Our Folks

Our Folks: Voices of LGBTQ+ Youth of Color

JOIN A COHORT OF YOUNG CREATIVES

SPEAK UP, BUILD COMMUNITY, TELL YOUR STORY 

Applications due: September 19, 2022


URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity envisions a world where each of us can live, love, create families, express our gender, and enjoy sexuality with liberation, power, and joy and without stigma, scarcity, or interference. Young people are building this vision and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for all by organizing our peers, mobilizing our communities, and building a culture of civic engagement and leadership for a youth-driven agenda. As the only national reproductive justice organization that centers the voices and leadership of young people, URGE builds power with and for young people of color, young LGBTQ+ folks, and young people in the South and Midwest. Because in a country where young LGBTQ+ folks and young people of color have reproductive justice, everyone will have reproductive justice. 

Our voices matter. For too long, the narratives and expertise of young queer and trans people of color in the South and Midwest have been ignored or talked over. Together, we will build community and amplify our voices, our stories, and our perspectives on reproductive justice, gender equity, and LGBTQ+ liberation. Will you join us? 

What Our Program Offers:

Through Our Folks: Voices of LGBTQ+ Youth of Color, young spokespeople and storytellers will have the opportunity to gain skills in giving media interviews, writing for a variety of blogs and media outlets, creating engaging digital content, and using social media to amplify their work. The cohort will begin with training later this fall, and participants will be expected to produce 8 pieces of content (4 written, 4 digital) and participate in 4 speaking engagements by the end of the program. From October 2022 – April 2023, participants will be provided with a stipend of $250 per month to support their efforts. 

Participants will complete this program with a portfolio of written and digital work, increased visibility in the dialogue around reproductive justice, concrete skills in writing for change, and the knowledge that they have helped call attention to issues important to their campus, community, and state. We hope that through this program, participants will also find a community of creatives that share their values and passion for social justice as they continue to build power and amplify their voices with URGE. View members of our most recent Our Folks cohort here

Commitments:  

Participants will: 

  • Attend all mandatory training sessions and meetings throughout the duration of the program, including but not limited to the Fall 2022 cohort convening. 
  • Produce four written pieces for URGE’s blog, on a reproductive justice topic mutually agreed upon by URGE and the member. 
  • Participate in four spokesperson opportunities (interviews with media as an official URGE spokesperson, official URGE events, and events hosted by other organizations where the cohort member serves as an official URGE spokesperson). 
  • Develop four pieces of digital content sources: TikToks, YouTube shorts, social media toolkits, Instagram lives, and graphic series (IG carousel OR multi-post campaign) on a reproductive justice topic mutually agreed upon by URGE and the member.

Benefits: 

  • Up to $1,750 for participation from October 2022 – April 2023 (paid $250 each month, contingent on fulfillment of program commitments).
  • Development of leadership skills that can be utilized within URGE for future opportunities to connect with the work after the cohort has concluded. 
  • Participation in media and issue training.  
  • Building community with other participants. 
  • Writing showcased before a large audience and receiving support with promoting articles. 
  • If accepted, applicants who are enrolled in college may also consult with their college or university to receive academic credit. 

Qualifications:

  • Participants should identify as a person of color and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, queer, intersex, Two-Spirit, or otherwise part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Priority will be given to applicants who identify as both LGBTQIA+ and as a person of color. All participants must be between the ages of 17-30. 
  • Priority will be given to applicants who live or go to school in the South and the Midwest, with a focus on those in URGE’s investment states – Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, Texas, and California. 
  • Demonstrated dedication to reproductive justice and other social justice issues 
  • Strong writing skills 
  • A proven interest in writing, media, and journalism 
  • Interest in reporting and speaking on a variety of topics and a willingness to accept the challenge of writing new types of articles 
  • Ability to commit to a one-year term  
  • Able to commit an average of 2-4 hours a week to participate in the program

To Apply:

By 11:59 PM PST on 9/19/2022, submit a completed application and 2 writing samples. Please reach out to communications@urge.org for any tech or accessibility assistance. Select candidates will be asked to do short telephone interviews. 

URGE is an equal-opportunity employer. People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.