Women's Policy Institute of the Women's Foundation of California
Applications are now open for this premiere advocacy and leadership training program for women and trans*folks who want to build their skills to influence public policymaking at the state level. Applications are due July 26, 2016, Noon, PST.
The Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) is a renowned year-long program designed to train community-based leaders in California in public policy advocacy. The goal of WPI is to increase the number and capacity of visionary leaders, their organizations and their communities so that they can become actively involved in shaping and implementing policies that affect the lives of women, trans* folks and their families and communities.
Widely recognized as one of the most successful policy advocacy training programs on the West Coast, the WPI-State fellowship was launched by the Women’s Foundation of California in 2003. In the last thirteen years, the courageous efforts of our fellows have contributed to the passage of 25 new state laws. These laws have drastically improved the health, safety and economic well-being of Californians, and even more state and local policy has been created or impacted by our alumni.
Since 2003, we’ve trained close to 400 grassroots leaders throughout California in public policy advocacy at the state level. The vast majority of these leaders continue working in policy long after their fellowship ends: Our alumni are advocates, lawyers, direct service providers, executive directors, public officials, educators and organizers, and collectively they constitute one of the most powerful voices fighting for the health and well-being of disadvantaged communities in California.
Each year the Women’s Foundation of California chooses specific focus areas that will improve the health, safety and economic security of California’s women, trans* folks and their families and communities. This year WPI plans to receive applications in the following four issue areas: criminal justice, health, interpersonal violence and reproductive justice. Prior to the application process, we will also be selecting a pre-formed childcare team to work on this year’s economic justice project.
Because WPI-State is an experiential training fellowship, our teams will learn about the policy process and research and develop a policy advocacy project (usually a state bill) of their choosing, all the while supported by a mentor who is an expert in public policy work. The fellows will develop relationships with key state policymakers, government employees and allied advocates; select a bill to support or develop; and implement an advocacy plan to move the bill through the legislature.
This year we are accepting applications from individuals as well as from pre-formed teams. If selected, individual applicants will be placed in teams based on overlapping areas of interest. Pre-formed teams, meanwhile, are groups of five people who wish to apply to the fellowship together and who represent different organizations that are already working or want to start working together.
Application Release: Friday, June 3, 2016, Noon PST
Online Application Due: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Noon PST
Application Status Notification
: First week of September 2016Informational Webinars
: If you plan to participate in one of our webinars below, please RSVP here
- Wednesday, June 15, 2016: 10:00 AM PST
- Thursday, June 23, 2016: 1:00 PM PST
- Friday, June 24, 2016: 10:00 AM PST
- Friday, July 1, 2016: 1:00 PM PST
Springboard is a workforce development initiative designed to train and hire African Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 in high tech positions in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Free 8-month technical training
- Receive college credits (CCSF)
- Receive industry credentials
- Leadership and soft skills development (Bayview YMCA)
- Mentoring support
- $500 monthy stipend
- Snacks/meals daily
- On-going support toward success
Benefits after successful completion of the training program:
- Guaranteed tech job
- $40,000+ a year
- Medical/dental benefits
- Tuition reibmursements toward continuing education
- Additional benefits based on company placement
- African American ages 18-24
- Desire to develop tech skills
- San Francisco Bay Area resident
- High school graduate (by Spring 2016)
- Community college student
- 2.5+ grade point average
- Committed to growth & learning
Training begins August 15, 2016, and ends May 24, 2016. Paid apprenticesheips with benefits begin June 2016.
Deadline to apply: June 30, 2016
Contact Mo'MAGIC for an application today!
Click here to apply.
Peer Wellness Center
A safe place for participants to learn empowerment skills, mindrulness practices, whole health and over-all wellness with peer counselors and wellness staff who have lived experience in mental health and recovery.
For more information, click here.
Orientations are held every Thursday at 10 a.m at 1245 Howard St., San Francisco
Though anyone interested in learning about the program is invited to attend an orientation, we ESPECIALLY encourage the following groups of people to apply:
- Women interested in the construction trades
- People with barriers to employment (ie: no DL, no GED) who want assistance with these barriers
- San Francisco residents
- Applicants aged 18-24
Click ETC FlyerFebruary2016.pdf for more information.