Fundraiser! Oct 10th-24th

This year we hit the five-year mark as an organization! These years have been full of leadership development, growth, struggle, community building, and dozens of interventions that have activated hundreds of young people from across the state. The past five years have been incredible, and we want to raise the stakes for what’s possible in the next five years.

To celebrate this moment we’re asking for your support in reaching our goal of 15k in 15 Days. By raising this amount, we’ll be able to cover 6% of our budget and stipend 30 fellows for a semester! Since 2013 Ignite NC has trained over 250 fellows to take action and be the leaders to bring about a new vision for our state. A vision that prioritizes the needs of people over profit.

None of this is possible without the support of local communities and individuals offering what they have to further youth-centered movement building.

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D’atra “DeeDee” Jackson Transition Letter and Announcing Our New Co-Director

Firstly, I want to say “Thank You”. Thank you to our vast, loving community in North Carolina and across this country for allowing Ignite NC to bloom where we are today. A fellowship program starting in 2013, providing a space for college students to combat voter suppression and educate their peers on new voter laws, has now grown into a leadership development fellowship organization. An organization that has trained over 250 young people, mostly Black, mostly queer/trans, on direct action, facilitation, coalition building, campaign development, policy transformation, and organizing. Ignite NC is creating a cultural shift of what it means, looks like, sounds like, and feels like to organize in the South today. Organizing in the South today means radical politic. It looks like growing into your authentic self unapologetically. It sounds like the demands for collective liberation. And it feels like being the leaders those before us knew we would be.

As of October 1, 2018, I started my transition out of Co-Director of Ignite NC. I will be moving into National Co-Director of BYP100. This transition will call for persistence, patience, and a loving community of support. I will also call on that same support for Nhawndie Smith. Nhawndie Smith has agreed to move into Co-Director of Ignite NC, alongside the incomparable Holden Cession. We could not be more excited for this succession plan. I met Nhawndie some time in 2015 at a march in Durham. They were a student at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, and eager to get involved with organizing and community organizations at the time. How lucky was Ignite NC to have Nhawndie join our fellowship program, and soon after becoming the Triad Field Organizer. We are comrades and I am excited to play a small role in their leadership.

As we all rotate into these transitions, I have a few asks:

  1. In the words of Mary Hooks, Co-Director of Southerners On New Ground, “I hope that everyone…takes a huge step up.” We do not build organizations for isolation, we build them to build community. My hope is that everyone that feels excited about these transitions will also offer support and patience to see your excitement all the way through.

  2. Please support these organizations financially. Period. Both Ignite NC and BYP100 are Black queer led organizations that are committed to building towards Black freedom, amongst other things, and we’ve been able to do so much with so little. In order for both these organizations to continue to live in our values, we must help to sustain them.

Thank you in advance for your support and contributions. My hope is that we always build leadership in abundance and change with the times. And as transitions I hope that everyone remains connected to their commitment and to the struggle.

Fall 2018 Fellowship Applications Are Open

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS Wednesday, August 1 at 11:59PM. Applications sent earlier will be prioritized. $500 stipend upon successful completion. Descriptions of fellowships are below. Decisions will be made by August 8. 

Eligibility requirements:
*Must be in North Carolina
*Must be between the ages of 18-30
*Must be committed to to social justice
*Must be available for training Jan. 12 – 15 training & evaluation convening Apr. 13 – 15

Women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe in centering and elevating youth led leadership of the most marginalized among us. We believe that when we unite and organize we create change in our communities and throughout the state of North Carolina.

Fellowship term: August 31st to November 18th 2018 

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

This political moment is calling upon all of us to build intentionally and develop bold and innovative ways to RISE, RESIST, and REIMAGINE! Fellows will be engaged in a dynamic community and receive support in developing organizing skills to impact the state of North Carolina for a brighter tomorrow!

Join other young people across the state working to create communities of equity and justice. 

Organizing Fellowship 

Open to new and returning applicants includes the focus areas of Gender Justice, Expanding Sanctuary, Higher Education Access + Accountability, and Election Protection. Learn more about the focus areas here.

Responsibilities:

*Work with Ignite NC fellows to develop and support initiatives focused on gender justice, expanding sanctuary, higher education and/or election protection
*Develop a work plan that brings capacity to an existing campaign in the youth and student movement.
*Gather pledge cards that engage youth around relevant issues
*Document work through blog posts, pictures, and collecting data

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

Communications Fellowship 

Experience in website editing, writing, video editing, art activism, social media management preferred. Open to new and returning applicants.

