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Nonprofits invited to host youth leaders for summer internships

Feb. 12, 2015 – The North Carolina Community Development Initiative seeks nonprofit organizations involved in community development in North Carolina to host rising high school seniors for six-week internships June 23-July 30 as part of its 2015 Youth Leadership Program.

The Initiative will pay salaries for the interns and provide intensive leadership training seminars for the youth leaders every two weeks. Host organizations commit to providing full-time positions that introduce the students 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.

“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.

Applications from host sites must be submitted by March 6. The Initiative will host a conference call Feb. 23, 1-2 p.m., to answer questions from interested organizations. Host sites will be notified of their selection on March 27 and of the youth leader assigned to them on June 5.

More information may be found at or by contacting Kimberly Askew, (919) 828-5655,

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.

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