From the beginning, STAND has been youth-led, not only at the campus level, but also at the national level. We offer several levels and types of engagement. Members of our volunteer Managing Committee (MC) coordinate our Action Committees, develop STAND’s national advocacy focus areas, craft our public brand and messaging, and coordinate our grassroots organizing efforts. Managing Committee members work closely with Action Committees to develop our short- and long-term advocacy and grassroots organizing strategies, create educational materials, resources, and activities for our grassroots members, and work with partner organizations to advance shared goals.
STAND prioritizes inclusivity in our youth-led movement. We welcome submissions from all qualified applicants.
Action Committees aim to educate young people on issues related to a specific issue or conflict area, center voices of affected populations, and provide spaces for movement-building and political activism on each given issue. Committee members are welcomed at all levels of commitment, from those able to take one action a month, to those wanting to mobilize their communities, research policy options, and creatively fundraise for STAND’s work. You can take part in as little or as much as your schedule allows!
Current Action Committees include:
- East Turkistan (Xinjiang, China)
- United States
The Managing Committee reviews current and proposed topics for ACs and other issue areas each year. We welcome suggestions for additional topics from members.
Click here to access the Committee interest form. After you submit, an Outreach lead will contact you with information about next steps. We accept new members at any time!
State Advocacy Leads
STAND State Advocacy Leads (SALs) are the field organizers of the youth-led genocide prevention movement. SALs coordinate STAND’s grassroots advocacy strategy in their local community. They learn how to write and publish op-eds, meet with policymakers, engage local leaders and influencers, research current events around the world, and mobilize their community. Along with our governing Managing Committee, SALs are part of STAND’s Leadership Team.
Time Commitment: Approximately 5 hours per week during the academic year
- Attend monthly SAL team calls and occasional full Leadership Team calls
- Write op-eds and letters to the editor for campus and local newspapers
- Research areas of interest related to STAND focus regions, topics, and/or advocacy strategies
- Meet with local policymakers in-district or virtually
- Plan and host local educational, training, and/or fundraising events
- Contribute to STAND national campaign planning and implementation
- Mobilize community members to take urgent actions
STAND will provide trainings, toolkits, skills-building workshops, and peer mentors to support you in all of the above. We will work with you to set and meet your goals. SALs are also encouraged to participate in Action Committees and/or local chapters.
- Youth (age ~15-24) based in the United States for the duration of the academic year
- Excellent communication and writing skills
- Understanding of basic advocacy and campaign strategy
- Interest in the prevention of genocide and identity-based violence
- Ability to learn about state-specific policymaking processes
- Fill out this application and email a resume and short writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
Social Media Coordinator(s)
If you’re social media savvy, enjoy thinking about visual representations of activism, and want to make a tangible difference by engaging students in human rights advocacy, this is the position for you! As a Social Media Coordinator, you would be responsible for drafting posts for STAND’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat based on the latest #genprev news, STAND campaigns, and partner actions. Additionally, you would be expected to make engaging digital graphics like infographics or call-in scripts that can be shared with STAND’s constituency to make political involvement more appealing. Our Social Media Coordinators will work closely with Action Committee leads to create social media tools for campaigns, including sample posts for activists, graphics, and other shareable content.
Applications for the Social Media Coordinator are closed until Spring 2022.
Managing Committee (MC) Positions
The Managing Committee (MC) is comprised of STAND’s highest level activists, who oversee the Action Committees, develop national campaigns and programming, and run our outreach efforts. The MC is responsible for looking out for STAND’s long-term future, and making sure we’re effectively working towards our mission to end and prevent genocide and mass atrocities.
Applications for the Managing Committee are closed until Spring 2022.
As the visible leader of the STAND constituency and the supervisor of the Managing Committee (MC) and Action Committees, the Student Director (SD) makes sure all of the pieces fit together in STAND’s short-term and long-term organizational planning, campaign development and implementation, and outreach strategy. As SD, you will be responsible for facilitating internal MC discussions via Slack (our team communication platform) and weekly video calls, coordinating workflows for the implementation of national programming, working with Staff to plan national events such as MC retreats, and representing STAND at public speaking engagements. Working closely with STAND Staff, you’ll also play a key role in developing relationships with partner organizations and in fine-tuning STAND’s strategic plan.
Applications for Student Director are closed until Spring 2022.