Paid Internships at Cloud & Fire!

Cloud & Fire is looking for two AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members for the coming 2016-2017 school year. VISTA is a national program in which individuals commit to a year-long term of full-time service at a nonprofit organization. VISTAs are dedicated to building an organization’s capacity to serve the community by creating new systems or improving existing ones. The member receives biweekly stipends and an education award at the end of their service year to be used toward paying off student loans or furthering their education.

See what our current and previous VISTAs have to say about their time serving at Cloud & Fire:

” Serving at Cloud & Fire has allowed me to come out of my shell and be more outspoken. They gave me the tools to go out and explore, learn, and succeed! Because of C&F, I gained a new perspective on my community and my role in its advancement. It’s never been more apparent to me that we are a generation of creators, builders, and doers. It’s been especially inspiring to see our young people achieve their goals and move on to brighter futures.”-Lindsey, past VISTA member.

“It has been inspiring to witness so many young lives impacted by Cloud & Fire. Serving at Cloud & Fire has allowed me to be a part of something greater than myself; working alongside people of different backgrounds all coming together for the greater good of the community we serve. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we allow our differences to unite us instead of tearing us apart.”-Sarah, current VISTA member.

Interested in becoming a VISTA? Here’s how to apply: 

  1. Review the VISTA Assignment Description that you would like to apply for:
    1. Marketing/PR VISTA
    2. Education Success VISTA
  2. Submit an application through the AmeriCorps website:
  3. Email your resume and a writing sample to:

Applications are due by: May 30th


California YouthBuild Days 2016: A Student’s Perspective

Written by YouthBuild student, Havah Sterns.

During our 2016 YouthBuild trip to Sacramento, I learned various things about leadership and the consciousness shift the Government is having. There were a few amazing seminars I attended, one of which spoke about the fallacy of labels and how this world functions on them. During the class, they had us go around the room looking at certain pictures and we had to write down what we thought about that individual solely based on what they looked like at that very moment, negating who they are. After everyone gave their opinion, the instructor read the labels out loud and then told us what their occupation is and a small description of who they are. After everyone heard the truth, they all felt quite guilty. The seminar was to teach us that labels are not who we are. The truth about who we are lies within our soul. The instructor continued to educate us about the truth of equality and how we are all the same.

Havah Sterns (pictured left) practicing her elevator presentation with YouthBuild alumni at California YouthBuild Days Leadership Development Conference in Sacramento.

The next memorable event I enjoyed was the keynote speaker at the end of the day. He had an amazing slideshow to go along with his empowering story. He spoke about his troubled past and how he rose to victory through the lessons of his journey. One of the slides that caught my attention was a poem from Tupac Shakur titled, “A Rose That Grew From Concrete.” Despite the adversity in life, it is possible to break through into unbelievable beauty and greatness. The second slide that caught my eye was a quote from Albert Einstein saying “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” This quote is phenomenally profound. We all have an infinite amount of power, we are all gifted in our own ways, and we all have an inner voice designated to change the world. As leaders, we must empower that voice, we must empower our authenticity and cultivate our true being. We must unite and become the change we wish to see in the world, one step at a time.

During the tour at the Capitol, they introduced a new bill being turned into law that I grew very passionate about. This bill is called SB 1216 and it gives a tax incentive to employers to hire people with a criminal record who are trying to better themselves. Society generally views criminals as a malignant cancer-a continuous poison that will only worsen with no hope of change. The fact that their perception is such that they now view felons as lost individuals as opposed to inherently bad people, gives me hope that this world will heal and continue healing.

Cloud & Fire students on the front steps of the Capitol.

About the Author

Havah Sterns (pictured bottom right)  is a current YouthBuild student and part of the YouthBuild Policy Council (YBPC).