Reproductive Justice Activists

As a project of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Girls of Color fund, the Reproductive Justice Activists (RJA) program seeks to center the voice and leadership of young women, non-binary youth, and allies in an effort to imagine and create a society free from all forms of reproductive oppression. In doing so, RJA will work closely with us to identify ways for the Foundation to build a strategy around Reproductive Justice advocacy.  

We seek to:  

  • Build leadership and capacity of 10-12 activists of color to serve as informed advocates on reproductive justice and their own lived experience.
  • Bring Reproductive Justice lens back to their affiliated organizations.
  • Working with the RJA, plan and develop our Reproductive Justice advocacy efforts.

Through this program, the RJA will have opportunities to:

  • Learn about the history of Reproductive Justice (RJ), current local and/or national reproductive justice issues, and current advocacy efforts 
  • Connect and build relationships with the larger RJ community
  • Develop their organizing and activism skills
  • Examine historical and contemporary examples of how racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, ageism and stigma keep women, transgender women, gender non-conforming, non-binary people of color from being able to have access to the power and resources to make fully informed decisions about their health, bodies, families, and communities
  • Inform and guide Brooklyn Community Foundation on how best to deploy and guide resources for RJ advocacy.

Ideal candidates for Reproductive Justice Activists program:

  • Are youth of color in Brooklyn between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Have at least two years of activism or organizing experience
  • Can commit to attending monthly RJA meetings in Brooklyn
  • Are passionate, self-motivated, collaborative, and committed to achieving reproductive justice
  • Are interested in creating solutions that address the impact of reproductive oppression on young people of color
  • Have a strong desire to develop leadership skills and be a part of a new generation of reproductive justice activists

Timeline

  • September 2017
    • September 8, 2017: Deadline for Applications
    • September 15, 2017: Reproductive Justice Activists announced 
    • September 2017:  RJA program begins, including introduction and community building activities
  • October/November 2017:
    • October 18, 2017 – November 30, 2017: Four reproductive justice intensive learning sessions with community and national partners.
  • December 2017: Synthesize learnings and identify advocacy priorities
     
  • January-June 2018: Monthly meetings
     
  • June 2018: RJAs share priority advocacy recommendations with Brooklyn Community Foundation and organize an action/celebration.
     

Compensation 

$1,500 for the 10 month program (averaging 8-10 hours of participation per month)
 

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete the Online Application by Friday, September 8, 2017. Email rja@bcfny.org with any questions about this opportunity.