Our Inaugural Power Up Internship Program Cohort


This fall, BMP and SolidarityIs launched the Solidarity Semester, a five-week online program for young people to learn about movement building and solidarity. This year, youth have shown up on the streets, created invaluable digital resources, and shown up to vote in greater numbers than before. How do we nurture the energy and power harnessed this year to keep up the momentum? That’s where the Power Up Internship Program comes in. The Power Up program provides paid internships to young people who participated in the Solidarity Semester and places them with social justice organizations addressing the critical issues of our time, from racial justice to immigrant rights.

Building Movement Project and SolidarityIs are proud to present their inaugural Power Up Internship Program Cohort. It is composed of 21 compassionate youth matched with organizations engaged in social change at the local, state, and national level. Read below to hear from a few of the Power Up interns!

Our Power Up Internship Program Coordinator, Deborah Makari, captures the urgency of this program best:

“In a moment when young people may be struggling to find networks to plug into and opportunities to engage professionally, the Power Up Internship Program equips youth with tools, a grounding in nonprofit work, and a cohort of fellow interns equally passionate about social change work.”

Abdoulaye Ba is interning with African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs

Abdoulaye Ba is an aspiring public servant who started his undergraduate political science journey at Hillsborough Community College in Florida and Jackson State University (HBCU) in Mississippi. Given his personal, academic and professional experiences, Abdoulaye is eager to fight for Black and Brown undocumented immigrants in the U.S., as well as for economic and environmental justice for underrepresented communities.

Maya “Pebblz” Alfonso is interning with Asian Solidarity Collective

Maya “Pebblz” A. (she/her/hers) was born and raised on the traditional land of the Kumeyaay people. She is a B-girl, artist, and young organizer. Pebblz believes in continuously expanding her critical mindset and growing through life experiences. Her mission is to build solidarity with people of all generations and elevate community through art and action towards collective liberation.

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