She Leads

The Power Coalition is a statewide civic engagement table in Louisiana that is working to shift power back to the people, fights policies that hurt our state’s families, and increases voter participation by building community activism. We have worked tirelessly to increase voice and engage community leaders throughout Louisiana.

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Our Philosophy

“As women, we must stand up for ourselves…for each other…for justice for all.”

—Michelle Obama

We believe that investing in women and women led activism is one of the most powerful levers we have to change the trajectory of low-income communities. The Coalition supports community-based activism and grassroots leadership development through a number of avenues, all of which support citizens in addressing classism, racism, and marginalization in their own lives and communities. Too often, their voices are ignored in the traditional, top-down structures of power. Ultimately, we seek to build a statewide network of women activists who are disrupting the current power structures and realizing change in their communities.

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Our Goals

We Invest in People Who Make a Difference

The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice is looking to build a cadre of community leaders that demonstrate a passion for addressing the social justice issues impacting their community.  Our goal is to invest in those leaders we work with everyday to build community. We looking for those leaders who often do not get the credit they deserve, those who often shape direct actions, but rarely get compensated for their work.

We Provide Technical Support and Infrastructure

Our fellowship program provides host support/fiscal agency, training, and many other supports to leaders as they work to achieve their goals. We provide the support needed to further develop capacity including communication, activism, and community organizing.

We Launch, Amplify, and Connect Community Leaders

The Power Coalition seeks to build a statewide network of community leaders who will fight for equity and justice. We will connect and network fellows, our community partners and other leaders to build a support network that can sustain and grow the leadership of each fellow. It is also our hope that our Fellows will be the face for social change in Louisiana.

General Criteria

The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice She Leads Fellowship seeks community leaders/activists/ organizers who are interested in growing their leadership and are tackling issues that impact them and their communities directly. Fellowship awards are up to $3,000 for a 9 month period.  Fellows must engage in a set of activities and/or project that will have a positive impact on their community.  It is important to note that the Fellowship award is not limited to support of a particular project, but can also be used to support leadership development, education and training, grassroots organizing and advocacy, social media and other communication efforts, coalition building, community mobilization, as well as other efforts intended to have a positive impact in the community.

The Power Coalition is interested in investing in the leadership development of unsung heroes themselves, so while we expect that our fellows may be engaged in project based work, the purpose of the fellowship is to provide support to the activist/fellow themselves so that they grow as community leaders. In addition to the fellowship award, fellows will have access to a variety of training, networking and professional development opportunities.

Eligibility 

The She Leads Fellowship Program  seeks applications from women activists that are addressing a wide range issues in their communities. Fellows must be willing to participate in communications, coaching, training and networking activities that are a part of the fellowship program.

The Power Coalition She Leads Fellowship Program is for you if:

  • You are a woman of color, 18 and older, who is directly impacted by the issues they seek to resolve.
  • Reside in Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Shreveport or New Orleans.
  • Are directly affected by, and/or have significant direct experience with the issues, policies, practices, and/or systems that is the focus of your activism efforts.
  • Include real and meaningful participation in the decision making process of your work from community members where your efforts/projects are based.
  • Have the drive, passion, commitment and tenacity to improve your community through activism.
  • Want to utilize the power of communications through storytelling, blogging and community led campaigns to move your agenda.
  • Have a lack of access to traditional funding opportunities, or lack easy access to existing opportunities for leadership development.

The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice She Leads Fellowship Program will not support:

  • General operating support for an organization
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Direct service organizations, i.e. food pantries, soup kitchens
  • Activities to elect specific candidates for public office

HOST ORGANIZATIONS

The Power Coalition She Leads Fellowship Program awards are made to the individual activist themselves. The Power Coalition will serve as the host organization for those fellows who do not wish to select their own host organization. As a host organization, the Power Coalition will provide access to networking, supervision and guidance. The Power Coalition will also be responsible for the management and finance/accounting for fellowship awards.

Fellows may also choose a host organization in their communities. If a fellow chooses a host organization, other than the Power Coalition, the organization must have a 501 (c)3 designation, as well as have the infrastructure in place for finance/accounting, be able to make regular payments to the fellow and must agree that the award is being made to the host on the fellow’s behalf. Please note that there will not be supplemental funds awarded to the host organization.

Applications and Selection Process

There are three stages to the application process. First all applicants must submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) through the Power Coalition’s online grantmaking platform. For the LOI, the applicant must answer 5 questions that seek to gain insight into to the applicant’s goals and plan for the fellowship term. Secondly, the Power Coalition staff will review all LOIs and select a group of finalists who will be invited to submit a full proposal. All full proposals will be reviewed by a Community Review Committee comprised of members from the cities where the applicant resides. Third, applicants may be invited to interview with the Community Review Committee. After interviews and review of applications has been completed, applicants will be notified of their status.

Candidates must first submit a Letter of Intent due by January 18, 2019. We will then invite qualified candidates to make a full application to the fellowship. The first round of Fellowship awards will be made by March 1st, 2019 to community activists residing and working in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport.

 For further assistance, please contact Janea Jamison at jjamison@powercoalition.org.

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