YWCAdvocates: 2019 Application
Are you ready to make a change in 2019? How about making a difference.
YWCAdvocates is a fellowship for young women of color who are ready to take advocacy to the next level. We will work together to pass policy change in line with YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Participants set the agenda and strategy, and YWCA provides regular training, staff, and logistical support.
*** To build equity, involving women of color and low-income women in creating and implementing public policy in California, as well as in YWCA's coalitions and partner organizations.
*** To build power and community, strengthening our advocacy work through more powerful coalition participation, strong relationships with each other, legislator engagement, and grassroots outreach and activation.
*** To foster integrity, more deeply engaging young women of color in the creation, implementation, and expansion of YWCA's advocacy platform and building power.
*** To build critical skills, networking and leadership opportunities, and professional accomplishments for participants.
TIMELINE & CONTENT
Participants will research and participate in selecting YWCA’s agenda for the 2019 legislative session and then develop and implement strategy to enact that agenda. Individuals will have opportunities to set personal goals for skill building and professional growth.
The fellowship runs February - May 2019 and requires a commitment of approximately 4-6 hours/week.
Program elements include:
*** Monthly actions to educate and mobilize community members and grassroots supporters
*** Monthly skill-building workshops for participants on messaging, organizing, and coalition building
*** Weekly tasks associated with moving the campaign forward
*** Representing YWCA on one or more coalitions by attending and reporting back to the group
*** Up to 3 YWCA-supported trips to Sacramento to lobby and testify at committee hearings
*** Up to 2 local lobby visits to support our legislative agenda
*** Closing ceremony/graduation
Are you, or have you been, a FiftyPlus client?
What is your race / ethnicity?
What is your gender?
Do you have any access needs we should know about?
What issues are you passionate about on behalf of eliminating racism and empowering women?
What is your previous experience (if any) with advocacy?
What skills, resources, and experiences do you bring to this fellowship?
What skills, resources, and experiences do you hope to build by participating in this fellowship?
If accepted as a YWCAdvocate...
I commit to attending advocacy trainings, team strategy meetings, and occasional legislator visits.
I commit to timely, transparent communication with the fellowship team and YWCA staff about my responsibilities and availability.
I commit to supporting the other fellows and our shared goals, and asking for support when I need it.
Anything else you want us to know?
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