2021 Next Generation Fellowship Application
TO APPLY: Please follow the instructions and provide complete answers to the application questions in this online form. The online application cannot be saved and completed at a later time, so it is recommended that you write your responses on another platform and then copy/paste into this form for submission.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021 (11:59 PM PST).

ABOUT NGF: The Next Generation Fellowship (NGF) is a leadership development and policy advocacy training for formerly incarcerated or justice-involved individuals from across California. It supports emerging leaders in 1) Advancing racial justice and cultural healing, and 2) Influencing state and local government through policy advocacy. The fellowship focuses on ending mass incarceration by promoting healthy, safe communities.

Fellows will leverage their personal and professional experiences to drive transformative change in the justice system. Over three 2-day virtual sessions, and supplementary opportunities for engagement, participants will take part in culturally-relevant dialogues and activities. These will foster effective storytelling, civic participation, and strategic advocacy. Through NGF, fellows will recognize their lived experience as a form of expertise that can influence policy-making and strengthen campaigns for justice reform. NGF brings together a community of advocates and mentors to support fellows and facilitate future leadership opportunities.

ABOUT YOU: Applicants must live in California and have experience being directly impacted by the justice system. An ideal candidate for the Next Generation Fellowship will have the following: (1) An interest in contributing to justice reform efforts through policy advocacy; (2) An interest in collaborating and building community within the fellowship; (3) An appetite to learn at any experience level.

ANTICIPATED NGF VIRTUAL SESSION DATES/DETAILS:

Session 1: Monday, April 5th - Tuesday, April 6th (9am - 3pm PST both days)
Session 2: Monday, May 10th - Tuesday, May 11th (9am - 3pm PST both days)
Session 3: Monday, June 14th - Tuesday, June 15th (9am - 3pm PST both days)

Fellows must commit to attending all three virtual training sessions, and prioritize engaging in opportunities to stay connected between sessions. As a COVID-19 precaution, all 2021 NGF sessions will be facilitated on Zoom video conferences. We will do our best to support fellows with any technology-related needs. Any direct costs associated with the Next Generation Fellowship will be reimbursed.

ACCESSIBILITY: NGF welcomes applicants with varying abilities. We will work diligently to support fellows with any specific physical, mental, social-emotional needs to ensure accessible participation.

CONTACT US: Find out more about the Next Generation Fellowship at www.cjcj.org/Next-Generation-Fellowship.html. Please contact nextgenfellowshipcal@gmail.com or (415) 621-5661 ext. 103 with any questions.
General Information
Please provide up-to-date information so we can contact you if you are selected for the fellowship, or if we have any questions about your application.
Full Name *
Email Address *
Phone Number *
Street Address *
City *
ZIP Code *
Which areas of justice policy most interest you? Choose up to 5 policy topics. *
Required
Please describe how you have been directly impacted by the justice system.
Forms of contact with the justice system include incarceration, detention, arrest, probation, deportation, detention, home raids, foster care, and more. Please feel free to expand on your answer(s) in the "Other" checkbox.
Educational History
Select your highest level of education: *
Please list your most recent school, years attended, and course of study. Alternatively you can expand on your self-study efforts, if applicable. *
Relevant Experience
Please include your experience relevant to social justice and/or community service. You may list up to 5 experiences including employment, internships, and volunteer work.
Most recent relevant experience *
Please include all that apply: (1) the name of the organization/company, (2) your position/title, (3) the dates you were involved, and (4) a description of your responsibilities and/or accomplishments.
Relevant experience #2
Please include all that apply: (1) the name of the organization/company, (2) your position/title, (3) the dates you were involved, and (4) a description of your responsibilities and/or accomplishments.
Relevant experience #3
Please include all that apply: (1) the name of the organization/company, (2) your position/title, (3) the dates you were involved, and (4) a description of your responsibilities and/or accomplishments.
Relevant experience #4
Please include all that apply: (1) the name of the organization/company, (2) your position/title, (3) the dates you were involved, and (4) a description of your responsibilities and/or accomplishments.
Relevant experience #5
Please include all that apply: (1) the name of the organization/company, (2) your position/title, (3) the dates you were involved, and (4) a description of your responsibilities and/or accomplishments.
References
Please list two references who can speak about your candidacy should they be contacted by NGF. We would prefer a professional, wise elder, or academic reference that is not a friend or family family member. Examples include teachers, mentors, volunteer supervisors, managers, and employers.
Reference 1 *
Please include (1) full name, (2) email address, (3) phone number, (4) relationship (e.g. supervisor, teacher, mentor), and (5) organization/agency, if applicable.
Reference 2 *
Please include (1) full name, (2) email address, (3) phone number, (4) relationship (e.g. supervisor, teacher, mentor), and (5) organization/agency, if applicable.
Short Essay Questions
Please provide thoughtful and thorough responses to the questions below in 300 words or less. As a reminder, we recommend that you write your responses on another platform and then copy/paste into this form for submission.
Why does justice reform/abolition/transformation matter to you? *
How have you participated in social justice movements? How do you plan to participate in the future? *
Personal Statement *
Please provide a thoughtful and thorough response to the question below in 400 words or less. As a reminder, we recommend that you write your responses on another platform and then copy/paste into this form for submission. Consider the following for your personal statement: personal or family history, experience with the criminal or juvenile justice systems, relevant education, relevant work/volunteer experience, how you will contribute to this fellowship, and/or how this fellowship will support your future goals.
What aspects of the Next Generation Fellowship interest you? *
Supplementary Materials (Optional)
Please feel free to share up to 2 links to any videos, articles, poetry/art, or other online materials that highlight your qualifications for the fellowship.
Link 1
Link 2
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