Ignite NC Fellowship Program will Return in Spring 2020

Attention Partners, Stakeholders, Alumni, Friends, and Future Fellows.

Ignite NC is taking time off from the fellowship program to focus on a strategic alignment and integration process. We will use the time away to strengthen our mission, values, and issues-based work. The fruits from this process will be leverage to direct our work in 2020 and beyond. Our fellowship program will return in January, Spring 2020. Below, you can learn more about our strategic alignment and integration process.

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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