Brown Fund for Youth Social Justice Training
Follen youth ages 25 or younger are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Sally & Dennis Brown Fund for Youth Social Justice Training for summer 2016 programs offered by the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) and for other social justice training programs consistent with the principles of Unitarian Universalism.
Interested Follen youth who apply for and are accepted to a UUCSJ summer program are eligible to apply for funding from the Brown Fund. Applications for scholarships to participate in other social justice training programs consistent with UU principles also will be considered. Follen youth are encouraged to apply to participate in programs together. The application form can be downloaded here.
2016 UU College of Social Justice Summer Programs
For youth who attended high school during the 2015–2016 school year:
- Activate Boston: Climate Justice, July 9 to 17, applications due to UUCSJ by May 9.
- Activate a Pre-General Assembly Event, June 22 in Columbus, Ohio.
- Activate Tucson: Immigration Justice, July 23 to 31, applications due to UUCSJ by May 23.
- Activate New Orleans: Racial Justice & Beloved Community, July 30 to August 7, applications due to UUCSJ by May 30.
For young adults ages 18–25:
- Global Justice Summer Internships – 6-12 week summer internships with partner organizations at both US-based and international sites. The priority deadline for application is Sunday, February 7, 2016. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after that point.
About the Brown Fund
The Brown Fund was established by the Follen Social Justice Action Team in 2014 to celebrate the many contributions of Sally and Dennis Brown to the social justice work of Follen Community Church over more than 30 years. The Brown Fund provides scholarships to support young people from Follen in learning about social justice issues and processes for effecting change, consistent with the principles of Unitarian Universalism.
The Brown Fund is supported by generous contributions from the members and friends of Follen. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Brown Fund Committee members DRE Debra Zagaeski, Lisa Snellings, Nancy Alloway, or Anne Schauffler at BrownFund@follen.org.
2015 Brown Fund Award: City School 2015 Summer Leadership Program
Follen youth Riley Hellinger, a junior at Lexington High School, was awarded a Brown Fund Scholarship to participate in the City School 2015 Summer Leadership Program to join high school students from Boston’s diverse neighborhoods and surrounding communities and suburbs to explore common bonds, and engage in seven weeks of intensive seminar learning, service work, and community action projects. Learn more about the City School 2015 Summer Leadership Program here.
2014 Brown Fund Awards: Mississippi Civil Rights Journey
Follen youth Ben and Jon Current were the first recipients of Brown Fund scholarships. They joined their mother, Jane Current, and other UUs from around the country on the UUCSJ Mississippi Civil Rights Journey during the summer of 2014, the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. Read about their experiences here.