BAMN Summer Leadership Project

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Summer Leadership ProjectThe Summer Leadership Project Internship (SLP) is an invaluable youth leadership opportunity for young scholars and activists (middle school through college) sponsored by the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN).

It takes place every summer in Detroit, Michigan from June to July. Students from across the country participate in intensive political education and field work training in education and social justice. The young people who complete this program become better prepared to lead today’s new civil rights movement, thus learning history by making history.Summer Leadership Project alumni have gone on to successful academic careers (undergraduate, graduate, and law schools) at competitive and prestigious universities such as UC Berkeley and UCLA, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and Harvard.


“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Youth scholars study primary sources, including speeches and essays by historic civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Students take daily seminar classes and workshops where they examine the history of mass, egalitarian movements, from the Abolitionists to the present day. They also conduct hands-on training to learn how to organize grass-roots movements in the interest of public education, integration, and immigrant rights.

“I was inspired and learned so much from my internship. I met so many other people my age who feel the same way I do about changing the world!”– Tabrian Joe, SLP middle school and high school alum


International Curriculum and Scholars

The Summer Leadership Project has always had an international studies component. This summer, because more and more students throughout the world are leading movements for democracy and freedom, the leadership project will include an unprecedented number of international student leaders, including representatives from Uganda, Rwanda, Turkey, Central America, and China .

International youth leaders will exchange political lessons with American youth who have been leading local, statewide, and national movements for public education and civil rights.Sign up now for the Summer Leadership Project!

Costs include transportation ($500) and food. Housing will be provided. Scholarships will be available for students who need financial support.Contact usFor more information on BAMN’s Summer Leadership Project (SLP), contact BAMN using the comment form below.

Internship CalendarFirst 2 week session:June 23 – 30 Detroit, MichiganJune 30 – July 7 Chicago, Illinois• Second 2 week session*:July 8 – 24 Detroit, Michigan*International session• All 4 weeks session:June 23 – July 24


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