Asian American Resource Workshop: Dorchester Training and Organizing Initiative Fellowship Program Application
The Dorchester Organizing and Training Initiative (DOT-I) is a program of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), a member-based pan-Asian social justice organization working for the empowerment of the Asian Pacific Islander community by addressing current issues through programs around arts, education, and activism.
DOT-I seeks to develop community leadership for Vietnamese-identified people in Dorchester. Our focus is to build capacity with collective power, and nurture safe spaces to create social change in the community by engaging in issues such as civic engagement, housing, healthcare and workers’ wages.
The DOT-I Fellowship provides a great opportunity for young adults hoping to develop leadership skills and competencies through various trainings on community organizing and activism. Though there are many programs and services within the Vietnamese community, there is a lack of opportunities for young adults to stay connected and be leaders in their communities of Dorchester. The fellowship is looking for Vietnamese-identified residents, students, and local workers who desire to transform their own ideas, share a passion in community networking, AND aspire to democratically build the collective voice of the Vietnamese community.
-Commit to social retreats, trainings, and workshops
-Engage in planning strategy and actions of program
-Engage in grassroots organizing in the community
-Attend local community events; network with other community organizations
Time Commitment (September 2017 - January 2018)
The program starts in September. ***Meeting dates and times will be decided upon at Orientation. Typically, meetings have been twice a week for two hours per meeting, excluding participation in community events, etc.***
Benefits of the Program
Fellows will gain:
-Necessary leadership skills to organize, mobilize, and engage the community
-Social connections with other leaders in the Vietnamese and Asian American communities
-Opportunities to explore and understand Vietnamese American identity
Fellows will also receive a monthly travel stipend of $50, and a $500 stipend upon completion of the fellowship.
Please contact Kevin Lam for additional information and/or questions at
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