In the wake of Mike Brown’s murder, we have seen a number of young collectives and individuals emerge: Millennial Activists, Lost/Found Voices, Black Souljahs, Freedom Fighters, etc. And though these groups have been open to hearing and at times working with established organizations, they have also expressed an interest in maintaining their autonomy. And rightfully so, this is the same thing we saw with the founding of SNCC in 1960 in response to the encouragement of Ella Baker.
Next Revolution Fellowship Program proposes that established organizations like OBS rethink the way that we are engaging with young people. Rather than trying to lead them, we need to give them the tools they need to shape their own contribution to the movement, however they see fit.
1. By joining the program, fellows agree to go through a 5-week long organization building module, to be supervised by a Youth Director.
2. Each week of the program covers crucial knowledge on how to build an organization, develop programs and campaigns, and create coalitions using Black Liberation framework.
3. Each fellow will schedule twice weekly sessions with a mental health counselor for the duration of the program. We’ve all been through a lot these past few weeks and we have to care ourselves if we hope to transform our communities.
4. Each fellow will complete weekly benchmarks.
5. After each successfully completed week, each fellow will receive a $200 stipend.
6. At the end of program, each fellow gets $1000 to startup an organization or project.
7. To get the startup, each fellow must meet each weekly benchmark. If all benchmarks are not successfully met during the program, they must be met within 30 days of program end date, without living stipend.
8. This program is limited to 15 fellows per session.
At the end of this program, fellows will be fully equipped to take their skillsets back into their communities and start to organize for the change that they want to see. The hope is that during the program, fellows will become familiar with each other’s ideological leanings so that at the end of the program, some may decide to work together, pool their resources, and create organizations with their peers in the cohort.
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