An innovative new fellowship program being launched by the Contra Costa Family Justice Center aims to equip victims of violence with the leadership skills to empower their long-term sustainability and success.
The center is accepting applications by Feb. 10, for its 10 month, 10 hour-per-week Community Fellowship Program that will kick off in March 2016 at its West Center location in Richmond and Central Center location in Concord.
“This is a leadership program for community members looking to integrate and build upon their experience of interpersonal violence to create something socially positive,” said Annabelle Berrios, an advocacy & training manager located at the West Center.
According to Berrios, approximately four to five fellows will be accepted at each program location. Fellows will be paid a stipend for their participation.
The fellows’ program work will be aligned with the center’s mission of violence prevention/interruption and long-term sustainability for community members in the areas of sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and human trafficking.
As part of a cohort, fellows will receive training regarding how to develop a community project on their own while guided by mentors in track areas including advocacy, training & events, project coordination and technology (multimedia).
Along the way, per Berrios, fellows will receive support from leadership mentors, peers, senior community fellows and the aforementioned skills mentorship in the four track areas.
The program’s coaching and mentoring intends to not only support fellows’ personal and skill development, but also to provide key networking opportunities. In turn, program organizers welcome the fellows’ creativity, enthusiasm and life experience as valuable contributions.
To qualify for the Community Fellowship Program, applicants must be residents of Contra Costa County who are age 18 and up and who have experienced interpersonal violence one year ago or longer. Applicants should also have conversational and reading English language ability, reliable transportation and a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Program organizers also seek applicants who have participated in school or community activities with the goal of increasing their involvement.
To learn more about the Contra Costa Family Justice Center, click here.