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Attention Students: We Are Looking for a Work Study Intern!

Are you a work study eligible student?
Are you interested in developing programs for youth of color?
Are you passionate about social justice and equity for all?

If yes, apply for a 21 Progress work study position today.

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About 21 Progress:

21 Progress seeks to foster the talented leadership of youth of color in our community while providing living wage jobs. Through popular education, civic engagement and arts & culture, 21 Progress assists emerging leaders – especially young adults and immigrants – to claim their place in building a more just society and reaching their dream. Be apart of our young diverse team of passionate activist and change leaders today.

21 Progress takes a progressive stance in an effort to dismantle traditionally harmful non-profit practices. We aim to give all of our interns a collaborative experience that they find valuable, and provide opportunities for education, not just service.

Learn more about 21 Progress or meet our staff here.

Intern Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with the Director of Programs to strengthen current programs and develop new ones
  • Think critically to conceptualize and implement project plans
  • Work with a team to actively build exciting and innovative programs
  • Facilitate, organize, and run workshops and related programs
  • Support administrative and logistical needs
  • Research available programs and resources to build knowledge and understanding
  • Support 21 Progress staff as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Eligible for work study
  • Has experience or is passionate about serving diverse communities and multi-cultural liberation
  • Interested in social justice, enjoys learning about, building deep consciousness, and engaging in conversations around contemporary social justice issues
  • Able to take direction quickly and effectively; works well with minimal instruction, can execute on the go, and meets deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Proficient in Office Suite: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.

Educational Benefits:

  • Gain hands on experience and contribute to the progressive social justice movement
  • Gain project management and collaboration experience and with activist, students, and community organizers
  • Work and learn directly from passionate young professionals who are committed to your development
  • Meet other passionate, young volunteers and professionals
  • Monthly potlucks, lunch and learns, and other leadership development opportunities

Compensation: $12-$13/hour

Application Deadline: Monday November 28th, 2016

How to Apply: Submit your resume & cover letter to Marissa Vichayapai (



Young Leaders Rise Up: TXT 4 JUSTICE

Seth_MayDay-3The Problem

Mikaela is sixteen years old and she works at a well known Seattle mall for her first summer job. She was unaware that the minimum wage is currently $10.50 an hour instead of the $7.25 national average that she is getting paid. She deserves to know — and we want to help. Unfortunately, every single day wage theft among young workers occurs. According to the Economy Policy Institute, in three major cities the combined wage theft was nearly $3 billion dollars for low income jobs.

The Solution

Our economic justice project this summer is Young Leaders Rise Up TXT-4-JUSTICE. Seattle has passed some of the best laws for workers: wage theft protection, ban the box, paid sick leave, but laws don’t work if we don’t know about them.

This campaign is an easy friendly text messaging program that informs young workers, ages 16 to 24, of their rights at work. We want young folks to have access to the laws that impact them, their families and community. I believe access is power.

You can find our team at Southcenter Mall, Capitol Hill, Seattle University, University of Washington, Seattle Street Food Fair, and Seattle Center and your next community event. We are on a mission to meet young folks where they live, work, and play. We are at 200 young leaders who know and your support will get us at 500 young folks served by Young Leaders Rise Up.




We encourage you to sign up for our Young Leaders Rise Up by texting                                               “GO” to (206) 900 – 9569

Calling for Artists!


Mission: 21 Progress is calling artists to submit a piece of their artwork to our new Social Justice Art Gallery! This gallery will be comprised of various visual art pieces that reflect the community of 21 Progress and create conversation and action around various social justice issues such as immigration, deportation, police brutality, environmental justice, economic justice and worker’s rights and more to reflect the communities we come from and serve – communities of color, youth, immigrants and undocumented youth and families.

Art Lending Library
The purpose of the lending library is to bring creativity and vision into our movement, implement art equity by supporting art activists and providing art to the community. From the gallery showcase, two artworks will be selected and purchased for community members to check out and bring into their homes or chosen spaces to make reflective and critical art more accessible.

Who is 21 progress?

21 Progress provides programs that empower leaders among the hard working people of Washington and advances bold ideas for economic and social justice. Through popular education, civic engagement and arts & culture, 21 Progress assists emerging leaders – especially young adults and immigrants – to claim their place in building a more just society and reaching their dream.

How the Lending Library Works
The artwork submitted will be evaluated by a panel of community members in deciding which pieces best reflect and engage members to critically explore art and social justice issues.
Two pieces will be selected among the art selected for the gallery.

Check out: come to 21 Progress office and check out for one month and re-rent for an additional month if wanted by filling out our contact forms.
Return: Art must be returned to the office in same conditions after one month other members to check out art as well.

