RiseOut: Activist-in-Residence Fellowship Program
In connection with RiseOut, The Center’s Statewide LGBTQ advocacy initiative that works to achieve justice and equity for all LGBTQ New Yorkers, we are pleased to invite applications for our 2021-2022 Activist-in-Residence Fellowship Program year. The Center seeks to contribute to the social justice movement by investing in the next generation of leaders who are committed to transforming social and economic conditions, and to advancing equity and opportunity for the LGBTQ community in New York. In its second year, the program seeks to intentionally support Black LGBTQ New Yorkers as fellows.
The fellowship program will provide support to established or emerging activists, including creatives and influencers who have bold, cutting-edge ideas for advancing LGBTQ advocacy in New York State. We seek proposals for projects that highlight underrepresented communities and align with the main focus areas of the RiseOut program, including:
- The advancement of equity and inclusion for transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people of color
- Increased access to LGBTQ+ affirming mental and physical health services
- Promoting restorative justice principles
- Enhancing LGBTQ visibility and affirmation across sectors
- Economic justice and advancement opportunities
We strongly encourage projects that leverage new models for achieving change, or carry established methods of change forward in an innovative way. Proposals can be any form that promotes awareness, fosters dialogue, and advances the mission of RiseOut. This includes research, storytelling, community building, public education campaigns, visual arts, digital media, and more.
This Fellowship is made possible due to generous, charitable donations from Susie Scher/Goldman Sachs Gives and Jan Siegmund.
Benefits for Activists
Activists-in-Residence receive a range of benefits for their fellowship work:
- A stipend of $15,000 to support their work over the course of 12 months, as well as basic technical supplies to engage in the work
- Engagement with the RiseOut program team, including attending civic engagement- and advocacy-related events and trainings
- Participation in relevant conferences, training, and networking opportunities such as Creating Change, Netroots Nation, and others
- Connections to key Center partners across a range of sectors and industries
- Access to professional development opportunities offered to full-time staff of The Center
- As appropriate, assistance from Center staff on other aspects of the approved project
- Monthly check-ins with RiseOut program team to build camaraderie and support for execution of project
- For NYC-based activists, office space at The Center of up to 10 hours per week as needed, with IT access and resources, to support the development of their work
- To learn more about the application process, please visit gaycenter.org/advocacy/fellowship/application. Applications will consist of a series of short essays, a project description, and a budget. Finalists may be required to submit additional documentation or prepare for an interview about the proposed project.
- Applications should be completed online by December 17, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. ET, with an anticipated start date of February 2022.
You should consider applying if you:
- Are a resident of New York State
- Are at least 18 years or older
- Have at least one year of relevant work experience
- Have a passion for serving and centering the needs of queer and transgender communities of color in New York State and are committed to creating progressive change
- You have strong communication skills, in person, virtually, through email, and other methods
- You have a project or idea that is focused on or directly tied to LGBTQ community of New York State
- You have prior advocacy or organizing experience—at any level—and are looking to further catalyze your work
- Availability for a mid-year review and presentation in June 2022 and for an end-of-fellowship symposium in November 2022
- Please note that this opportunity is intended for individuals, not peer 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, or for-profit entities. While individuals who are affiliated with an organization may apply, the project must be independent of any work being performed for that organization or institution.
- Projects that include lobbying activities will not be funded. Please carefully review the Tax Law Lobbying Rules before applying. If awarded a fellowship, applicants must agree to refrain from engaging in restricted lobbying activities during the term of the fellowship.
Questions about this opportunity can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dominic Bradley (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based nonbinary artist and educator reared in the crunk-era “Dirty South.” Dominic works in multiple disciplines including visual art, writing, and performance. Dominic’s project focused on the support of BIPOC LGBTQ New Yorkers through innovative mental health supports, including a demo video on developing a personal wellness plan; an adult coloring book featuring images of BIPOC LGBTQ New Yorkers alongside personalized mental health affirmations; and a panel of community members uncovering transgenerational beliefs, practices, rituals, etc. that have sustained mental health in the face of oppression.
Joshua Allen (they/them) is a nonbinary artist & activist from Brooklyn, NY. In 2016, they founded the Black Excellence Collective, an organizing hub for and by Black LGBTQI+ young people, and served as a co-organizer and co-host of the 2020 Brooklyn Liberation March. Joshua’s work focused on a youth mentorship program for Black TGNC and queer youth that launched on Monday, August 23. Mentees received a $1,500 stipend for their participation for 6 weeks (through September 29).