Power U Center For Social Change

Power U Center Social Change (Power U) was co-founded in 1999 by renowned organizers, Denise Perry and Sheila O’Farrell. Being originally based in Miami’s Historic Black Community, Overtown, much of our early work centered on environmental justice, affordable quality housing, and fighting gentrification. Power U soon began organizing youth to fight back against school-push out, criminalization, and speaking out on current national issues. For years, Power U organizers and youth members attended School Board hearings and attempted to build relationships with school board officials to advocate for the implementation of restorative justice practices in schools. We envision a society free from all forms of oppression in which decisions are made democratically and resources are utilized for the collective benefit of everyone. We are 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.


  • Reproductive Justice

Internship description: 

In this internship, youth will be working with the Reproductive Justice Organizer and the Executive Director to provide support to Youth Organizers mobilizing around the school board budget. Interns will be working collaboratively with youth to craft materials, manage the RJ social media, and help make RJ base-building events a success through outreach.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Self-starter
  • Creative
  • Repro justice champion
  • Intern must have car and license

Office information:

Presently remote. The building is a co-working space with shared work stations, and the location is accessible by public transportation.

COVID-19 changes:

All staff are currently working virtually and all in-person youth sessions have been ceased. We are consistently processing as a team on how to ensure the safety of youth and staff. If conditions with COVID-19 change, we would love to have an intern in person.


  • Miami, FL

Work hours: 

20 hours per week

Dress code: 

Come as you are

How many people work at the organization: 

9 staff with 2-3 regular volunteers from UM research team

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Internship final reports: 
2021Ayania Hicks
2020Carizma Forbes