High School Student
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.
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!
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:
2. One Letter of Reference – from an employer, teacher, or academic supervisor - someone who can speak to your skills, passion, dedication, work ethic, and interests.