About Our Institute

[ *Due to the pandemic, we’ll be coming back with a new version of the Institute soon! We’ll keep you posted on our Instagram: @interactioninitiative ]

We are excited to launch our first InterAction Summer Institute for Young Black Indigenous and People of Color (YBIPOC) on May 19-23, 2020! The Institute will take place on the campus of Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN.

The InterAction Summer Institute will be a nurturing space and community to intentionally invest in our counter-narratives as Young People of Color for our own healing and the advancement of racial justice. In order to challenge systems of oppression, it is imperative that we dismantle the stories and narratives that perpetuate violence, hatred, and injustice towards ourselves and others. Therefore, we need to invest in YBIPOC to tell our stories, our counter-narratives, so that we may write themselves into the future and the present. We aim to cultivate the next generation of young Black, Indigenous, People of Color to become flourishing intersectional racial justice leaders, writers, and thinkers.

We will gather 10-15 young people from the Midwest region to attend the inaugural Institute. This Institute is perfect for YBIPOC who are passionate about decolonizing and reconstructing their own narratives; engaging in writing practices, amongst other exercises to develop their counter-narratives; learning from and within in a diverse and intersectional YBIPOC community; applying counter-narrative strategies to organizing, activism, art, writing, healing, and/or education.

Applications will open on Feb 20th and has been extended to March 25th, Wednesday, until Noon in Eastern Time.

InterAction is a YBIPOC led organization that designs programming specifically for YBIPOC.

Building Blocks

Our Institute led by InterAction staff and partners will be grounded in the following core areas. These core frameworks are meant to create an intentional space for growth, joy, and resistance. Over the course of five days we will have many opportunities to listen and learn from each other and the space around us. The Institute is the starting point for what will be an ongoing learning community for the Summer and Fall of 2020. The community will be a supportive space as you continue to develop and amplify your counter-narratives for racial justice.

  • Communal Living
    Fellows are invited to come together to model and practice radical equity within an intentional community.
  • Grounding in Our History
    Fellows will learn from InterAction staff and one another about racial justice history, intersectionality, and feminist values.
  • Writing Ourselves into Our Past, Present & Future
    Fellows will work on sculpting their counter-narratives so that we can write ourselves into existence.
  • Dreaming
    Fellows will envision our collective liberation and write ourselves into our future.
  • Healing & Restoring
    Fellows will connect to the giving and abundance of nature and community. In this process, we will engage our discomfort in order to grow.

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You should apply to become an InterAction Fellow if you:

  • Identify as either Black, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Latinx, and/or Multiracial.
  • Be between the ages of 18-26.
  • Live, work, or reside in the following regions: Chicago, South Bend (Priority). Or Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri.
  • Have an interest or experience in writing, sharing, and telling your own story through creative writing, journalism, poetry, and etc. as strategies for advancing racial justice and equity.
  • Have a desire to build a community with other young BIPOC at the Institute and beyond.
  • Be able to attend the full program.

If you still have questions about your eligibility, please email taeyin@interactioninc.org.

Program Cost

Accepted fellows will only need to pay a registration fee. The registration fee is on a sliding scale. To see the Institute sliding scale registration download more information.

If the registration cost is still prohibitive, additional scholarships are available to all participants who are in need. Full and partial scholarships are available. The cost of the program does not include travel to and from the Institute which will take place in Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana.

More on Program Cost

About InterAction Initiative Inc.

InterAction Initiative Inc. is a racial justice organization founded by and for Young People of Color (YPOC) in 2015. We build YPOC to resist, heal, and grow by centering the development of their own counter-narratives as a critical step towards advancing racial justice, inside and out. Our mission is to activate and advance young people of color and their counter-narratives to build a more just, inclusive, and equitable society. We believe counter-narratives, stories from people on the margins that have been erased and devalued, are a critical tool for undoing racism and systems of oppression. At InterAction, we provide a “counter-curriculum” to empower Young People of Color to cultivate their counter-narratives –undoing and unlearning the ways in which systems of oppression impact our lives & stories– and grow as the next generation of intersectional racial justice leaders.

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