Policy and Advocacy
Our Approach to Policy & Advocacy
We're eliminating barriers and improving the educational landscape for young men of color through leadership building, advocacy, and grassroots organizing.
IYT Public Policy Internship
Cultivating the next generation of leaders.
Receive professional mentorship.
Develop a highly desired skillset in policy and communications.
Earn up to a $2,000 Stipend.
The IYT Public Policy Internship Program is a paid, 6 or 12-week internship that provides a unique opportunity for young men of color to learn about government, policy-making, community organizing, and advocacy. Every year, we recruit interns from high school, community college,
and 4-year colleges universities.
This program provides an opportunity for our young, talented, and intelligent brothers to develop foundational communication and analytical skills that are necessary for them to thrive in real office settings. In addition, interns participate in weekly educational seminars, training, brown bags, career exploration trips, and complete a policy research project.
Policy Interns are assigned a mentor in their placement office who may serve as their professional development coordinator, life coach, and role model. Mentors are the most important component of the internship because they help cultivate and refine the skills of these young men to prepare them for a life of learning, advocacy, and success.
Working together with local leaders and organizations such as My Brother's Keeper and the Sierra Health Foundation, IYT is leading the 1300 Campaign toward the goal of dramatically increasing college enrollment for young men of color through systematic policy change. The 1300 Campaign calls to permanently transform systems that have historically limited young men of color’s opportunities with an emphasis on marginalized neighborhoods and schools.
Since its launch on September 17, 2020, the campaign has successfully convened and activated Sacramento-based CBOs, business executives, K-12 Superintendents, higher education presidents, and elected officials to strategize, organize, and implement the campaign’s strategic priorities.
The campaign will target implementation efforts in seven highest-need communities in Sacramento County impacted by race-based disparities in education, health, economic conditions, and community violence as identified by Sacramento County Blue Ribbon Commission Report (2013).
The Brotherhood Action Committee (BAC)
Make a difference in your community!
Build skills in activism, policymaking, and community organizing
Earn $500 stipend
Improve Your Tomorrow's Brotherhood Action Committee (BAC) is an informed group of multi-generational IYT Brothers, ranging from middle school to college, that organize and advocate for justice-based goals that improve the life outcomes for boys and young men of color. The BAC is the backbone of IYT's organizing efforts, which leverages the collective voice of our diverse community to influence progressive change.
The BAC plays a key role in helping develop, introduce, and establish policies that aim to eliminate the systemic barriers that hinder the advancement of boys and men of color.
Still frame from a live poll during a Brotherhood Action Committee Meeting.
We're tracking bills that align with our mission of closing the college opportunity gap for young men of color. See a bill you support? Call your state legislators and let them know!
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