• Black Citizen

APPLY HERE: CHANGE MAKERS COHORT #2 (instructions for applicants and donors)

Updated: Aug 10






For Applicants *invite-only*:


APPLICATION WILL OPEN AUG 2, 2022 and close on AUG 26, 2022


APLLICATION HERE

https://forms.gle/1jWkdeKYS3h1Whed8


Black Citizen “Change Makers” Application


The goal of Black Citizen is to build community power by investing in emerging leaders who seek to sustain the movement for Black lives by transforming their local communities. We believe movements are enlightened by people interwoven into the fabric of community and must be properly resourced to sustain.


For our Emerging Leaders cohort 2, we will offer micro grants up to $10,000, professional leadership coaching, and an opportunity to publish original work through a collaboration with Last Gen Publishing.


We are excited to announce our launch of the second cohort of the Emerging Leaders program.


With your help, 6 new organizers will achieve:

  • better defined social agency

  • increased competency around movement building

  • adoption of tools to collectively challenge oppressive systems

  • and a thought leadership platform to scale their impact through others


PROGRAM DETAILS

The 6-month program consists of:

  • Professional 1:1 weekly leadership coaching through our partner A-Plan Coaching

  • Monthly group coaching to share experiences and discuss strategies about how to build power, building a personal brand, career exploration, and dealing with mental health at work and in community

  • Publishing a cohort-wide e-book showcasing each member’s expertise

  • Recording interviews and podcasts to amplify cohort voices

Ideal applicants:

  • Are located in the Bay Area

  • Actively leading movements in their local communities

  • Focus areas: Increasing Civic Engagement Among Black Voters, Addressing Economic and Wealth Disparities, K-12 Education, General Health & Wellness, Climate Justice, General Support for Disenfranchised Communities

If you are interested in donating to this fund OR starting your own please see instructions here or email us directly hello@blackcitizen.org.

Sponsors of this fund include: Walter and Elise Haas Foundation, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, AT&T, Salesforce, CA Black Freedom Fund, Dibianca Impact Fund, Ellington Promise Fund, and Baugher-Casteel Family.


THE PROCESS


Applications are by invitation only. Applications will open on Tuesday Aug 2, 2022 and close on Friday August 26, 2022 at 5:00 PM PST. Applicants will be notified the following week.


Once selected, Change Makers must commit to attending bi-monthly group coaching sessions beginning the month of September, 2022 and continuing through March 2023. Change Makers will also have access to coaches for up to 2 hours per month scheduled at a time convenient for both the coach and Change Maker. Grants will be awarded based on the goals of individual projects. By month 3 each Change Maker will be introduced to our publishing partner to discuss production and distribution of the e-book.


Take a look at the application below and make a submission here. We suggest you fill in the answers on a separate document and then cut/copy.


THE APPLICATION


CONTACT DETAILS


First Name, Last Name, Phone, Email, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Website, Organization, Mission Statement (if applicable)


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

  • Short Description of your project (3 sentence max)

This should be a short statement explaining the mission/intent of your project and what you hope to accomplish, and how you will spend your micro grant.

  • Full Statement of Purpose (300 words max)

Please provide a full project description--including an overview of who you are, the project, relevant background details, and what you hope to accomplish. Use this as an opportunity to display in writing, your true authentic self!


LEADERSHIP COACHING


All leaders we invest in will successfully complete 6 monthly group and individual coaching sessions. Upon completion, grantees will become attuned to indicators of success like self-awareness, general wellness, professional growth, and shared purpose. We are seeking to ensure the next wave of Black leaders are connected to the people and networks that will help them realize their true potential to disrupt systems, evoke change, and assume positions of power and influence.


  • Are you willing to participate in a bi-monthly 60-90-min group coaching session with other cohort members and 2 hours of individual coaching? Yes/No


  • Identify three focus areas you would like to share with your leadership coach. Please note you will have an opportunity to choose your coach and provide more details prior to your first 1:1 session. (200 words max)


SHORT QUESTION


As network connectors we provide a platform for any person to help combat complex systems and address critical needs within Black communities. Everyone has a responsibility to participate in this movement for Black lives.


  • Identify a few areas of support and relevant details that can help fully take your project to the next level (i.e. additional fundraising, government connections, introduction to other community based organizations, communications & public relations)

PUBLISHING


SHORT QUESTION


We all have a responsibility to share our knowledge and experience with other leaders and those on the rise. We will be working with LastGenPublishing who highlights multicultural perspectives, stories, and voices that provide value to others. They focus on publishing books and multimedia projects that are uplifting, motivational, informative, and practical, particularly for and by marginalized audiences.


  • Think about what you would say if you were writing short thesis, op-ed, article, or even video blog about your work. What issue area would you cover and why is it significant to you?


Take a look at the application below and make a submission here. (https://forms.gle/1jWkdeKYS3h1Whed8)


For Supporters:


We are thrilled about your interest in making an investment in Black lives. There are a number of opportunities to get involved with this Fund.


  • DONATE: All monetary contributions will go directly to applicants around the focus areas specific to this Fund. Donate here.

  • VOLUNTEER: Once a cohort of applicants are selected, we can connect you directly with the organization for opportunities to get involved.

  • PRO BONO SERVICES: Are you not sure how to give or help support the movement for Black lives? Your professional talent might be what an organization or emerging leader needs to take their work to the next level.


To begin the process send an email to hello@blackcitizen.org.


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