Congrats to our 2021 RRASCs!

 

WELCOME TO OUR 2021 RRASC COHORT!

RRASC 2020 Yearbook Photo

Our Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) provides paid summer internships for undergraduate students that bridge their academic work with real-world activism, giving them experience in research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and more.

COVID-19 has deeply affected the world and will have long-lasting repercussions for years to come. We're excited to be able to respond to this moment by creating much-needed remote opportunities for undergraduate students, which will allow for greater diversity in our applicant pool and increase the number of organizations we can support.

We've heard from so many of our RRASC alums how this program changed their lives and set them on a course to create real change in the ongoing fight for reproductive freedom and justice. It's because of our generous supporters that this program is able to welcome 34 new RRASC interns this year! Please consider making a gift today to help this year's cohort and to fuel this vital program in the future.

 

Who/What/When/Where/How of RRASC

Who: This year, we fielded over 1,300 inquiries for this program. Reviewing applications from 152 colleges and 41 states, we carefully selected 34 incredible and inspiring young activists, and paired them with 34 ground-breaking reproductive justice host organizations. This is the most diverse cohort ever in our program history — 91% BIPOC, with more than half identifying as Black/African American. 71% of our host organizations are BIPOC-led, which is also the highest in our program history.

What: Since the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps began in 1999, we have placed over 600 interns at 166 host organizations around the country and internationally. In 2015, for the first time, we opened our program to students nationwide.

Why: The number of inquiries we received this year (1,300+) is a powerful reminder that the fight for comprehensive reproductive health care is far from over — and college students throughout the country are eager to join the movement. The RRASC program also provides invaluable support to reproductive and social justice organizations around the country.

How: As our interns begin their ten-week program, we are continuing to actively raise the $225,500 to fully fund 34 RRASC interns. CLPP covers their stipends, the costs of training, and other programmatic costs. With your help, we plan to launch an ambitious, regional pilot program that will concentrate our efforts in in-need areas next year.

When: This summer, the 34 interns will complete their 10-week internship between June 1 and August 27. All of our newest interns have completed their RRASC trainings and 101 workshops through April and May.

Where: This year due to COVID-19, nearly all RRASCs will be working remotely. We have remodeled the check-in structure to keep them connected while apart. This decision was made out of a continued abundance of caution and care to keep our interns safe, so they can begin life-changing work in reproductive justice.

Check out all of these amazing placements and just imagine the ripple effect for the movement. We hope you'll make a gift for this incredible program and for this year's cohort.

 
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In solidarity and love,

Marisa Pizii, Deputy Director of Programs

P.S. Our interns are truly changing the world, beginning with their RRASC internships. Check out our Meet the RRASCs events September 2020 here and the latest one with three of last year's cohort (Zahria, Baylor, and Julia) here!

 

Congratulations to our 2021 Interns! 

Afiwa, Bronx, NY. Lehigh University, PA. Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

Ágatha, Shelby, Michigan. University of Michigan, MI. Reproaction.

Ahniya, Toledo, OH. The Ohio State University, OH. SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.

Aisha, Boston, MA. University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA. Southern Birth Justice Network.

Amanda, Mission Viejo, CA. George Washington University, D.C. Alaska Community Action on Toxics.

Ana, Indianapolis, IN. DePauw University, IN. California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.

Angel, Los Angeles, CA. UC Berkeley, CA. Women’s Voices for the Earth.

Asa, Bronx, NY. Amherst College, MA. SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW.

Asia, Vicksburg, MS. Spelman College, GA. ARC-Southeast.

Ayania, Hot Springs, AR. University of Houston, TX. Power U Center for Social Change.

Chandani, Brooklyn, NY. New York University, NY. PopDev.

Connor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Center for Genetics and Society.

Daniela, Mesquite, TX. University of Texas at Dallas, TX. National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Emma, Edenton, NC. Guilford College, NC. WV Free.

Evonne, Conway, SC. Coastal Carolina University, SC. Project South.

Ha-Jung, Palos Verdes, CA. Brown University, RI. Institute for Research on Male Supremacism.

Isabel, Sanford, FL. Rollins College, FL. Intersex Justice Project (IJP).

Iyanu, Silver Spring, MD. Hampshire College, MA. Lucie's Place.

Jayleen, Lawrence, MA. Davidson College, NC. Empty Arms Bereavement Support.

Jordan, Chicago, IL. Pomona College, CA. Black Feminist Futures.

Kaitlyn, Belleville, MI. University of Michigan, MI. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

Kendall, Harvard University, MA. ACCESS Reproductive Justice.

Marho, Houston, TX. Houston Baptist University, TX. Reproductive Health Access Project.

Melvin, Dayton, OH. Williams College, MA. Vanderbilt Trans Buddy Program

Mezekerta, Grinnell, IA. Beloit College, WI. Jane's Due Process.

Michaela, Westland, MI. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI. SisterReach.

Neyda, Los Angeles, CA. Claremont McKenna College, CA. Sadie Nash Leadership Project.

PY, Shenzhen, China. Vanderbilt University, TN. American United for Separation of Church and State.

Sadaf, San Diego, CA. UC San Diego, CA. ACLU Colorado.

Shannon, Detroit, MI. University of Michigan, MI. The Theater Offensive (Development).

Silvia, Madison, WI. Madison College, WI. Feminist Women's Health Center.

Tegan, Rochester, NY. Nazareth College of Rochester, NY. URGE.

Thamara, Randolph, MA. American University, D.C. Georgia WAND.

Tyne, Houston, TX. Southern Methodist University, TX. The Afiya Center.

 
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