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