Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH)

This placement is with the Teens Lead @ Work program at the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH). MassCOSH strives to ensure that all workers earn their living and return home alive and well. MassCOSH unites workers, unions and community groups with environmental and health activists, to end dangerous work conditions, to organize for safe, secure jobs, and to advocate for healthy communities. Through training, technical assistance and building community/labor alliances, MassCOSH mobilizes its members and develops leaders in the movement to end unsafe work conditions.

Teens Lead @ Work provides an empowering environment where teens develop their organizing skills, reach out to other teen workers, and promote safe, healthy work opportunities as well as strong enforcement of child labor laws. The program builds bridges among native-born, documented and undocumented teens in the fight for young worker rights.

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Proposed responsibilities include:

  • Supporting young workers' efforts to research and identify issues of concern to them in the workplace and in their community
  • Bringing youth together with their peers to discuss their concerns and to learn about work issues through the lenses of gender, race, and ethnicity
  • Engaging teens in organizing strategies to address their concerns and foster young workers and environmental justice activists
  • Informing Peer Leaders about the legislative process, and helping them understand how everyone has the power to implement laws given the right tools
  • Creating polished, confident peer educators that are incredibly effective in reaching out and teaching other teens
  • Other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor