Posted on behalf of American Friends Service Committee
The Emerging Leaders for Liberation program, or ELL, is an 8-month long educational leadership program that works to strengthen the social justice knowledge of young adults across the United States. The program consists of 6 monthly virtual meetings and 2 in-person convenings, which will take place from April 2024 to November 2024. This program incorporates traditional community organizing education, Quaker testimonies, the intersectionality of societal issues, and hands-on project planning to teach young people how to address issues in their own community. Each monthly call covers a different topic such as Healing Justice, Economic Justice, Migrant Rights, Story-telling for Change, and Climate Action. The program is made up of 20 to 30 young people who has association with Quaker college or institutions, membership in Quaker meetings, or association with AFSC youth programs from across the United States.
An important aspect of the program is the Quaker values component, which is covered in both monthly virtual calls and in-person convenings: cohort members are exposed to the history of Quakers within social justice organizing, and how Quaker values have guided individuals to action. The ELL Quaker Contractor is a position intended to support the completion of the Quakerism curriculum during the program.
- Attend monthly 2-hour virtual meetings, and conduct a brief workshop surrounding Quaker history and values as it pertains to the monthly topic
- Attend in-person convenings in Philadelphia from May 16 – 19, 2024 and one other location in the United States from November 14 – 17, 2024
- Conduct a workshop on the basics of Quaker principles, values, and history, during Philadelphia meeting in May 2024
- Assist ELL staff with logistics during in-person convenings: facilitation, group activities, set-up, clean-up, etc.
- Meet with Emerging Leaders staff periodically to plan monthly workshop content, and strengthen existing Quaker curriculum
- Assist Emerging Leaders staff in building a network of Quakers to share the ELL program with
The Emerging Leaders for Liberation Quaker Contractor will receive $2,500 stipend that will be paid in two installments during the duration of the cohort year. Additionally, travel, food, and lodging will be covered during in-person convenings.
Candidates should send an email to the Director of ELL, Julian Andaya, with a resume and cover letter which responds to two queries:
- What most interests you in this position?
- How do you see Quakerism having an impact on social change?