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Applications accepted through March 31 for N.C. youth leadership program

March 2, 2015 –  Rising high school seniors in North Carolina are invited to apply by March 31 for one of 25 paid internships in the N.C. Community Development Initiative’s 2015 Summer Youth Leadership Program.

The program offers students six-week internships in nonprofits in their local communities and intensive leadership training seminars held in Raleigh every two weeks. The program runs June 23-July 30. The Initiative will pay a $2,250 stipend to cover costs and expenses.

“The Youth Leadership Program is one way the Initiative develops the next generation of leaders who are knowledgeable about the unique challenges facing our state’s low-wealth communities and innovative ways that organizations across the state are finding to create economic growth and opportunity,” said Program Associate Kimberly Askew, who coordinates the program.

Students work full-time in positions that introduce them to the work of nonprofits in general, and community economic development in particular, and offer practical, substantive work experience.

Past interns have developed community outreach campaigns and financial literacy programs, developed Stop the Violence Day rallies and community workshops, translated nonprofit materials for the Latino community, created youth programs, revamped the host organization’s marketing materials and coordinated summer arts, food service and after-school programs.

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The N.C. Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. For more information, visit

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