Applications Now Open: Rise Up Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator in California

Are you a visionary, California-based local leader who wants to advance gender equity and justice in your community and across the state?

Apply today to Rise’s Up Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator, which provides unparalleled opportunities to strengthen advocacy strategies, support policy systems-change and advance gender equity in health, education and economic opportunity for girls, women and gender-nonconforming people at local, state and national levels.

Key Dates:

  • Program Dates: September 15-20, 2024 in-person Bay Area, California
  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2024
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PHI’s Rise Up builds power with women, girls, and their allies by providing training, funding, and connection to a global network to help them achieve meaningful, lasting change. Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of 800 leaders has successfully advocated for over 185 new and improved laws and policies, positively impacting more than 160 million people around the world.

Through the California Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator, Rise Up provides tailored support, including proposal development, grantmaking assistance, advocacy strategy guidance, networking and ongoing professional development.

Apply today to expand your network, amplify your voice, and collaborate in building a global gender equity movement. The program offers:

  • Hybrid Accelerator: Participate in a comprehensive 4-week training program with in-person and virtual sessions, totaling 60-65 training hours. This includes orientation, residential training, virtual follow-up, technical assistance, and panel sessions.
  • Grants: Following the Accelerator, apply for seed funding to implement a systems-change gender equity advocacy project.
  • Convening: Participate in a three-day in-person convening to enhance knowledge, skills, and networking.
  • Re-grants: Get a second chance to apply for grant funds for continuation or new projects.

The newly selected leaders in California will also become part of Rise Up’s global network of leaders in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the U.S.

Please contact kkaur(@) with any questions or if you are interested in joining this year’s cohort.

Rise Up CA leaders - 2023

Meet the 2023 Rise Up Leaders Addressing Gender Equity Challenges in California

Rise Up Leaders in California are hard at work addressing critical gender equity issues in their communities. Following the 2023 Rise Up Leadership & Advocacy Accelerator program, California leaders applied for $60,000 in grant funding to tackle complex education, health care, and economic challenges with innovative, people-centered advocacy approaches. A total of seven advocacy projects were selected for funding that reflect the diversity of both Rise Up Leaders and their areas of focus, including housing equity, transgender rights, Black maternal health, criminal justice reform, forced marriage and school safety.

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  1. Have a commitment to advancing systemic change in government systems, programs, laws, and policies affecting economic and educational opportunities, human rights, immigrant rights, social justice and equity, health, and wellbeing of women, girls, and gender nonconforming people in California.
  2. Work at a nonprofit organization, grassroots organization, media, or government organization at a level of coordination or management including some level of decision-making power.
  3. Join in-person for training on September 22-27, 2024, in the Bay Area, CA.
  4. Have at least 3-5 years of experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Housing
  • Youth Development
  • Economic Justice/Poverty Alleviation
  • Racial Justice
  • LGBTQIA+ rights
  • Human Rights
  • Media
  • Criminal Legal System Reform
  • Public Policy or Advocacy
  • Civic Engagement and Democracy
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Climate and Enviromental Justice
Past cohorts included a wide range of social justice areas that intersect with gender equity, such as: racial justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, criminal legal system reform, immigration, housing, education, climate and environment, civil rights and democracy, reproductive justice health and justice, and economic justice.

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