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Feminist Activism for the College Grrl


Feminist Summer Camp 2011

Provided by Soapbox

Feminist Summer Camp

Feminist Summer Camp 2011 is an intensive week-long program for college students interested in meeting with progressive leaders and national feminist organizations in New York City. Our program emphasizes career development and will include a day-long internship and opportunities to network with professionals and learn about career and internship opportunities.

Feminist Summer Camp uses hands-on adventures in New York to teach students about different approaches, strategies, and skills of social justice organizing. We meet with two to three organizations each day and our meetings are interspersed with debriefing sessions with Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. You can expect to participate in path-breaking progressive campaigns launched from NYC, tackle fundraising and other practical but necessary skills for your cause, and learn about what professional and seasoned activists do day-to-day.

With three great years of programming behind us, we offer a transformative week of feminist immersion that can't be found anywhere else. Your guides will be seasoned activists and Soapbox co-founders Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism We build the sessions with the interests of our group in mind and have been able to honor individual requests for meetings or speakers each year. Many of the speakers, writers, and activists you see on our website live in New York and can be integrated into the session, from Katha Pollitt to Leora Tanenbaum to Marcia Gillespie to Courtney Martin and we have unique relationships with dozens of organizations with whom we have worked over the years. The inspired young women we have hosted were able to explore issues such as sexual rights, reproductive justice, sex work, the arts, trafficking, media, and peace and human rights; a hands-on once in a lifetime experience. Each year the week culminates with a networking party that invites all our workshop hosts and other young feminists to join the students informally at the end of the week.

A typical day at Soapbox Feminist Summer Camp might go as follows:

Morning Meeting: Meet with Third Wave Foundation and learn about their grant-making strategies. Meet Third Wave grant partners and learn about young feminist philanthropy through their innovative "Why Give?" program.

Lunch: Brownbag Discussion with Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner

Afternoon: Break-out groups visit the Sex Workers' Project, International Women's Health Coalition, and Novo Foundation to learn more about feminist approaches to making sex work safer and to eliminate sex trafficking.

Evening Entertainment: Mix and mingle with young New York feminists at a reading at the radical bookstore/collective Bluestockings.

For more information visit www.soapboxinc.com/feminist-summer-camp or email jenandamy@soapboxinc.com


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