The Organizing and Leadership Academy, TOLA, is now taking applications for their next class of TOLA Fellows, which runs from July 22, 2013 through November 15, 2013. Based in Oakland, California, TOLA’s mission is to train a new generation of young people to become effective grassroots organizers and leaders. The TOLA curriculum builds upon the lessons of effective community organizing and is based on the teachings of Fred Ross Sr., the experience of the Community Service Organizations (CSO), the United Farm Workers (UFW), community organizations and effective grass roots political campaigns. Founded by Larry Tramutola, one of the country’s most successful organizers, TOLA fellows spend four months in a rigorous, engaging, and “real-life” organizing boot camp. Skilled community organizers and leaders volunteer their time to teach TOLA fellows. Through participation in campaigns and projects, TOLA fellows develop an understanding of the fundamentals of community organizing, while developing the basic organizing skills, strategies, and tactics necessary to become effective community organizers.
Read more about the fellowship experience and application tips in our interview with TOLA Fellow Karina Rivera.
Description and Qualifications
TOLA fellows must commit to a full-time organizer’s schedule (six days a week, for four months). TOLA provides an $8,000 scholarship to help cover Fellows’ living expenses.
A qualified applicant must be interested in making a difference in education, accessibility to healthcare, economic and transit development, and increasing civic participation. He/she must have excellent interpersonal skills, and strong presentation, coaching, writing, and analytical skills. Applicants must also demonstrate an ability to work in diverse communities and a desire to learn. Second language fluency is a plus.
Visit the TOLA Website at http://tolacademy.org/apply/
Application Deadline is Friday June 14, 2013. Don’t Miss Out! APPLY NOW!
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