Youth Peace Leaders

Social Fabric Initiative Youth Peace Leader Job Description

High School Student

What is the Social Fabric Initiative?

The Social Fabric Initiative (SFI) is a program of the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School. SFI provides opportunities to build collaborative youth networks and develop problem-solving skills so that youth emerge as leaders and changemakers, prepared to reshape the world in which we live.

We Want YOU!

High school student Youth Peace Leaders working with the Social Fabric Initiative will gain peace leadership training, and college and career-ready skills and experiences. Youth Peace Leaders will spend the summer designing, implementing and reflecting on a community change project while collaborating with a diverse team of peers over the course of the summer. Skills and real world experiences include: project and budget management, human centered design, networking, growth and entrepreneurial mindsets, and guidance on how to use SFI on your resume and in a bio, and talk about it in an interview.

High school Youth Peace Leaders are expected to commit to 10 hours a week.  All Youth Peace Leaders are required to attend the Pre-Launch, Launch, and Summit Events and all skill-building workshops and trainings. With the exception of these mandatory commitments, the remaining hours will be coordinated within the groups (Threads) themselves.

Mandatory commitments will be shared as soon as they are all finalized!

What are We Looking for in a Youth Peace Leader?

  • Strong interest in peacebuilding, community relations, and changemaking.
  • Experience and/or strong interest working with youth and peer leadership.
  • Passion for learning and leading, and environmental and social justice issues.
  • Super committed to the program and their own personal growth and betterment.
  • Team​ ​player​ ​with​ ​a​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​seeing​ ​a​ ​project​ ​through​ ​to​ ​successful​ ​conclusion.
  • Strong​ ​interpersonal​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​working​ ​in​ ​an​ ​intercultural​ ​environment. Self-starter​ ​with​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​work​ ​independently​ ​and​ ​in​ ​a​ ​team.
  • Self-starter​ ​with​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​work​ ​independently​ ​and​ ​in​ ​a​ ​team.

What Will You Learn as a Youth Peace Leader?

  • Develop confidence through project design and implementation.
  • Find your strengths by collaborating with a small, diverse team.
  • Do meaningful work to build stronger communities with driven students just like you.
  • Network with local organizations and field-based mentors.
  • Build and apply college and career-ready skills that universities and employers want to see.
  • Show the world you made a difference in your local community.

How to Apply:

Applications are currently closed. Please contact for more details.

You will need to complete the application and submit the following documents.

1. Statement of Interest:ESSAY or VIDEO –​ ​Essay​ ​is​ ​500-word​ ​maximum​ ​and​ ​video​ ​is​ ​2​-minute maximum.​ ​​Choose​ ​one​ ​of​ ​these​ ​methods​​ ​to​ ​demonstrate​ ​to​ ​us​ ​your​ ​interest​ ​in​ working with ​the Social Fabric Initiative. Include the following in your essay or video:

  • What you hope to gain from collaborating with SFI for the summer ​and​ ​how​ ​the experience will​ ​apply​ ​to your​ ​career​ ​and/or​ ​educational​ ​interests.​
  • A list of social justice issues that you are passionate about ​and​ briefly describe a potential change project idea that you have.
  • Relevant​ ​experience​ ​or skills you​ ​have​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​to​ ​the​ ​table.

2. One Letter ofReference​ ​–​ ​​from an employer, teacher, or academic supervisor - someone who can speak to your skills, passion, dedication, work ethic, and interests.

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