Youth Engagement Summer Assistant


Youth Engagement Summer Assistant

Temporary, Part time

(Internship credit is possible; see compensation section for more details)


WAVE Educational Fund is a statewide, grassroots organization dedicated to preventing gun violence, injuries and deaths through education and advocacy. WAVE’s equity commitment is to cultivate a more equitable violence-free society where we all feel a sense of security, belonging, value, and pride.


Are you passionate about youth? Do you believe that young people are the leaders that this world needs? Have you been looking for a way to be more involved with the next generation? The Youth Engagement Summer Assistant position would be a wonderful opportunity for you! The primary purpose of this temporary, part-time role is to assist with the 2022 summer internship. This is an 11-week position from May 23rd, 2022 to August 10th, 2022. 160 total hours are required. This position is eligible for a $2,500 stipend.


The following duties, as well as others that may be assigned, will be performed individually or in coordination with other staff members.

  • Assist with planning the annual summer internship, with a focus on awareness-building activities and equitable solutions to gun violence.
  • Assist with developing a longstanding and sustainable youth component to our programs, which will raise up young voices in Wisconsin’s current gun violence prevention efforts and ensure that the next generation will be prepared to continue the movement in our state.
  • Perform data entry including, but not limited to, tracking intern hours, managing the completion of internship activities, and ensuring each intern completes each required item.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • May be asked to facilitate internship trainings or activities.
  • Help plan and participate in community awareness-building and fundraising events.
  • Assist with civic engagement activities, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficiency in using Zoom
  • Familiarity with Google Docs


  • Commitment to, and passion for, gun violence prevention, equity, safety, and justice
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Read, sign, and adhere to WAVE’s Youth Protection Policy and pass a criminal background screening
  • Read, sign, and adhere to WAVE’s COVID-19 Employee Policy (including vaccination requirement)
  • *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 state to attend actions and events that occur days, nights, or weekends
  • *Have a remote workspace


  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Experience in the fields of youth development, communications, or community organizing preferred


  • This position is eligible to receive $2,500 after the completion of 160 hours.
  • This role can also be adapted to fulfill college internship credit requirements.


  • *Due to COVID-19, our work is currently being conducted virtually (i.e., remotely), but we will resume in-person activities when it is safe to do so. 


We will accept applications until the job is filled. Please send your resume and a cover letter to Deja Garner at Alternatively, you can answer the questions on this survey:

WAVE Educational Fund celebrates diversity. We welcome, and are committed to creating, an inclusive environment. That means we respect and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of all applicants and employees. You’re valued here.

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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.


  • 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:

Contact Deja Garner at 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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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. 


  • 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 by 5:00 p.m. on June 3rd.

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

Phone Number:

  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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2019 Youth Summer Internship

Lakefront Street Action, July 3, 2019

Woah! It has been quite a summer!

WAVE’s eight 2019 youth summer interns, aged 15 to 19, were very busy advocating for gun violence prevention in Wisconsin.

Throughout the summer, the interns cultivated strong friendships with one another and developed skills that they will continue to use throughout their lives.

Examples of What We Did

Performed street actions to demand commonsense gun policies

  • Held up signs supporting gun violence prevention reforms at Lake Michigan on July 3rd, a day that attracts many people to the area for fireworks,
  • Protested (holding signs and chanting) outside Senator Ron Johnson’s Milwaukee office due to his dangerous voting history regarding gun violence prevention reforms, and
  • Led the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County on a street march in Madison with signs and chants.

Collected signatures and wrote a letter to demand policy change from lawmakers at the…

  • August Recess Rally,
  • Brewers Community Foundation kiosk at Miller Park,
  • Fondy Farmers Market, and
  • Milwaukee Public Market.

Empowered youth leaders through youth peace advocacy training at the…

  • All People’s Church Youth Music Activism Workshop,
  • Boys and Girls Club of Dane County,
  • Independence-First Youth Leadership Summit,
  • Oakland Cambridge Presbyterian Church, and
  • Peacemakers’ Day Camp.

Registered voters (especially in marginalized communities) at the…

  • All People’s Church Isaiah 55 Food Pantry,
  • Fondy Farmers Market,
  • Phongsavan Asian Market Health Fair,
  • Southeast Wisconsin YWCA,
  • WestCare Wisconsin E.A.T.S. Food Pantry, and
  • 2019 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention and Exposition at the Wisconsin Center.

Collaborated and spread awareness with ally organizations, including…

  • All Peoples Church is a truly inclusive church that partners for justice and welcomes all people. All Peoples Church is outspoken in support of “Black Lives Matter,’ the LGBTQ community, and immigrants.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Dane County has a vision is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as responsible and caring adults.
  • Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion, and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
  • Fondy Farmers Market is a diverse, nationally recognized leader in connecting low-income people with the benefits of farmers’ markets.
  • Independence-First has a mission to effectively facilitate the empowerment of diverse, multi-cultural individuals with disabilities. Independence-First values inclusion, access, empowerment, and independence for people with disabilities.
  • Indivisible Tosa takes effective action to make sure that Congress is paying attention to the voters.
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs.
  • March for Our Lives (Madison and Milwaukee chapters) harnesses the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives.
  • Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health, Inc. strives to build the capacity to address cancer health disparities through community engagement.
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting (Quakers) is a witness for peace, equality, simplicity, and justice.
  • Moms Demand Action/Students Demand Action/Everytown for Gun Safety are fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.
  • Northcott Neighborhood House strives to empower families to meet their survival needs and provide good parenting to their children; to provide a safe place for youth as well as recreational and skill-building activities; and to provide the neighborhood with space, activities, and the opportunity to engage in community building and crime prevention.
  • Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) acts to inspire a dynamic collaboration that heals trauma and creates a resilient community.
  • Southeast Wisconsin YWCA is an organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
  • WestCare was founded to reclaim, rename, and rebuild the Harambee (meaning “Work Together – Pull Together” in Swahili) Neighborhood.
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