ABOUT ELLA FELLOWSHIP
The ELLA Fellowship Program is based on SNLP’s central philosophy that opportunities for community leadership are integral to addressing issues affecting young women. ELLA is named for social activist, Ella Baker, and stands for Engage, Learn, Lead and Act. It is also means “she” in Spanish.
This Fellowship – the only one of its kind for young women that we know of – offers a 9-month, in-depth leadership training. Fellows are supported in designing and implementing a project to address a social justice issue in a community with which they identify. Program goals are to expand young women’s understanding of leadership, to deepen their program management skills, and to enhance young women’s confidence, resourcefulness, and creativity, as well as their potential for effective community leadership.
We are currently seeking applications for the 2013-2014 ELLA Fellowship Program. The application deadline is Friday, August 16th, 2013!
Download the ELLA Application and submit it to Trixie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aileen Mokuria: Senior at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, CA. As our national ELLA, Aileen’s project, “Families Against State Violence”, focuses on the effects state violence has on families by providing a space for families to heal together and to seek justice as a community.
Ashley Abid & Gabriela Lopez: Seniors at The Bronx High School of Science. “Students for Students” gives middle school students the opportunity and tools to prepare for the SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test), as well as inform students about educational justice issues regarding access into specialized high schools.
Alina Shen: Senior at Hunter College High School. “[invis]ability” seeks to foster individual understanding of internalized oppression, identity and cultural background for Asian Americans, so that they may gain confidence and leadership skills in a safe space.
Dahiana Laucer Pimentel: Sophomore at BMCC. “Action for Youth Opportunity” or A-YO, provides a service to undocumented youth by assisting them in the completion of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications. In addition, youth will contextualize their personal struggles in the largest context of the movement for immigrant rights.
Genesis Aquino: Senior at Lehman College. “Sunset for Reproductive Justice” seeks to address issues relating to reproductive justice for young women in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Participants will learn about the history of the reproductive rights movement, sexual education and advocacy skills to become empowered and active in their community.
Ingrid Romero: Sophomore at Empire State College (CUNY transfer in spring 2013). “REACT!” stands for Redefining Education & the Arts as Catalysts for Transformation. The purpose of this project is to engage young people in the Lower East Side in creative dialogues on how gentrification affects ourselves and our communities.
Jordan Alam: Senior at Barnard College. “As[I]Am” brings together Asian American social justice activities in an online space in order to express and work together on collective goals to enrich the learning experience on issues facing the community.
Maija Hall: Senior at LaGuardia High School. “College Crash Course” seeks to increase college access for minority students by teaching them about the different aspects of the college application and admissions process, while also introducing students to the social issues directly affecting their access to higher education.
Melissa “Melly B” Butler: Sophomore at Medgar Evers College. “The Film Kink” sets out to twist the stereotypes of beauty while asking women to question the origins of such stereotypes and to fully embrace our bodies and ourselves.
Melissa Kissoon: Junior at City Tech. “Bully Breakdown” seeks to educate high school students about the different types of bullying that exist, and to understand the effects bullying has on youth in their lives both in and outside school.
Surayya Diggs: Senior at LREI – The Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School. “Street Cleaners: An Anti-Street Harassment Movement” is both a short film and workshop series that addresses the effects of street harassment on young women.