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Sep 03rd

Community Blueprint to End Poverty: Low-Income Fellows Program

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The Low-Income Fellows Program is a key element of the Community Blueprint established both to ensure low-income participation and to increase low-income leadership around poverty issues. Community Action, in partnership with The Public Policy Project, a consulting group that specializes in leadership development and public policy training of low-income individuals, developed a program to increase the advocacy and leadership skills of participants, and ensure that low-income community members play a strong role in decisions being made that affect their quality of life. The Low-Income Fellows Program is a key element of the Community Blueprint established both to ensure low-income participation and to increase low-income leadership around poverty issues. Community Action, in partnership with The Public Policy Project, a consulting group that specializes in leadership development and public policy training of low-income individuals, developed a program to increase the advocacy and leadership skills of participants, and ensure that low-income community members play a strong role in decisions being made that affect their quality of life.

General Fellows Information
Fellowship appointments are for six months. To date 57 Fellows have participated in the program. In April we will start our 5th Low-Income Fellows training class. To allow for the participation, a substantial stipend is provided for each fellow. Their peers who work in areas such as government, human services or business are paid to share for their participation in committees and professional training as part of their work day. It is the philosophy of the Community Blueprint that the low-income voices deserve equal compensation for their expertise.

Fellows are selected based on the following criteria:
- Previous community involvement
- Demonstrated interest in addressing the issues/impacts of poverty
- Representative of the geographical, racial, ethnic diversity of the communities of poverty

Fellows' activities:
Leadership training and development:
- Complete 25 hours of public policy and leadership development training.
- Attend monthly debriefing meetings to reflect on and examine their experience.
- Individualized skills application tasks in relation to Community Blueprint activities.

Fellows gain:
- Increased understanding and knowledge of public policy.
- Increased leadership skills: i.e. organizing around community issues, advocacy and influencing public policy.
- Strategic communication skills: issue identification and shaping--how to tell their story.
- Organizational and community leadership experience.

Applications are due by March 3rd.
For more information on the Low-Income Fellows Training please contact Sina Black at 651-603-5879.

Download an application:
PDF | Microsoft Word 2003
 

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