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Monday, August 04, 2008

Swing Semester

I heard about an awesome program this morning on The Young Turks radio show - Swing Semester. The group places progressive college students with host families in swing states, provides free room and board, and assists them in gaining employment while they are there. Clicking either screenshot in this post will take you directly to their site:

From their website:

The shared mission of Swing Semester and Swing Semester Civics is to build progressive citizens whose life-long ownership of the American political system goes beyond affiliation with any party, candidate, or issue.

Swing Semester, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, rides the energy around election cycles to support young people in taking history into their own hands. We provide a bridge from interest to action for progressive college students, recent graduates, and other young adults. Through job counseling, social events, and individual on-the-ground support, Swing Semester enables young progressives to experience political activism in the context of community.

Swing Semester Civics, our sister 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, nurtures critical thinking and builds community among progressives in swing state communities. It organizes educational and networking events for swing state voters and supports the leadership development of young people engaged in progressive efforts in those communities.

Swing Semester 2008, a joint program of these two entities, will operate in select cities this fall. Visit our map to see our current program locations.

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