform to complete weekly trainings and skill-building activities.
  • Help increase awareness among youth and their families about the impact and nature of gun violence, as well as the importance of community and political engagement.  
  • Create and update a social media presence related to your gun violence prevention activities.  
  • Learn and teach strategies that help mobilize people to take action to prevent gun violence.   
  • Work with other interns to plan and execute a large-scale public awareness event or virtual campaign. 
  • Assist with virtual voter registration activities.
  • Work a minimum of 50 hours, between 6/15/20 and 8/7/20, to complete the internship.  

Required qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm and optimism about preventing gun violence and a strong desire to share those feelings with others, whether in personal conversations, on social media, or as part of actions or events  
  • Ability to be positive, energetic, reliable, responsible, mature, and willing to engage and interact with diverse populations 
  • Experience with social media platforms and with Google and Microsoft programs, especially MS Excel, is strongly desired
  • Comfort navigating online software either on a tablet or on a computer
  • Experience with social justice, customer service, or political organizing is preferred  
  • Ability to speak Spanish or Hmong is desirable but not required
  • *Capability of providing your transportation (valid driver’s license and auto insurance required), self-arranged transportation, or public transportation, and ability to travel around the Greater Milwaukee area to attend actions and events that occur days, nights, or weekends
  • *Willingness to comply with WAVE’s personal and community protection plan, which will meet or exceed guidelines offered by the Wisconsin Department of Health

Technology Usage

**You will need access to either a laptop or desktop with an internet connection to complete this leadership program. There also may be days when you will need to have access to a phone to dial-in for a discussion or meeting. 

Compensation

  • The internship is paid and will require an average of 6.5 hours per week. Hours will vary weekly based on planned events.  
  • Upon successful completion of the internship, we will award you a stipend.
  • WAVE Ed Fund can also assist interns in providing school/service credit for this internship.  

*Due to COVID-19, these requirements may not apply. It is possible that all of our activities, throughout your employment, will be conducted virtually. If we can conduct in-person activities, your safety, and the safety of our community members, will be the top priority.

**If you do not have unlimited access to either a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer, please include that in the body of your email when applying.

WAVE is proud to celebrate diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. If there is a part of the job description that would lead you to require accommodations, please let us know.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Deja Garner at dg@WaveEdFund.org by 5:00 p.m. on June 3rd.

If you do not have a resume and cover letter, please send an email to dg@WaveEdFund.org, answering the following questions. 

Name:
Email:
Phone Number:
Age:
School/College:

  1. What interests you about participating in a gun violence prevention internship? 
  2. What is one thing you would do today to stop gun violence? 
  3. What is your definition of peace? 
  4. Tell us about a time that you made a mistake. How did you handle the situation? 
  5. Describe yourself in three (3) words. 
  6. What are three (3) words that your family and friends would use to describe you? 
  7. Please describe any relevant leadership experience that you have. 
  8. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you? 
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#WAVEofGiving

Donate on December 3, 2019!

Over the past three years, Giving Tuesday has become a very important part of WAVE’s annual fundraising efforts, and we want to continue to build upon our success.

Please donate to WAVE’s 2019 Giving Tuesday Campaign — #WAVEofGiving — to help fuel our fight against gun violence in Wisconsin in 2020.


Here is how you can help us…

Become a Giving Tuesday Ambassador for WAVE

We are looking for WAVE supporters who would be willing to be Giving Tuesday “ambassadors” for us. Our Giving Tuesday ambassadors have two responsibilities:

1. Pledging to donate to WAVE on December 3rd

2a. Sharing posts on social media between November 26th and December 3, encouraging others to join you in donating to WAVE on Giving Tuesday. You can use the tools below, including the graphics, for your posts. You can also write your own stories about how WAVE has impacted you.

OR

2b. If you do not use social media, please tell us your stories about how WAVE has impacted you for us to share on our social media platforms.

Youth Ambassadors

Young people, you can make a huge impact on gun violence prevention even if you cannot afford to donate monetarily yet.

You can share posts on social media between November 26th and December 3, encouraging others to donate to WAVE on your behalf on Giving Tuesday. We will provide you with graphics and suggested language for your posts. You can also write your own stories about how WAVE has impacted you.

Please email me at jacey@waveedfund.org to let me know if you would like to help us out in this way.

Social Media Tools for Giving Tuesday Ambassadors

Create a Facebook Fundraiser

Use this link: https://www.facebook.com/fund/WaveEdFund/

Images

Feel free to use (copy/paste, drag/drop) the images below in your social media posts for Giving Tuesday.

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The purpose of your social media post is to help us fundraise. A huge way to motivate others to give is to tell them why you are giving and how their donation can help create a safer Wisconsin.

#MyGivingStory

Use the hashtags, #MyGivingStory, #WAVEofGiving, and #GivingTuesday to share how and why you give back. Let others know about WAVE’s impact to inspire their generosity. Plus, if you upload your story to mygivingstory.givingtuesday.org between November 1st and December 3rd , you could win $10,000 to give to your nonprofit of choice (hopefully WAVE)! Share your giving story on social media and ask your friends to vote for your story on https://mygivingstory.givingtuesday.org!

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Latest Polls

Every year in Wisconsin, nearly 600 children and adults are killed with guns, leaving families and communities devastated. Strong research and compelling evidence prove that we can prevent these tragedies.

The nearly 70,000 WAVE Ed Fund supporters shown on this map urge our elected officials to put the safety of our families and communities first and take action to prevent gun violence.

Wisconsinites, like most Americans, support stronger gun laws

The most recent polling of Wisconsin residents indicates that the vast majority of our state’s citizens favor strong gun laws that save lives, mirroring results from recent national poles.

Requiring background checks for every gun sale

Extreme Risk Protective Orders

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