APPLY for Seeds of Liberación! (SOL)
SOL is a program is intended to build a movement and mobilize young trans, gender non-binary and intersex (TGI) leaders.
This year, in the Fall of 2019, TransLatin@ Coalition and Gender Justice LA will bring together 15 TGI young people to participate in a 3-month leadership program. SOL will mobilize the TGI community in Los Angeles through individual & community healing, leadership development, relationship building and organizing
This is a community led program and is entirely bilingual in Spanish and English, with interpretation provided. We are collaborating with Antena Los Ángeles, a 6-person collective founded in 2014, dedicated to language justice advocacy and organizing. Antena Los Ángeles’s primary tools include interpreting, translation, consulting, and education to strengthen cross-language communication. More information can be found here: https://antenaantena.org/antena-los-angeles
Read the application instructions with more information about how to apply!
Who We Are:
This program was created from the immediate need to mobilize TGI people in LA given our current landscape and to build a movement for future generations.
The TransLatin@ Coalition is an organization formed by Trans Latin@ leaders who have come together in 2009 to organize and advocate for the needs of Trans Latin@s who are immigrants and reside in the US. The mission of TransLatin@ Coalition is to advocate for the specific needs of the Trans Latin@ community that resides in the U.S.A. and to plan strategies that improve our quality of life. We run the Center of Violence Prevention and Transgender Wellness in Los Angeles, which allows us to provide direct services to trans people in Los Angeles. This program will be led by our Policy Coordinator, Michaé Pulido.
Gender Justice LA is a member-based, grassroots social justice organization for and led by *gender non-conforming, genderfluid, two-spirit, questioning, and trans People of Color in LA County, centering low-income folks. We organize, hold space, provide resources, and collaborate with others so that our communities can: resist oppression, develop community responses to violence, heal from present & historical trauma, and come together in ways that feel brave & affirming. This program will be led by Executive Director, Ezak Perez.
During SOL you will participate in:
1) Skill building / Skill sharing sessions: These will be centered around healing and wellness, political education, community organizing, anti-oppression frameworks, and much more.
2) Mentorship: Each participant will be matched with a mentor who will help personally and throughout the program.
3) Earning a Certificate of Completion and a $600 stipend, payments will be provided throughout the program;
4) The development of a community resource, campaign, program or event that tackles a specific issue faced by TGI communities.
Application Release: 07/22/2019
Application Deadline: 08/30/2019
Informational Sessions: (Will take place at 3055 Wilshire Blvd, 3rd Floor, LA CA 90010)
August 1st / 2:00PM - 3:00 PM
August 6th / 2:00PM - 3:30 PM
August 8th / 6:00PM - 7:30 PM
August 20th / 2:00PM - 3:30 PM
August 22nd / 6:00PM - 7:30 PM
November 2 & 3, 2019
November 9 & 10, 2019
December 7 & 8, 2020
December 14 & 15, 2020
January 4 & 5, 2020
January 11 & 12, 2020
The online application will ask for the following:
My Authentic Self
o Tell us a little bit about yourself in two paragraphs.
Essays of Intent:
o Answer TWO of the four essay questions. Write 3-4 paragraphs (1 page maximum) for each question you answer:
1. What do you imagine for the future of the transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGI) community? How do you believe we can get there? (This question is open-ended intentionally, we hope to learn about your current understanding and visions for the TGI community.)
2. Who are some TGI leaders, advocates, and/or role models that you admire? What makes them admirable?
3. Tell us about a non-trans specific issue that you are concerned about or passionate to work on. Why does this issue matter or how does it impact TGI people?
4. Share some of the strengths and/or skills you bring to the program and areas of growth you hope to work on.