Welcome our 2018 Seeding Change Fellows!

Seeding Change is thrilled to welcome 29 young Asian American activists and organizers to be a part of the 5th cohort of the National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement.

Meet the fellows here.

The fellowship program aims to grow the next generation of organizers by developing the leadership and skills of young Asian Americans who want to organize for social change in low-income immigrant and refugee communities.

This year, we are thrilled to be working in 13 host-sites and 11 cities, including: Asian Americans Advancing Justice- ChicagoAsian American Organizing Project, Asian Americans United, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Cambodian Association of Greater PhiladelphiaChinese Progressive Association – San Francisco, Hmong Innovating Politics, Khmer Girls in Action, North Carolina Asian Americans TogetherPilipino Workers Center of Southern California, VietLead, and Southeast Asian Coalition.

Learn more about the sites here.

This month, our fellows will be gathering in the Bay Area for their orientation retreat. They will then spend 8 to 10 weeks with their local sites all across the country — getting to know the local community and learning how grassroots communities organize, develop leadership, and build power to win. Fellows will work on key issues impacting grassroots immigrant communities, including: housing; workers rights; youth leadership development; climate justice; and civic engagement.

We are so excited to start building with this cohort of Asian American activists and organizers looking to make change.

Fellows at the 2016 Graduation

Apply Today to be a 2018 Seeding Change Fellow — Due 1/26/18 (extended)

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement. Applications are due online on January 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. Apply here. (Extended Deadline)

About the Fellowship

The National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement is an intensive 10-12-week, full-time volunteer program that develops the leadership of a new generation of activists and organizers who are deeply invested in building the power of and improving the lives of working-class Asian immigrant communities.

Since its launch in 2014, the Seeding Change Fellowship has graduated 93 fellows. Fellows have gone on to become staff, volunteers and activists with their host sites or other organizations in the fellowship network.

Read more about the fellowship program.

The fellowship program will run from June 4 to August 16, 2018, with two start dates for the cohorts. Fellows will be placed with a community-based organization, where they will spend at least 8-10 weeks, working with the organization, immigrant leaders, and the local community. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their skills from grassroots fundraising, outreach and education, organizing, and language skills. Fellows will also deepen understanding of community organizing and civic engagement. At the beginning of the program, fellows will also participate in a week-long training and orientation in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fellowship program closes with a week-long closing retreat in August.

Meet the 2018 Potential Host Sites

Our host organizations are grassroots community-based organizations that are leading local and national work on a range of issues from workers rights, immigrant rights, youth organizing, gentrification and displacement. This year, we have over 20 host organizations that are rooted in Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Host organizations are located in California, the Midwest, Northeast, and North Carolina. They are working in Chinese, Khmer, Filipino, Hmong, Muslim, South Asian, Vietnamese communities.

Fellows support organizations by:

  • conducting outreach and education in public housing, transit corridors, and working class neighborhoods
  • developed curriculum and conducted workshops for high school youth
  • providing education and services to community members through workers and tenant rights community clinics
  • organizing community festivals and climate justice march and convenings
  • working directly with and alongside youth and adult leaders

Learn more about the fellowship by meeting our 2017 fellows and host sites.

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