We are excited that ten organizations have signed on as new host sites for our Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps, bringing the total number of active host sites to 46. Recent RRASC interns currently work with two of our new host sites; we are thrilled to maintain our connection with these CLPP alums and support their continued leadership in the movement. At the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Christian Baer ('08 RRASC) works as Administrative Coordinator and Emily Ryan ('09 RRASC) is a long time volunteer at the RU12? Community Center in Winooski, VT
Members of our New Leadership Networking Initiative can also host RRASC interns. This year, long time NLNI members Aimee Thorne Thomsen, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Advocates for Youth and Wyndi Anderson, Senior Director of Programs at the Abortion Access Project have created RRASC internships for 2012 (both sites are in Washington, DC).
We are also happy to continue to expand RRASC’s geographic reach, supporting rural organizing as well as work happening in major cities across the nation. Stonewall Youth in Olympia, WA, and First Nations Two Spirit Collective in Minneapolis are the first RRASC sites in each of these cities. Activists at both organizations participated in our 2011 Summer Leadership Institute, and RRASC interns who work at these sites may be able to work on projects begun through this CLPP program.
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice is our first Los Angeles, CA, site but new Executive Director, Laura Jimenez, is no stranger to RRASC – she mentored RRASC interns for years during her time at SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.
Kindred Collective offers students the opportunity to work with long-time CLPP supporter and Hampshire alum, Cara Page, whose nationally renowned work is on the cutting edge of Transformative Justice.
And Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights offers students another opportunity to work in Denver, CO, in support of young women of color leadership in the Reproductive Justice movement.
“I’m super excited about the ten new opportunities available to students in 2012,” says Corinna Yazbek, Senior Programs Manager at CLPP, who directs the RRASC program. “We are continuing to invest in the leadership of past program participants and increasing options for future interns at the same time.”