Prints & Publicity
Artwork will also be evaluated by a 21 Progress panel for a prize in which the artists (up to three) will receive prints of their artwork to sell and publicly advertise on the 21 Progress website and other media outlets.

Art Submission Requirements

  • Visual art: illustration, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and video
  • Social justice oriented
  • Sizing: 7×11” minimum to 3 ft. maximum
  • Indicate sizing in submission and whether you have framing preferences
  • Must provide a paragraph description of art piece and how it connects to mission
  • Submissions must be made with subject line “Name Social Justice Art Submission” by July 13, 2016
  • All images must be in JPEG format (.jpg) or videos on vimeo or youtube select 3-5 minutes section for review. Each image file name must be named as follows: artist’s Last name First name_Title of piece (GuerrierMozart_21ProgressFamily)
  • Artist must submit their own original work (no more than two)
  • Specify any materials needed for gallery

Artist Requirements

  • Up and coming and professional artists
    If selected, artist must bring art to 21 Progress’s office prior to gallery event
  • Artists selected are encouraged to attend gallery


  • Artists are eligible for both panel prizes
  • Community panel 1st prize winner receives $100
  • Community panel 2nd prize winner receives $75
  • 21 Progress panel will win a prize of prints of their artwork for publicity on our website
  • All artists in gallery will have their piece showcased along with name and information for community members to contact artists for purchases
  • All submissions are eligible to win both prizes
  • Sharing your talents to build power through art!
  • All artists selected will be able to gain revenue or prints/publicity (via gallery and/or media) for their artwork

Artists to consider: 21 Progress will be curating the art lending library however borrowers will have autonomy over art when it is in spaces under our guidelines of return.

Deadlines: Art must be submitted by July 17 at 12:00pm to be considered.
The Social Justice Art Gallery Event will be July 21st at 6:00pm to showcase the artist’s work and reveal the prize winners and begin checking out from our first lending library!

To submit, upload your artwork using our form!

Contact or 206 829-8382 if you have any questions.
This project is made possible by the generous support of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.OAC_logo[blue-rgb] (2)

International Examiner is Hiring Newspaper Distributors!

The International Examiner is seeking young people who are interested and able to help distribute our community newspaper twice a month!

This is an awesome opportunity for young folks who are invested in the community to develop more connections. We would love to share this opportunity to people who are involved in the community or looking to get more involved!

The International Examiner is a nonprofit paper that has been serving Seattle’s Asian-Pacific Islander community since 1974. The print issue of the paper comes out on first and third Wednesdays and they need your help to get the news out into the community!

newspaperWhat are the benefits?

  • These delivery positions are PAID (routes range from $20-$70) and contract-based.
  • It’s a great opportunity for high school and college students (or recent graduates) looking to supplement their income without committing to regular part-time work.
  • Distribution can be physically demanding, but it’s also an excellent workout every other week!

Time Commitment:

  • 3 months or more


  • Valid work permits are required but they contract with DACAmented young folks as well!
  • Access to a car for the South End and West Seattle routes.

Contact Lexi Potter either by email at or by phone at 206.972.5125!

New Community Outreach Volunteer Position with FAIR!

21 Progress is seeking a Community Outreach Volunteer for FAIR!

Are you interested in getting experience in community building and organizing? Do you want to make a difference within your community?

Are you fluent in or have strong conversation ability in: Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tongan, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog, or Vietnamese?IMG_2163_i0uuhf

FAIR! Advocates at the ACT Conference with former Governor
Gary Locke and Aiko Schaefer.

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, help 21 Progress promote it’s FAIR! Fearless Asians for Immigration Reform Program within your own community!

The ideal Community Outreach Volunteer would be interested in community organizing work and be available to help table at events and feel confident speaking to strangers about our programs and services. If this sounds like you,  check out more information here!

unspecifiedSome of our amazing volunteers being activist and marching in the 2016 May Day Parade
for Immigrant and Workers Rights!

Perks and Impact:

  • Be on a team of young advocates who are working to make a difference in their community!
  • Gain skills around community building and organizing, as well as, communication.
  • Get hands on experience
  • Provide crucial help in connecting undocumented non-English speakers to much-needed social support services

Learn more here and apply now!

Note: A required four hour training and orientation will take place June 9th from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Please apply soon and RSVP to the event. 

For questions or comments or to RSVP, please email JoLee at

DAPA Reaches Supreme Court

US v. Texas has now reached the highest court in the nation. On April 18, 2016 the US Supreme Court heard the oral arguments of both sides of US v. Texas, the case that is the center of the fight for DAPA and Expanded DACA. This means that the Supreme Court listened to the reasoning behind why Texas and other States are suing the US Government. Texas and other States are claiming that creating the new programs, DAPA and Expanded DACA, would be too much of a financial burden. However, the Obama administration is arguing that DAPA and Expanded DACA would bring in revenue to the state because of taxes.

