Social Justice Leadership Grant for Youth Law
Addressing the Social Sector Leadership Challenges
One of the biggest challenges facing nonprofits today is their dearth of strong leaders – a problem that’s only going to get
worse as the sector expands and baby boom executives retire. Over the next decade nonprofits will need to find some
640,000 new executives, nearly two and a half times the number currently employed.
Thomas J. Tierney, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2006
This grant enhances the Center for Social Justice and Public Service’s ability to fulfill its mission and
prepare the next generation of public service attorneys by working strategically with nonprofit
organizations. Many law students are interested in social justice but resources for internships remain
limited and lack of compensation often represents a barrier to student participation. The lack of public
service training programs designed to attract, mentor, and retain talented men and women for social
sector leadership poses another challenge.
The Center for Social Justice and Public Service (CSJ) has partnered with the Youth Law Center,
(YLC) a San Francisco leader in children’s and juvenile justice law (www.ylc.org), to offer an
exceptional leadership training opportunity for SCU law students. With funding from the John &
Marcia Goldman Foundation, two SCU law students will be selected to engage in advocacy to
improve the quality of care for children and families involved with the juvenile justice and child welfare
systems. Envisioned as a leadership training experience conducted over the calendar year, the pilot,
beginning in May 2009, will include an orientation process, a summer internship, and continuing
research under the supervision of CSJ and YLC staff during the academic year.
The grant applications are due by noon on Monday, March 16, 2009, at the Center for Social
Justice and Public Service.
The overall time commitment: Summer – 35-40 hours for 10 weeks, Academic year – 12-15 hours
per week. Summer hours will be largely spent at YLC with school year hours flexibly managed on
campus and at YLC.
Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated nonprofit or personal experience in the foster
care or juvenile justice systems.
The total award amount for the summer and school year combined is up to $15,000 per student.
Applicants who do not receive this award will be considered for the Public Interest & Social Justice
Endowment Summer Grant to fund summer work, but must indicate a proposed placement.
Santa Clara University School of Law
Center for Social Justice and Public Service
3rd Floor Bannan Hall, 500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California 95053-0425
Social Justice Leadership Grant for Youth Law
Local Mailing Address __________________________________________________________________
City __________________________ State ____________ Zip Code ________________
Address for Funds to be sent to in June 2009________________________________________________
City _________________________ State _____________ Zip Code ________________
Home Phone ( ) _____________________ Alternate Phone ( ) ____________________________
E-Mail Address _______________________________________________________________________
Anticipated date of graduation _________ Social Security No. ____________________
Please attach the following additional materials to this application:
1) A personal statement detailing (2-3 pages maximum):
Why you would like to work at the Youth Law Center (YLC) and on youth related projects?
Describe your non-profit or personal experience with the foster care or the juvenile justice
YLC engages in various forms of advocacy focusing on several different issues and projects.
Based on the material contained in the website, what issues or projects interest you most
and what forms of advocacy do you think are best suited to your interests and talents?
What type of work will you seek after graduation? Describe how the YLC internship will
prepare you for non-profit leadership roles.
Explain how your commitment to this year-long internship (full-time summer work and
12-15 hours per week during the academic year) supports your educational and career
Explain your financial need and why you would be unable to accept this internship either as a
volunteer or for very low-pay.
2) A copy of your resume with references that highlights your qualifications to carry out the project.
3) A copy of your law school transcript.
4) If you want this application to be considered for a Public Interest and Social Justice Endowment
Summer Grant, in the event that you do not receive this grant, please submit page one of the Public
Interest and Social Justice Endowment Summer Grant application by noon on March 16, 2009.
Did you apply for financial aid for the 2008-09 academic year? Yes ___No___
If yes, do you authorize the Center for Social Justice and Public Service to have access to your
University financial aid file? Yes _______ No _______
All the information on this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. If asked by the
Center for Social Justice and Public Service, I agree to provide proof of the information provided on this
Applicant’s Signature Date