In order to build the power of our community we have to build the leadership, political consciousness, and organizing skills of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City. FIERCE does this through our Education for Liberation Project (ELP).
ELP is a paid leadership development program which provides comprehensive community organizing, political education, and anti-oppression trainings to new and active members of FIERCE. ELP combines interactive workshops and practical hands-on experience in organizing. Ultimately, ELP strives to help develop a new generation of community organizers dedicated to social justice work in historically underserved communities. This unique program provides a systematic way for LGBTQ youth to gather the self-esteem, skills, and knowledge required to effectively advocate to transform institutions that impact their lives.
Click HERE to download FIERCE's leadership development model.
To date, FIERCE has intensively trained over 350 LGBTQ youth of color leaders through ELP, many of whom have gone on to be leaders and organizers in other social justice organizations across the country.
The 2013 ELP schedule:
- ELP (July 2nd- September 20th)
- ELP3 (Fall)
2013 ELP Applications are OUT!!!
We are so excited to bring to you a new and improved ELP!! We've made some big changes to this years curriculum. The biggest of which is combining ELP1's political education with ELP2's skill building to create one amazing 3 month program!!
The required ELP Group Interview will take place Friday, June 14th from 5-8pm in the FIERCE office. If you apply, don't forget to mark your calendars for the 14th!!!!
If you're interested in being a Mentor for ELP this year, click HERE for the application. You must be a graduate of ELP1&2 to apply for this position. We will be hiring 2 mentors this year!
If you have any questions or would like more info on ELP, feel free to contactor Lee Jimenez (firstname.lastname@example.org)