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BYP100 Program Fellow

Reports to: BYP100 National Director
Location: Chicago


Job Status: Not Exempt, Paid

Work Schedule: Part Time/15-20 per week
Duration: May – August 2015


About the Organization:

The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and opportunity for marginalized people, especially black youth. Its membership is comprised of young black activists from labor, electoral politics, media, reproductive rights, environmental politics, prison abolition and other sectors of political struggle. In July 2013 the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago convened a group of 100 Black activists from across the country, ages 18-35, doing work in a range of areas from ending the criminalization of black youth, to voting rights, to reproductive justice. The BYP100 developed out of that convening and continues to work with and through the Black Youth Project. Since July 2013, BYP100 has organized local chapters in the San Francisco/ Bay Area, Chicago, New York City, New Orleans and Washington, DC.

The Program Fellow supports core components of the daily program and operations work of BYP100.

Job Responsibilities:

Organizing and Policy Support:

  • Support the management of a database of organizing and policy contacts
  • Support the development of the online and print version of BYP100 policy documents
  • Follow-up with chapter leads on organizing and policy efforts to identify progress and needs from national

Internal and External Communication:

  • Support the collection of chapter updates from our active and building chapters
  • Support the management of major internal communication with members (Facebook, Google group, etc.)
  • Write original pieces for publication on BYP’s and BYP100’s websites
  • Contribute to overall managment of BYP100 website (posting articles, updating press lists etc.)
  • Gather and develop content for BYP100 monthly newsletter and quarterly reports
  • Help maintain a calendar of BYP100 national, chapter,  and members’ trainings, conferences, calls, and events

Administration and Operations:

  • Take, edit and send out notes from bi-weekly national leadership team meetings, bi-weekly coordinating committee meetings, and monthly national membership meetings
  • Support the management of everyday financial processes including: processing reimbursements, check requests, and booking travel
  • Support the management of logistics for national leadership meetings and travel
  • Support the development and chapter institutionalization of BYP100 database and tracking systems

Position Requirements:

  • 1 year experience social justice issue, electoral and grassroots organizing (Preferably 1 year with youth/student organizations or civil/human rights organizations)
  • Experience working with Black communities, especially within Black LGBTQ and low-wage worker spaces.
  • Experience with program implementation including developing workplans to meet goals
  • Experience, skills, and enthusiasm around designing and creating issue and electoral organizing and communications materials (Not limited to but including: organizing manuals, press releases, policy statements)
  • Experience managing logistics of events
  • Experience working with administrative and finance systems
  • Experience developing content or preparing documents for websites and/or digital media tools
  • Experience with basic management of WordPress platform
  • Ability to translate and synthesize the ideas and feedback of others succinctly
  • Ability to work independently and with a high degree of self-motivation and self-discipline
  • Ability to build strategic relationships and support communication between different groups of people
  • Quick learner and problem-solver
  • Detail and deadline oriented
  • Good communication skills, written and oral
  • Eager to learn in a fast paced, new and growing organization

Submit your resume, letter detailing your interest in working for BYP100 (no more than 500 words) and 1 writing sample (Not limited to but including: 1- policy/legislative fact-sheets, blog post, electoral organizing document, press statement, sample op-eds) to BYP100 at

Deadline for Application is May 15th, 2015 at 5pm CST.


The Black Youth Project 100 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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