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Youth Action Team Internship

Community | Spirituality | Justice | Power

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center offers female identifying high school juniors and seniors an opportunity called Youth Action Team Internship! During an academic year, our interns learn about the principles of community organizing through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching and engage in building their own social movement around an issue facing the youth of Seattle.

Built on the belief that everyone can be a leader in their community, this internship offers formation and workshops to elevate the leadership gifts of each student. Throughout the internship, students cultivate deep relationship with one another and the community, learn about their own identity and the identities of their peers, engage in diverse spiritual practices, and learn how to work as a team of community organizers. The main goal of the co-facilitators of this internship is that all elements are student-centered. Meaning, the program always factors the needs, concerns, and interests of students into its development and curriculum. The purpose of this method is to ensure that every intern leaves each session believing they are powerful and capable of social change!

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Past Projects and Movements


Rep Smith Town Hall 2022 visit
In support of the Philippine Human Rights Act, YATI attending a town hall meeting with the Seattle Filipino community.

The 2021-2022 interns collectively discerned that working on a project to address racism within Seattle both honored the issues they heard from community members and their own identities. In partnership with the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, the interns collaborated to plan and implement a townhall meeting with Representative Adam Smith, which allowed Filipinos to share their concerns about militarization in the Philippines and demand Rep. Smith support the Philippine Human Rights Act.

2023-23 YATI group
YATI and leaders celebrating their accomplishments of social changes within their schools, at the IPJC Spring Benefit.

After listening to over 100 Seattle community members, the interns determined that racism and ableism were deeply impacting their peers. The Youth Action Team Interns took action for social change by sharing their own experiences of racism and ableism with their peers, parents and Catholic school leaders through a public narrative social action called At the Table. Through their courageous stories, research, and list of demands, the interns challenged Catholic schools to reform their practices to become more inclusive and accessible. As a result, one school hired a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Many schools formed DEI student committees, developed new school schedules that allowed for later start times, and reformed their curriculum and grading practices to be more equitable.

Way Of Sorrow - ceasefire group 2024
YATI students lead stations of the cross promoting just peace in Israel and Gaza, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle.  

This year our fellows (second-year interns) were compelled to take action for permanent ceasefire after bearing witness to the increasing violence and death in Israel and Gaza. They began by building a Catholic High School Student Coalition for Social Change. Then, the coalition planned an education discussion and vigil. In partnership with Pax Christi, the fellows and their coalition hosted a multi-generational education discussion and student led panel for members of the community to learn more about the history of Israel and Palestine, as well as how to take action to promote just peace in Israel and Gaza. On March 29th, the fellows led a social justice version of the stations of the cross called the Way of Sorrow. The community reflected, prayed, raised their voices in solidarity, and challenged representatives through a list of demands to take social action for permanent ceasefire.

While the fellows planned action around ceasefire, the interns (first-year students) began building a movement to promote positive mental health for Gen Z. The interns hosted small group meetings to discuss mental health and mental illness with their peers. Information from these meetings is being used for research and to build a proposal for the Archdiocese of Seattle to implement solutions created by the interns to help Gen Z and future generations’ mental health thrive. The interns will present their proposal for positive mental health initiatives to the Archdiocese at the end of May.

Program Commitment

STARTING DATE: Fall 2024 Through Spring 2025

WHO: Incoming Female Identifying High School Juniors and Seniors

HOURS COMMITMENT: 3 hours per week. Schedules will be determined after interviews are completed and based on interns’ availability.

COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT: Small stipend & 50 community service hours OR 100 community service hours.
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For questions about Youth Action Team Internship or the application process, please email Sarah Pericich-Lopez at


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Application for the 2024-2025 School Year deadline: JUNE 3, 2024

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