Every day, individuals worldwide feel the effects of inequity and systemic oppression, elevated suicide rates, health and education disparity, climate change, patriarchal violence, food and housing insecurity, and so much more. Throughout sll this, youth and young adults are experiencing these adverse effects everyday and, moreover, are expected to solve problems that they did not create.
They experience higher rates of suicide, disability, economic disadvantage, food and housing insecurity, mass shootings, and so much more, rarely having space and support to center their journeys for self-actualization and healing. The need to invest in our future justice leaders and support their understanding in intersectional frameworks is now!
The fellowship will consist of 10-15 full day trainings in Waterbury CT, monthly 2 hour group sessions, and bi-monthly one on one check ins (in-person or web-based).
This program will be a space to convene 20 young people, working on any part of justice work, from Greater Waterbury (CT) for a 12-month fellowship that centers healing and self-actualization and expands on our understanding of justice work. The purpose of the program is to support and empower individuals on their journeys for self-actualization and community transformation.
Throughout the fellowship, these young leaders will have space to challenge and learn from one another as well as grow together. The foundation of the program is rooted in transformation, equity, and justice, with a goal of bringing Justice work to spaces that have never had it in the past, and elevating the current work to an intersectional and equitable level.
By participating in the fellowship, these 20 young leaders will grow in many ways: they will understand their issues areas more deeply because of an emphasis on research, they will value the requirement of transformation and equity in their work, they will prioritize the needs and experiences of the most marginalized in their communities, and more. Supporting this fellowship program means investing in their leadership and the leadership of those they mentor and work with-- for years beyond.
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Last year, we piloted a shorter version of this program, here's what participants had to say six months after the program ended:
"I wish this program was around 30 years ago when I started my climate change work, healing back then would've guided my work in ways I can only imagine. I'm so grateful to Ahmad and the rest of the team for the work their doing in making this work more equitable, and for the role they played in my future work. Now, I can officially say I do Environmental Justice work and not just climate change work."
"Better than two years of therapy."
"This program was my last hope-- I was about to leave all the work behind before it nearly destroyed me, but I said I'd try one final thing. Then week after week I came back, and realized that there was nothing wrong with me for feeling the overwhelming anxiety that I did, and that burnout happens to so many individuals all around. Today, I'm more productive than ever, and it's thanks to the tools I learned, and me prioritizing healing and taking care of myself as I do my food Justice work. I recently started mentoring others in ways I wished others would've mentored me when I first began three years ago. Thank you!"
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