A decision from the Supreme Court on DAPA and Expanded DACA has yet to be made, but one should be expected in June 2016. Until then, what happens to DAPA and Expanded DACA will remain unclear, but there is good support for these programs.

In the meantime:

  • DACA is still in effect, so if you or someone you know might be eligible for DACA, get screened today by calling 206-579-1255 or visit
  • If you or someone you know might be eligible for DAPA or Expanded DACA get screened, save money, and start preparing your evidence (applications are not available yet).
  • If you are an advocate, you can spread the word and inform others of about this important issue. Share this fun and short video about what’s happening:

Past 21 Progress Posts on DAPA and Expanded DACA:

The Fight Isn’t Over. We’re Going To The Supreme Court – November 9, 2015 – Link

DACA/DAPA Delay: Here’s The Facts – March 23, 2015 – Link

Stay Focused, Keep Applying, Keep Fighting – February 2, 2015 – Link




關於這兩個項目, 最高法院還沒下發最終裁決, 但預計在2016年6月會有結果。在此之前,DAPA和DACA的前景還沒明朗,但關於這兩個項目我們還是受到一定的支持。


  • DACA依然有效,如果你或者任何你身邊認識的人有符合DACA條件的,請在今天致電206-579-1255,或者登錄 了解更多資訊。
  • 如果你或者你身邊認識的人符合DAPA或者DACA條件的人經過了篩選,積累存款,並且開始收集證據。
  • 如果你是代訟人,你可以跟身邊的人分享這個信息。同時可以觀看以下相關視頻:

以下是21 Progress關於DAPA和DACA擴展的貼文:
持續關注,繼續申請,共同抗爭 –2月2日,2015 –

抗爭還沒結束,我們正邁向高級法院 — 11月9日,2015 – Link

DACA/DAPA 延後: 這就是現狀 – 3月23日,2015 – Link


한국어 번역

미국 vs. 텍사스 건이 미국 대법원에 도달했습니다. 2016년 4월 18일, DAPA와 확장형 DACA 프로그램 논쟁의 중심에 있는 미국 vs. 텍사스 건의 피고와 양고는 연방 대법원에서 구두변론 했습니다. 이것은 연방 대법원이 연방정부를 고소한 텍사스 주와 다른 주의 논리를 들었다는 뜻입니다. 이 주들은 DAPA와 확장형 DACA 프로그램을 시작하는 것이 큰 재정적 부담을 가져온다고 주장했습니다. 그러나, 오바마 정부는 DAPA와 확장형 DACA 프로그램의 세금으로 인한 주 정부 예산 증가를 주장했습니다.

아직 DAPA와 확장형 DACA 프로그램에 대한 연방 대법원의 결정은 내려지지 않았지만 2016년 6월 까지는 결정이 내려질 것이라 예상됩니다. 그때까지 프로그램의 존속여부는 불확실하나 많은 프로그램 지지자가 있습니다.


  • DACA 프로그램은 아직도 유효합니다. 만약 주변에 DACA 프로그램에 적격인 사람이 있으면 206-579-1255 또는 에서 확인하세요
  • 주변에 DAPA 또는 확장형 DACA 프로그램에 지원 할 사람이 있으면 지원자격 확인, 저축 및 증거수집을 시작하세요 (지원서는 아직 이용 할 수 없습니다)
  • 만약 당신이 대변자라면, 이 프로그램들에 관련 정보를 퍼뜨려 주세요.  짧고 유익한 비디오를 공유하세요:

DAPA 와 확장형 DACA 프로그램에 관한 21 Progress 포스트:

계속 노력하고,  신청하고, 논쟁하세요 – 2015년 2월 2일 – Link

아직 끝나지 않았습니다. 대법원으로 갑니다 – 2015년 11월 9일 – Link

DACA/DAPA 지연: 이슈관련 사실 – 2015년 3월 23일 – Link

Confessions of a Formerly Undocumented Youth

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, had the courage to come out of the shadows and share his story of being undocumented (  This week New American Media shared another inspiring story of a young Filipino, Anthony Ng, who stepped out of the shadows with President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. You can read the full article here.

The story of Anthony’s family is one that anybody who has faced hardship in their life can relate to:
“The older Ngs only had a high school education and no professional skills to compete in the already overcrowded labor sector. The Philippine economy in the late 1990s was in turmoil, devastated by natural calamities and political strife, and unemployment was at an all-time high.

‘If you’re a responsible parent, the only way out from seeing your young driven to such a miserable existence is to get out. That defines the choices for many overseas workers,’ says Anthony.”