Education Summer

Ed Summer is a  paid organizing internship from July 18 to August 31, 2022 for union advocates who want to gain knowledge and experience in building power for their local union.  

Each week is approximately 25 hours of work with a stipend and a unique focus each week. Applicants can apply for one, multiple, or all sessions. 

Member Engagement

July 18-21 and August 8-12

  • Worksite visits
  • One-on-one conversations
  • Strategic research and planning

Community Partners

July 25-29

  • Work directly with selected community partners to provide support

Higher Education Local Support

August 1-4, 8-11, and 15-19

  • Work with adjunct professors and grad students
  • Membership recruitment
  • One-on-one conversations
  • Help organize the Aspiring Educators chapter

Back to School

August 22-31

  • Help assist locals with back to school recruitment and engagement
  • Assist with data analysis



Community Partners Week

As part of the Ed Summer program, members of NEARI partnered up with three allied non-profit organizations as a unique way to engage with and serve local communities. They did a variety of activities for their community partner and the groups were happy to have them.

Towards an Anti-Racist North Kingstown

Towards an Anti-Racist North Kingstown (TANK) is an organization that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion among all residents in the town of North Kingstown. Member Joel Gluck helped TANK compile, organize, and prepare answers for grant writing from potential future funding sources. He also went door to door in local neighborhoods to inform community members and build awareness about the organization and to survey them about their own knowledge and experiences about local acts promoting intolerance targeted at people with different ethnicities and religions than their own. Promoting racial and social justice in our classrooms and communities has been one of NEA/NEARI’s strategic initiatives and we’re happy we could team up with this organization to promote their ideals.


Nonviolent Schools RI

NEARI members Maria Collins and Rosanna Campbell partnered up with Nonviolent Schools RI, an organization that offers trainings to teachers, administrators, and youth group leaders in nonviolence, modeled after the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This nonprofit has served local RI schools and groups for over ten years and recently completed their first- ever fundraiser through an art auction and, as are most nonprofits,  is always working to fund their important work. Hence, the NEARI interns were happy to help research and compile possible sources for future grants. In addition, to updating participants’ certificates, they also helped the executive director create and update a new survey given to training participants which will inform their teaching methods and ensure trainees have the tools they need to be successful in applying Kingian nonviolence in their school or youth group setting. Adults who create a peaceful and supportive environment, where all youth can thrive, enables children to be at their best- and this is something all children deserve.


The North Kingstown Food Pantry

Realizing the food insecurity that was present in their town, the founders of the North Kingstown Food Pantry have worked to provide the most fundamental need to their fellow citizens since 1981. It is run by a large crew of volunteers and is open Monday-Friday- member Lois Campion served there for every shift during community partners week. While there, she completed varied tasks including, food donation intake and sorting, weighing and inspecting food, stocking shelves and refrigerating perishables,, assisting clients in their shopping and bagging, and even helped with their “Produce Day” distribution and breakdown. The pantry was happy to have her and it is fitting for NEARI to provide and support community organizations who ensure their residents, most especially children, can flourish in schools because they receive proper nutrition outside of school hours. 


Access Your Member Benefits

Use the number on your membership card as your login for the Access Member Benefits program.

National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI)

99 Bald Hill Road
Cranston, RI 02920-2631

P: 401-463-9630
F: 401-463-5337

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