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2006 Education Summers Youth Leadership Initiative

Southern Education Foundation

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $70,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2006–December 31, 2006
  • Location Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

About this grant

The Southern Education Foundation’s Education Summers Youth Leadership Initiative provides a multiracial, multiethnic group of 15 talented students enrolled in southern colleges and universities with valuable experiences in the fields of education, workforce preparedness and economic growth. This grant will support the 2006 initiative with emphasis on placing interns in southern foundations engaged in cutting-edge work related to improving education for low-income students. This will expose students to the way in which foundations make programming and grantmaking decisions, the array of nonprofit organizations involved in education-related grantmaking to help low-income students, and career opportunities in the philanthropic sector. The goal is to create a diverse talent pool of excellent students who are interested in working at foundations and other types of nonprofit organizations.During 2004 and 2005, 51 students from a variety of the south’s leading colleges, many of them historically black colleges and universities, participated in the program. Pre-internship and post-internship meetings provided a unique learning experience about education trends, outcomes, as well as workforce and equity issues.