Apply Now: Become a Rise Up Leader in California

PHI’s Rise Up is launching its second Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator training in California this summer and applications are now open.

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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 the Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator with PHI’s Rise Up. Participants will lead transformative change in their organizations and communities through new and improved local laws, programs and funding for women, girls and gender-nonconforming people. The program is free to attend, and includes intensive Accelerator training and the opportunity to apply for competitive grant funding.

The program will occur on June 26–30, 2023, and the application deadline is May 1, 2023. See more details below or learn more.

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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 over 750 leaders have successfully advocated for 120 new and improved laws and policies, impacting 135 million people around the world.

California Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator Training

Rise Up will select a cohort of leaders from organizations, universities, or groups in California to participate in an intensive week-long Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator training. Rise Up Leaders receive tools for leadership, team building, political mapping, policy change, goal-setting, strategic planning, messaging, proposal and budget development, and more.

Following the Accelerator, Rise Up Leaders have the opportunity to apply for competitive seed funding to launch their strategies to advance gender equity in health, education, and economic opportunity.

Rise Up also helps leaders foster relationships with peers, funders, decision-makers, and partner organizations. Expanding their networks with partners and funders is essential for Rise Up Leaders’ ability to grow and create change, and is integral for the movement we are building together. Rise Up also provides access to speaking opportunities, conferences, funders, grants, and ongoing coaching to amplify leaders’ voices.

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.

What happens when you put a group of 20 diverse leaders in a room together for a week to solve social problems? The answer is…magic! Being a part of the first-ever Rise Up Gender Equity Initiative Accelerator in the United States crystalized in my mind why I do social justice policy work. And it magnified the power of leaders throughout Northern California; through tears, laughter, aha moments, quiet reflection, extensive training, and supportive feedback, each person left with a plan to make change in their community. Julie Ramirez

Santa Clara County Management Analyst and Rise Up California Accelerator Participant

Leaders must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be leaders between the ages of 18 and 60 years old. Rise Up strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ individuals, trans people, gender-nonconforming individuals and formerly incarcerated people to apply.
  2. Be a resident of California.
  3. Have a personal interest and 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.
  4. Work at a nonprofit organization, grassroots organization, media or government organization at a level of coordination or management and have some level of decision-making power. Participation requires the support of the organization leadership to participate in a training week from June 26-30, 2023.
  5. Have at least 5 years of experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Education
  • Youth Development
  • Economic empowerment or poverty alleviation
  • Racial Justice
  • Gender
  • Human Rights
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Media
  • Community mobilization and community development
  • Sustainable development
  • Public policy or advocacy
  • Women’s civic engagement and political participation
  • Environmental justice and climate change

There is no cost to apply or participate in the training. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Karen Kaur at

Originally published by Rise Up

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