Responsibilities:
*Develop and implement a media strategy (workplan, social media calendar, etc.) that documents and supports the organizing efforts of Ignite NC fellows
*Support the management of social media presence (facebook, instagram, twitter)
*Create content such as Newsletters, Zines, Podcast and other materials that will inform our base
*Gather pledge cards to engage youth around relevant issues
*Support organizing efforts of other fellows in your region

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

Training Fellowship

Open to returning fellows and will further develop leadership, organizing, and facilitation skills. All training fellows are required to host a skill building training by the end of the fellowship.

Responsibilities: *Work within your region to support local organizing efforts alongside Organizing and Comms fellows
*Build work-plan for the semester that will develop a skill building training to happen by the end of the semester on your campus or community
*Document your work through blog posts, pictures, and collecting data
*Whether it is in the beginning or end of the semester, the bulk of their work will be getting trained themselves on facilitation, base building, leadership skills, etc.

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

Our Freedom Summer Application is Open

This summer Ignite NC fellows will: work with local communities, learn about what changes they want to see, and collaborate to advance local initiatives that move us closer to the taste of freedom in our lifetime. These efforts will align with the framework of Ignite NC and focus on community organizing and electoral justice. Our framing of Electoral Justice is about elevating the needs for communities to be civically engaged in an electoral process that is equitable and truly democratic for everyone. Deepening civic engagement is one way we seek to build power within historically disenfranchised communities.

Those accepted into the fellowship will be expected to fully participate in activities including but not limited to:
* Pre-fellowship training May 20 – 23
* Post-fellowship evaluation August 10 – 12
* Canvassing and base building
* Emerging Organizer Exchange
* Hosting a community building informative event.

COMPENSATION: Fellows will receive a $1,500 stipend in two installments of $750

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
*Must be in North Carolina
*Must be between the ages of 18-30
*Must be committed to social justice
*Must be available for training May 20 – 23 & evaluation convening August 10 – 12

Women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe in centering and elevating youth led leadership of the most marginalized among us. We believe that when we unite and organize we create change in our communities and throughout the state of North Carolina.

APPLY! APPLICATION CLOSES MAY 14

Spring 2018 Fellowship Applications Open

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS Friday, December 15 at 11:59PM. Applications sent earlier will be prioritized. $500 stipend upon successful completion. Descriptions of fellowships are below. Decisions will be made by December 19. 

Eligibility requirements:
*Must be in North Carolina
*Must be between the ages of 18-30
*Must be committed to to social justice
*Must be available for training Jan. 12 – 15 training & evaluation convening Apr. 13 – 15

Women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe in centering and elevating youth led leadership of the most marginalized among us. We believe that when we unite and organize we create change in our communities and throughout the state of North Carolina.

Fellowship term: January 12, 2018 – April 15, 2018

ABOUT IGNITE NC

Launched in 2013, Ignite NC emerged out of a youth and student movement addressing issues of voter suppression, lack of representation of the marginalized, and a belief that young people can change our state for the better.

We believe that in order to create the kind of future we all deserve, we must understand our past, defend the gains made by those who came before us, and ignite and empower everyday people to build towards a fair and just future. We view youth as leaders who are capable of articulating their struggles and creating tangible solutions.

When those most affected by injustice are the leaders who find and implement solutions, we will create a sustainable world. We cultivate young leaders, build skills, and share an intersectional analysis that shifts policy, practice, and behavior in order to achieve and sustain gains.

THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Started in 2013, our fellows are engaged in dynamic campaigns and organizing efforts aligned with the mission of Ignite NC and centered around the issues that concern their communities. Some of these efforts have included campaigns for a livable wage, Black Lives Matter, UNC Board of Governors and administration accountability, HB2, and election protection.

Ignite NC is building a network of youth organizers to build organization and win concrete changes in our communities across the state. From police murders to attacks on voting rights, youth are facing attacks on all levels. However, young people are taking to the streets and rising up to demand justice in our communities. Historically young people have played a significant role in transforming the country and the world. It’s our time to squad up! Build with us in the movement for justice and apply for the Ignite NC fellowship The stakes are too high,we must take a stand and create the change we want to see for our communities.

If you  are currently working with a campus or community organization, or want to help build the youth and student movement, this fellowship provides organizing training, mentorship, connection to youth across the state, tools to create transformative change and a stipend to enable you to spend more dedicated time to organize.

