Power U Center For Social Change

Mission: 

Power U is organizing and developing the leadership of Black and Brown youth and Black women in South Florida so that they may help lead the struggle to liberate all oppressed people. 

In 1999, Power U was founded in Miami’s historically Black community of Overtown. Power U organized parents and Overtown community members around issues of housing, gentrification and environmental justice. In 2007 when an administrator put a student in a chokehold at Miami Edison High School and the students organized a walkout, Power U started organizing local youth. That kicked off Power U campaign's campaign to transform schools through restorative justice, which is a community non-punitive approach to handling conflict. 

Power U realizes that you cannot have restorative justice with reproductive justice. If students attend school where they have no access to comprehensive sex education and reproductive justice, their ability to make choices about their bodies and futures is diminished. 

At Power U our three main objectives are: 

  • Integrated Voter Organizing: Educate voters and community members on our analysis of reproductive justice, education justice and restorative justice.
  • Student Organizing Units: Strengthen the presence of Power U & increase visibility of our issues in our target schools. 
  • Black Girls Matter Organizing: Grow and strengthen a core of ally organizations within coalition and organize femme identified youth to share their stories around reproductive justice, restorative justice and education justice.
  • Category: 

    • Reproductive Justice

    Internship description: 

    We are organizing youth and community members around a set of demands for Miami Dade County Public Schools to make increased investment in restorative and reproductive justice and divestment in policing and punitive punishment. The RRASC intern will be working on our Comprehensive Sex Ed Campaign and will be a valuable member to the Black Girls Matter Coalition we are a partner organization in. The intern will be responsible for but not limited to: 

    • Conducting 1:1s 
    • Attending meetings and taking notes
    • Canvassing and walking for long periods of time
    • Doing data entry
    • Participate in conducting research
    • Building relationships with ally organizations

    Internship skills needed: 

    • Strong outreach and networking skills
    • Strong commitment to social justice
    • Able to walk for long periods of time
    • Basic computer skills and comfortable using a smartphone
    • Problem solving skills
    • Willing to participate in political education processes and further develop personal political analysis
    • Comfortable working with students and youth
    • Have a driver's license and access to dependable personal transportation

    Location: 

    • Miami, FL

    How to find us: 

    We are at 745 NW 54th St. (entrance on 55th St.). The 77 Bus runs down 7th Ave..

    Work hours: 

    30 hours/week

    Dress code: 

    Come as you are

    Office building accessibility: 

    Yes

    How many people work at the organization: 

    8

    Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

    Possibly

    Internship dates: 

    Flexible