Apply for the 2021 National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement!

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement! Applications are due online on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. 

About the Fellowship

The National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement is an intensive 8-10 week 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 over 180 fellows. Fellows have gone on to become staff, volunteers, cultural workers, healers and activists in their communities.

Read more about the fellowship program.

The fellowship program will run from June 7 to August 15, 2021, 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 held virtually pending any changed assessments about COVID-19. The fellowship program closes with a two day closing retreat in August.

Meet the 2021 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 14 potential host organizations that are rooted in Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Potential host organizations are located in California, the Midwest, Northeast, and North Carolina. They are working in Mien, Laotian, Chinese, Khmer, Filipino, Hmong, Korean, and Vietnamese communities.

Fellows support organizations by:

  • conducting outreach and education in public housing, transit corridors, and working class neighborhoods
  • developing 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 hearing from our alums Em and Anh.

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