Ignite NC is accepting applications for fellowships this Fall: Training Fellow, Community Organizing, and Communications Fellow.

Applications are due December 15, 2017. Everyone will be notified by December 19, 2017. 

Training Fellow

These fellows will work directly with staff to also be another resource for the Organizing and Communications fellow.

Their main workplan for the semester will be to develop a training to happen by the end of the semester on their campus or community that builds knowledge and skills.

Whether it is in the beginning or end of the semester, the bulk of their work will be getting trained themselves on facilitation, base building, leadership skills, etc.

They are also welcome to engage and organize with any of the work the organizing and communications fellows will be committed to.

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

Organizing Fellow:

These fellows will add to the support of ongoing efforts to build knowledge and power as it relates to the issue areas. They will work with other fellows and structure workplans with the end goal of shifting narrative and practices as it relates to three main issue areas!

Higher Education: Universities in NC have become increasingly inaccessible. Youth are forced to take out thousands of dollars of debt while class sizes grow and programs and centers get cut. Students, staff, faculty, and community members should be the decision makers of our colleges, not the wealthy elite, not those who profit off of our debt. Be part of a campaign team that organizes for accessible higher education.

Expanding Sanctuary: Young people across the country have changed the national narrative around what it means to be free in this country. From challenging narratives of what it means to be workers, addressing the impact of ecological harm on sustainable living, creating alternatives for criminalized communities met with injustice, and changing city and campus policy to address these issues of safety, discrimination, and sanctuary. Be a part of a team seeking to bring capacity to this movement on a local level and help develop a work-plan that builds upon coalition campaigns.

Gender Justice: Young people have been at the forefront informing the narrative and addressing concerns of gender equity in this state and nation. House Bill 2, opened a door to further legalized discrimination in the public sector. From Bathrooms, to housing, to employment, to documenation, we’re witnessing an increase in the criminalization of people based on identity and appearance. More than ever young people must direct the conversation and movement for gender justice. Be a part of a team that works to craft a mandate for gender justice for our campuses and communities.

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

 Communication Fellow:

Communication Fellow’s will support the organizing work of the organizing fellows! Activities will include writing press releases, managing social media, creating graphics/flyers, updating website and developing a media strategy.

  • Develop and implement a media strategy that supports organizing efforts
  • Using traditional and social media to create awareness about organizing efforts and inform our base (Newsletters, Zines, blogpost, podcasts, etc.)
  • Support the management of website and social media presence
  • Gather pledge cards to engage youth around relevant issues

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Be Familiar with wordpress, HTML, social media platforms and have communication experience
  • Demonstrates a passion for understanding strategic communications and its integration into an overall marketing strategy.
  • Exceptional written and personal communication skills
  • Demonstrated creativity in the practice of PR or related field
  • Willingness and ability to work well in teams
  • Experience in manage social media accounts

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

 

Interview With Ignite NC Fellow Morgan

****This semester we brought on 34 fellows! Here’s a chance to learn more about one them, Morgan from Winston-Salem.****

Hi my name is Morgan, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am from Winston Salem….336.

What do you want to learn during this fellowship?
I really want to learn how to get out of my comfort zone and to organize, like develop a plan that is strategic and put it into action. I think that this fellowship is a really good way for me to not only give my skills but also take skills back. So, the skills I really want to work on is, being really able to communicate with my community and my people because I notice that is where I usually find myself in a stand still. Specially with getting my ideas out there.  READ MORE ON OUR MEDIUM BLOG

Fall 2017 Fellowship Applications Open

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS Tuesday, August 15 at 11:59PM. Applications sent earlier will be prioritized. $500 stipend upon successful completion. Descriptions of fellowships are below

Decisions will be made by August 18. 

Eligibility requirements:
*Must be in North Carolina
*Must be between the ages of 18-30
*Must be committed to to social justice
*Must be available for training Sept. 1-4 training & evaluation convening Nov. 17-19

Women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe in centering and elevating youth led leadership of the most marginalized among us. We believe that when we unite and organize we create change in our communities and throughout the state of North Carolina.

Fellowship term: September 1, 2017 – November 19, 2017

ABOUT IGNITE NC 
Solutions to the problems facing North Carolina and our global community lie within our ability to work together for the common good and to build the leadership and power of young people to create lasting change. In order to create the kind of future we all deserve, we must understand our past, defend the gains made by those who came before us, and ignite and empower everyday people to lead efforts to build a fair and just future. When those most affected by injustice are the leaders who find and implement solutions, we will create a better world. We put our mission into practice by cultivating young leaders, building skills, and sharing an intersectional analysis that sees all of us as part of a legacy of change. We view youth as leaders who are capable of articulating their struggles and creating tangible solutions.

