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Tech2Empower USA Fellowship Advisor Application 2019

Tech2Empower USA: Impact Fellowship
Amplifying the Political Voice and Power of Women
Advisor Application

In March 2019, WAKE brought together women's rights and social justice leaders from nonprofit organizations across the United States for Tech2Empower: Impact Challenge for Women's Rights and Social Justice, three days of tech and communications training, hands-on project work and community-building in San Francisco. 

As follow-up, WAKE's Tech2Empower Impact Fellowship is matching two of these nonprofit organizations with teams of volunteer Advisors to visit their communities to learn from local leaders and change-makers, and to contribute to projects and community events. 

In the fall of 2019, teams of Advisors will travel to Washington, DC and New Orleans, Louisiana to learn and contribute to amplifying women's voices, leadership and influence in politics. We will learn from and engage with local leaders, young women and community groups, and our nonprofit host organizations: Running Start in DC and Citizen SHE in New Orleans.

During our visits to host communities, Advisors deepen their understanding of the opportunities and challenges, and from the local leaders. Advisors will collaborate with and contribute directly to the work of these organizations. Tech2Empower Advisors make significant contributions, all while making meaningful connections, learning and experiencing new things and having fun.

This year’s two Tech2Empower Fellowship host organizations both aim to amplify the voices of women as 1) influencers of policy change to empower communities and 2) by preparing young women to run for elected office.

Tech2Empower USA 2019 Impact Fellowship opportunities:

Fellowship Overview

Tech2Empower Advisors will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about and contribute to women's collective action and political leadership
  • Mentor young women and girls in careers, leadership and tech;
  • Build meaningful connections with like-minded women and women in other parts of the United States working for social justice and women's empowerment;
  • Learn about local history and present day opportunities and challenges, especially around social justice and women's political participation and leadership;
  • Work in with the teams to coach, work on projects (communications, marketing, systems, strategies, planning) with host organization.

Volunteer Advisors contribute by:
  • participating in 2 - 3  introductory & planning calls with host organizations and WAKE during the 3-4 weeks leading up to the community visit
  • engaging with host organization to close out project during 2 - 3 calls in the 3 weeks following the community visit
  • providing a tax deductible donation of $1,250. With 1:1 company gift/donation matching, cost is $625 to the Advisor (match is $625) + lodging and airfare.

Contribution includes:

  • Support grant to host organization
  • Pre-departure volunteer preparation, materials and orientation
  • Site visits, volunteer work + meetings 
  • Costs of community events 
  • Preparation for volunteer roles
  • Historical and cultural events and sites
  • Local group transportation and group meals
*Does not include: flights, airport transfers, alcohol and personal incidentals. Many employers cover or match costs for professional development + volunteerism and provide paid time off. 

Advisor Application + Selection Timeline

Please use the application below to apply for either or both Fellowship sites
  • Application deadline is: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • Please note: We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Space is limited. Please apply early for priority consideration.
  • Selection notification: Rolling 

MORE INFO - Tech2Empower Fellowship webpage.

About WAKE

Tech2Empower is an initiative of WAKE, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. We are committed to making Tech2Empower a rewarding, impactful and meaningful experience for Advisors and local participants. The WAKE team will provide assistance with all aspects of the program. WAKE will provide relevant materials, background information and ongoing support to ensure Advisors are well-prepared for their roles, meet amazing women and girls and have unique learning and volunteer experiences, while leveraging their skills to advance women's rights and social justice.

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