FYI Internship Opportunity

The Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI) is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization serving the youth (in grades 8-12) of the Ferguson community by encouraging  and engaging them to be active members of the community, develop programs as needed, and further communicate and partner with existing community youth programs.


We are looking for up to five (5) energetic, self-directed, and organized interns to work closely with the FYI Board of Directors and the Ferguson Youth Advisory Board to help implement and support FYI in accomplishing their  goals of developing a communication system to inform youth on programs; connecting youth organizations; expanding collaboration efforts; and coordinating a youth driven process.


  1. Business Case /  Strategic Planning – to update previous benchmarks and data associated with the strategic planning of the Ferguson Youth Initiative. This  would include researching local, regional, and national youth statistics, similar regional youth programs and applying this information to a strategic plan to further develop FYI.
  2. Youth Survey – to plan, organize and implement a youth survey for Ferguson and adjoining communities, leading to the development of a second youth forum.
  3. Youth Forum – to work with theFYI staff, Youth Advisory Boardand Board of Directorsto plan, organize and implement the second youth forum through which to gather input and direction from the youth in the community.
  4. Marketing / Communications – to review our existing forms of communicating to the youth, parents, and other stakeholders and determine if there is a better and/or more efficient path;  Assist FYI with ongoing development of communications and marketing responsibilities including but not limited to, social media.
  5. Programs – to help plan and facilitate FYI’s existing programs and help ensure that data is collected and maintained in such a fashion to determine its effectiveness and help with future funding; Provide assistance in administering pre- and post-assessment of FYI events.


  • Interest in youth engagement, community development, planning, business, education, public relations, or non-profits as a career path
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail; ability to organize and prioritize work to meet concurrent deadlines
  • A strong work ethic and can-do attitude
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness with a positive attitude
  • Basic computer skills, web site development and social media literacy is a plus


This is a part-time, non-paid internship with flexible hours (average 15-20 hours per week). Schedule to be determined in relation to the position. Position begins in September through mid December 2014.


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