Youth Over Guns, the youth arm of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund, is a youth-led group that builds youth power in communities throughout the nation and encourages legislative advocacy to prevent gun violence. YOG's new program, ATA, is a peer-led training program and fellowship that allows youth to tap into their anger and channel it to effective advocacy.
In a political and societal sphere where Black, Indigenous, and other young People of Color (BIPOC) are consistently and disproportionately under attack, anger is inevitable. Anger overwhelms the emotional brain which is connected to the thinking brain. It is an adaptive response to a perceived threat (both physically and emotionally). And anger combined with easy access to guns often leads to gun violence.
Youth under the age of 21 are the leading demographic among those killed by guns, accounting for 31% of all gun deaths and nearly 50 percent of all gun-related homicides. Gun violence has become the second leading cause of death among young people in the United States—without taking into account the fact that young people are also over-represented in fatal shootings by police.
ATA’s 'for youth by youth' program curriculum will prepare participants to organize at scale, conduct workshops and town halls, public speak, train other youth and more. Their training will impart advocacy skills, knowledge of their rights, and connections to mentors and other committed activists. Participants will obtain resources and opportunities for civic engagement and acquire the foundation to become pillars of their community by advancing the movement for safety and justice.
Understanding the limited resources in marginalized communities, we are proud to share that Anger to Advocacy Activist Incubator is a paid opportunity. We are looking for leaders across the country so even though our headquarters in New York, this program is remote and virtual! All participants will receive a $400 stipend upon completion of the Training Program, and an additional $600 for their full participation in the adjoining Fellowship. Full participation in both are mandatory, for additional details please check the ‘Eligibility and Program Participation Requirements’ section of the application. All applications are due no later than November 9th, 2020.
Youth Over Guns
Youth Over Guns, the youth arm of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund, is a youth-led group that builds youth power in communities throughout the nation and encourages legislative advocacy to prevent gun violence. YOG's new…
1. Training Program: The 7-week Training Program will meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30pm ET (3:00-4:30 pm PT) starting on November 17th. Participants will be paid a stipend of $400 for their full participation in the 7-week training.
2. Fellowship/Project Period: After completing the Training Program, fellows will participate in a 5-week Project Period during which all participants will be required to work together to plan a digital town hall, workshop, and social media campaign. The 5-week Fellowship will meet weekly on Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30pm ET (3:00-4:30pm PT) starting from January 2021 to February 4th. In addition, participants will be required to work collaboratively on all projects, set individual group meeting times and decide on Project Event dates for execution between February and March. All fellows will also be required to participate in a virtual lobby day event in April.
***Project Event dates are to be selected by the fellows in collaboration with the program leaders to accommodate all schedules as needed. Participants will be paid an additional stipend of $600 for their full participation in the 5-week Fellowship/Project Period, execution of their Project, and participation in virtual lobby day.
This fellowship and training program is for young people between the ages of 15 to 25 and is geared toward advancing BIPOC in leadership and advocacy roles. Anyone currently living in one of the 50 states or Puerto Rico are invited to apply with special consideration given to underrepresented BIPOC group members.
1. Training Program: The 7-week Training Program will meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30pm ET (3:00-4:30 pm PT) starting on November 17th. Participants will be paid…