The Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program at Hampshire College has been awarded a $240,000 grant over two years from the Ford Foundation to support youth leadership development projects that educate, mentor, and train new generations of reproductive rights activists and leaders.
Support by foundations and individual donors have made it possible for CLPP to provide educational and career opportunities for thousands of students and young professionals free of charge for 28 years.
Sixty to 75 students comprise the CLPP Student Group each year. The CLPP Student Group provides key organizing support for an annual conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom. More than 1,000 participants gather at Hampshire College for three days of education, networking, and inspiration. The 2009 conference was held April 3-5.
Among other youth leadership projects offered by CLPP are: an alumni fellowship that permits a recent graduate to work as a full-time staff member at CLPP; the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps internships, which offers Five College students and community college students in Holyoke, Springfield, and Greenfield paid employment opportunities in reproductive rights and other social justice organizations; the New Leadership Network Initiative for young professionals; and an intensive Summer Leadership Institute.
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