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An Exciting Fellowship Program!

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s an exciting opportunity for students to gain in-depth experience with community development in New York City!

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is seeking applications for our Community Development Training Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Fellowship will train and mobilize youth to connect with careers in comprehensive community development, with a focus on how issues such as affordable housing, small business development, transportation, civil rights, policy advocacy, and environmental sustainability affect local Asian American communities.

Participants will learn about the field of community development from a variety of perspectives through interactive workshops, mentorship and internship placements.  Participants will build skills for community engagement and effective communication through completing a service-learning internship with a local community-based organization.

The Fellowship is open to all recent high school graduates and college students in the New York metropolitan area who have an interest in and commitment to community development, which includes the fields of urban planning, real estate, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, public policy, and community organizing, among others. A detailed description of the Fellowship is attached; and are also available on our website at

All interested applicants need to submit (1) the On-Line Application Form and (2) a Resume via email no later than October 29, 2012, at 5 PM.


Join the NYPIRG at BMCC on 10/16 to Fight Student Debt!

October 11, 2012 3 comments

Here’s an update on the upcoming news conference to highlight the crippling effect employment credit checks can have on college students and recent grads…

Believe it or not, according to a recent study, half of all graduates over the last five years are unemployed or underemployed. So between the anemic job market and the rising cost of higher education, more and more students and recent grads are struggling to pay off their student loan debt. And we have a lot of debt. Nationally, it adds up to over a trillion dollars. That’s more than our total credit card debt! Put it all together and you end up with what I like to call the student debt triple threat: a college education is more expensive than ever, students are mortgaging their futures to pay for it, and if they fall behind, they may not even be able to get a job thanks to the credit agencies. 

That’s why the New York Public Interest Research Group is holding an event at BMCC (199 Chambers Street  New York, NY 10007) on October 16th at 11:30am to speak out on behalf of students everywhere. So far, Council Members Brad Lander and Ydanis Rodriguez, a student who has been affected by this practice, and a member of the BMCC student government are scheduled to speak. As you can imagine, there’s still a whole lot to be done and they’d like to enlist your help!

Here are things you can do to ensure that the event is a resounding success:

  1. Invite people on Facebook. Here is a link to the event page: In order to send invitations must first “Join” the event.
  2. Help make signs! All day this Thursday (Oct. 11), NYPIRG has a storefront reserved at the Parsons School of Design’s Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery (66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street) in Manhattan. It’s part of a project called PDA, or Public Display of Action. The idea is that they can make signs for the event and passersby will be able to see them and see the signs as we make them, which in itself will be an advertisement for the campaign.  Go join! They’ll be there from 9am to 5pm.
  3. Help reach out to the media! Do you have good contacts with reporters who may want to cover the event? Please let the New York Public Interest Research Group know! Contact: 9 Murray Street
    New York (212) 349-6461; OR Andy Morrison, NYPIRG
  4. Attend the news conference next Tuesday, October 16th!