Student Activity Fund

UU Faith in Action
Students Making a Difference in our Communities

SAF Internship Spring Semester 2018 Announcement and Forms
SAF Winter Break Internship Program Forms - '17-18
SAF Brochure ('17)
SAF Application (New Students) - '17/18
SAF Application (Returning Students) - '17/18
SAF - Student Essays (Summer '17)

What is SAF all about?
The purpose of the Student Activity Fund is to encourage young Unitarian Universalists to live their religious values through internships in social action, advocacy and service provision.

SAF is a grant-program funded by the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock that enables high school seniors and college students to perform significant service to the community while earning money to help finance their education.

Will I receive payment for my work?
The number of hours that you can work through SAF is set at the beginning of the grant year, based on the number of students participating and the amount of money available to the SAF.

Award amounts are subject to change, but recently have been calculated at $9.00 per hour of service for high school students and $10.00 per hour for college students, and increases to $11.00 per hour once a participant has worked a total of 500 hours through the SAF Program.

Who can participate in SAF?
To participate in the Student Activity Fund Program, you must:
• Be entering your senior year of High School in the Fall of the internship year


• Be a full time undergraduate college or trade school student, gap year student, or immediate summer post graduation


• Be between ages 16 and 24 on June 1 of the year of application

• Be a member or child of member in good standing of a Long Island Unitarian Universalist Congregation for at least one year

• Have received no more than four previous annual SAF grants

What must I do to participate?
Submit application to the SAF Coordinator no later than April 22nd for participation beginning that summer.

Attend Annual SAF Orientation Workshop, held at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in late May and Leadership Training Workshop in late July.

Choose Internship site, which must be approved by SAF Coordinator before you begin working.

• Make sure agency submits an evaluation of your work at the end of each work period.

• Write and submit a report evaluating your experience at end of each work period.

What does the participating agency have to do?
• Taking into account intern’s experience and abilities, structure a meaningful, hands-on internship and complete required SAF paperwork before student begins work.

• Provide adequate training, if needed, and ongoing supervision

• Provide safe working environment

• Share the agency’s mission and its role in society with intern

• Complete and return supervisor’s evaluation at conclusion of internship

As an SAF intern what must I do?
• Provide agency with SAF forms and obtain approval for internship from SAF coordinator before start of internship.

• Display the values of Unitarian Universalism in your behavior while at work

• Connect internship experience to UU values in written essay

• Complete SAF paperwork in a timely fashion, & provide feedback about your internship to SAF Coordinator


Here are some of the types of organizations at which you may intern:
• Agencies offering counseling and advocacy in fair housing, domestic violence and abuse
• Soup kitchens and homeless shelters
• Head Start programs, day care centers, community camp programs or shelters offering programs for disadvantaged children
• Hospitals and public nursing homes
• Environmental agencies
• Literacy and English as a Second Language programs
• Organizations that Work with children and adults with special needs
• Reproductive health care providers or organizations
• Agencies advocating resistance to injustices



To receive funding for work done through SAF, the intern must choose a non-profit agency whose goals are:

Directly aimed at alleviating inequity, injustice and discrimination, or which encourage the formulation and implementation of public policies promoting world peace or ecological responsibility


Designed to preserve and protect civil liberties


Related to the direct provision of needed services to disadvantaged sectors of society

Although many students participate in the SAF Program while at home during the summer, it is also possible to choose to work anywhere in the world, provided the agency meets one of the above qualifications. You may work in more than one qualified agency. While primarily a summer program, students may work part-time during the academic year when sufficient funding exists.

How was the experience for past participants?
Click here to read their 2017 essays.
Click here to read their 2016 essays - Group 1.
Click here to read their 2016 essays - Group 2.
Click here to read their 2015 essays.
Click here to read their 2014 essays
Click here to read their 2013 essays.

For more information, please contact:
Diane Cohen, SAF Coordinator
(917) 992-0137