Leadership Development

At FIERCE, we believe that in order to build the power of our community, we must also build the leadership, political consciousness and organizing skills of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City. Because of this, FIERCE incorporates leadership development and political analysis in multiple facets of the organization.

Our Education for Liberation Project (ELP) is a paid leadership development program that 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. It offers group political education and organizing 101 cycles, internship in specific program areas of the organization as well as fellowships.

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.

In addition to ELP, FIERCE holds Film Screenings and Let’s Politik events centered on political education topics and current events relevant to FIERCE’s work, as well as one on one meetings with members to create and support in maintaining their leadership development trajectories within the organization.

Check out this youth-produced video about FIERCE's Leadership Development Program made by FIERCE Member Karen Hall!