Youth Internship Applications for the 23-24 school year open NOW until November 1st
The ASAP Youth Internship Program is for:
Students in Winona County 9th grade and up (8th graders can apply but must have an especially stand-out application)
Students looking for volunteer or community service hours
Students looking to represent ASAP at sharing conferences, advocacy events, other trips related to youth leadership development and peer leadership
The Youth Internship Program is a leadership development program for middle and high school students in Winona County. A handful of students are selected each Fall to be Youth Interns for an academic year. It is an excellent way for students to gain volunteer and leadership experience AND make a real impact in their community!
The program provides Youth Interns with training and opportunities to lead their own service projects and events. It was created so students can take the lead but still receive guidance from community leaders.
The Youth Internship Program provides students with service hours and experiences for college applications or resumes. Youth Interns lead and participate in the following activities:
-Outreach & advocacy
-Community service projects
-Leadership skills development
Expectations: Participation is a 7 month-long (November to June) involvement period. Students may apply to intern as many times as they wish. Expected that interns fulfill minimum program requirements as listed, lead and mentor peers/younger students.
Incentives: Gift Cards, leadership development training, optional and no-cost summits/workshops/conference trips, resume building, volunteer opportunities in the community, guidance over community service project(s), potential letter of recommendation written by the Program Coordinator.
Average monthly involvement requirement ranges from 1-3 hours per month. Students hoping to get more hours than that most definitely will have the opportunity to do so, but are not required to add on extra hours as long as Intern duties are be fulfilled.
Youth Interns typically have first dibs on fully funded leadership/advocacy summits to MN Capitol and Nation’s Capitol in D.C.
Youth Interns are required to do the following to successfully complete a Youth Internship Session:
Complete at least 1 service project and 1 event from list provided
Pick something that is just outside your comfort zone
Pick something you can present about to a group
Can create own project or event with ASAP Board approval
Attend Youth Council Meetings (1 per month) and participate in group activity
Keep track of your volunteer hours
Serve as a role model for your school and ASAP
Agree (pledge if applicable) to not use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Students may choose from the list or create their own project with approval of ASAP Staff.
See examples below:
Give educational presentation(s) to younger students about vaping or other substance misuse
(GR8 Kids elementary, underclassmen, Middle School)
Tabling event at school athletic event
Video for adults explaining vaping suspension alternative
Tabling event at elementary school Parent Conferences (November)
Create a vaping-prevention poster campaign
Tabling event at WMS Parent Conferences (February)
Give a presentation to school or county board about flavored tobacco concerns
Create and lead an activity at YMCA Teen Night
Create a “My Life My Quit” campaign
Organize a Data Party
Participate in Tobacco Compliance Checks (15 years old+)
National RX Drug Take Back Day (April)
Create an alcohol-prevention poster campaign
Day at the MN Capitol (March)
Create a “Talk They Hear You” campaign for parents
Help facilitate a youth gathering
Organize “Sticker Shock” operation with volunteers and 5 liquor stores
Create a prevention-related radio ad