Volume 4| November 6, 2017
Important Opportunities for Students and Teachers!
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Opportunities for Students
This training, focused on power and organizing, will be led by organizers and activists from Illinois and beyond. Our keynote speaker, DeRay McKesson, is one of the most influential organizers in the country today. DeRay is a leader in the civil rights movement, a supporter of Black Lives Matter, and the host of Pod Save The People. The opportunity to hear from an expert like DeRay, while building the skills needed to create a lasting movement, can be a transformative experience for a student.

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)
A Department of State program that brings Iraqi students to the US for the summer – is looking for US exchange participants to join the Iraqi exchange participants on their trip around the United States.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop community action projects, build leadership and peacebuilding skills, and engage in experiential learning activities that promote mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the United States.        

This opportunity is open to students from all over the United States. To be eligible, students should apply at https://iylep.org/apply/ .  There is no fee to participate in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program; participants will be selected through a merit-based application and interview process. The deadline for applying is January 31st, 2018.  

ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute
The 2018 ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of students from across the country for an intensive week-long program that includes:
Workshops on how to build effective advocacy strategies – for every community and against great odds
Visits with members of Congress and/or Congressional staff on Capitol Hill to discuss legislation and public policy
Events in and around Washington, D.C., including museums, monuments, and visits to college campuses
Lectures and seminars from a wide array of civil liberties and political experts and practitioners (see website for examples of past speakers)
NOT A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR OR SENIOR? HELP US FIND NEXT YEAR’S CLASS! Please share this email with the politically engaged young people in your life, and encourage them to APPLY NOW. Click here for more information about the ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Institute in Washington, DC, July 18-25, 2018.

This is an incredibly important time for politically engaged young people to come together with ACLU experts to develop strong leadership skills, build relationships with other activists, and advance their advocacy abilities to fight on behalf of justice and equality. Join us!

Space is limited and applications must be in by January 19, 2018. For more information, please visit www.aclu.org/institute .
Opportunities for Teachers

Thursday, November 9th from 6-8 PM
Columbia College @ 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor

Join veteran LTAB poets, coaches, and YCA staff for an introduction to the philosophy, culture and the rules of Louder Than A Bomb, the world's largest annual teen poetry festival.

• Learn about the logistics of entering a Team or Indy Poet in LTAB 2018
• Participate in a Q&A session about all things LTAB
• Get a comprehensive LTAB Organizer's Toolkit of coaching and tournament tips, rules and writing curricula
• Light food and drinks will be provided

Please RSVP here by Monday, November 6th.

As a reminder, the dates for Louder Than A Bomb 2018 is from February 17th - March 18th.
Registration for LTAB 2018 will open on December 1st.

Feel free to forward this email to any new and interested coaches you might know, or email Festival Coordinator Bayana Davis directly at bayana@youngchicagoauthors.org to be added to the YCA mailing list.

And, it's not too late to sign up to exhibit at the annual TSJ Curriculum Fair!