“The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.” – Huey P. Newton

“We who believe in freedom can not rest.” – Ella Baker

THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Started in 2013, our fellows are engaged in dynamic campaigns and organizing efforts aligned with the mission of Ignite NC and centered around the issues that concern their communities. Some of these efforts have included campaigns for a livable wage, Black Lives Matter, UNC Board of Governors and administration accountability, HB2, and election protection.

Ignite NC is building a network of youth organizers to build organization and win concrete changes in our communities across the state. From police murders to attacks on voting rights, youth are facing attacks on all levels. However, young people are taking to the streets and rising up to demand justice in our communities. Historically young people have played a significant role in transforming the country and the world. It’s our time to squad up! Build with us in the movement for justice and apply for the Ignite NC fellowship.  The stakes are too high,we must take a stand and create the change we want to see for our communities.

If you  are currently working with a campus or community organization, or want to help build the youth and student movement, this fellowship provides organizing training, mentorship, connection to youth across the state, tools to create transformative change and a stipend to enable you to spend more dedicated time to organize.

Ignite NC is accepting applications for fellowships this Fall: Training Fellow, Community Organizing, NC Vote Defender, and Media & Communications.

Applications are due August 15, 2017.  Everyone will be notified by August 18, 2017.  

Training Fellow:

These fellows will work directly with staff to also be another resource for the Organizing and Communications fellow.

Their main workplan for the semester will be to develop a training to happen by the end of the semester on their campus or community that builds knowledge and skills.

Whether it is in the beginning or end of the semester, the bulk of their work will be getting trained themselves on facilitation, base building, leadership skills, etc.

They are also welcome to engage and organize with any of the work the organizing and communications fellows will be committed to.

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

Vote Defender Campus Coordinator:

These fellows will be leading efforts around voter education for upcoming local down-ballot elections. Voter disenfranchisement has plagued North Carolinians, especially students, black voters, the poor, and elderly. Add boots to the ground and join others in creating greater access and awareness at the ballot box.

Organizing Fellow:

These fellows will add to the support of ongoing efforts to build knowledge and power as it relates to the issue areas. They will work with other fellows and structure workplans with the end goal of shifting narrative and practices as it relates to three main issue areas!

Higher Education: Universities in NC have become increasingly inaccessible. Youth are forced to take out thousands of dollars of debt while class sizes grow and programs and centers get cut. Students, staff, faculty, and community members should be the decision makers of our colleges, not the wealthy elite, not those who profit off of our debt. Be part of a campaign team that organizes for accessible higher education.

Expanding Sanctuary: Young people across the country have changed the national narrative around what it means to be free in this country. From challenging narratives of what it means to be workers, addressing the impact of ecological harm on sustainable living, creating alternatives for criminalized communities met with injustice, and changing city and campus policy to address these issues of safety, discrimination, and sanctuary. Be a part of a team seeking to bring capacity to this movement on a local level and help develop a work-plan that builds upon coalition campaigns.

Gender Justice: Young people have been at the forefront informing the narrative and addressing concerns of gender equity in this state and nation. House Bill 2, opened a door to further legalized discrimination in the public sector. From Bathrooms, to housing, to employment, to documenation, we’re witnessing an increase in the criminalization of people based on identity and appearance. More than ever young people must direct the conversation and movement for gender justice. Be a part of a team that works to craft a mandate for gender justice for our campuses and communities.

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

 Communication Fellow:

Communication Fellow’s will support the organizing work of the organizing fellows! Activities will include writing press releases, managing social media, creating graphics/flyers, updating website and developing a media strategy.

  • Develop and implement a media strategy that supports organizing efforts
  • Using traditional and social media to create awareness about organizing efforts and inform our base (Newsletters, Zines, blogpost, podcasts, etc.)
  • Support the management of website and social media presence
  • Gather pledge cards to engage youth around relevant issues

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Be Familiar with wordpress, HTML, social media platforms and have communication experience
  • Demonstrates a passion for understanding strategic communications and its integration into an overall marketing strategy.
  • Exceptional written and personal communication skills
  • Demonstrated creativity in the practice of PR or related field
  • Willingness and ability to work well in teams
  • Experience in manage social media accounts

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com