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Apply Now: Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: Racial Truth & Reconciliation Advocacy Day

Posted:  -  By: Chloe Edwards

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applicants must complete the application by November 23, 2020 by 5PM. We cannot guarantee this opportunity again. Please contact Chloe@vakids.org with any questions.  
Voices for Virginia’s Children is looking for a team of 15 youth, 10 parents, and 8 artists to participate in Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: Racial Truth & Reconciliation Advocacy Day in January 2021. The theme of the day is “amplifying the voices and truths of the people.” This is a hybrid advocacy event, taking place over the course of two days, with both a virtual and in-person component. Youth, parents, and artists will be part of our first cohort where they will learn to tell stories in order to advocate on behalf of policies that impact them, during the virtual component, and will also participate in a grassroots Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Note that artists will participate as advocates in the virtual advocacy day and will perform virtually the day of the advocacy day or in-person at the MLK Day (we are still in the planning process).   

The purpose of this cohort is to create a seat at “the table” for advocates and activists to amplify their voices, experiences, and truths in providing meaningful feedback to policymakers on the systems and pieces of legislation that has or will impact their lives. The advocacy teams participate in a series of advocacy trainings, media trainings, and activities for participants to get to know each other. The itinerary of events tentatively includes virtual legislative visits, an in-person grassroots advocacy day of action, and a tentative Q&A with special guests (more details to come). Individuals who identify as persons of color, LGBTQ+individuals with different abilities, and other oppressed communities are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Application Criteria  

Youth: 15 spots open  

  • Age: 14-25  
  • Must have lived experience of one or more of the following 
  • The use of public systems:  
  • mental health 
  • health  
  • child welfare systems (kinship care, foster care, family preservation, CPS involvement)  
  • public assistance  
  • Childhood adversity and trauma 
  • Racial trauma and/or oppression  
  • Must currently reside in Virginia  

Caregivers: 10 spots open  

  • Must have lived experience of one or more of the following:  
  • The use or involvement in public systems:  
  • mental health 
  • health  
  • child welfare systems (kinship care, foster care, family preservation, CPS involvement)  
  • public assistance  
  • Childhood adversity and trauma 
  • Racial trauma and/or oppression  
  • Caregiver involvement in systems can also include kinship parents, foster parents, and fictive kin.  
  • Must currently reside in Virginia  

Artists: 8 spots open  

  • Must have lived experience of one or more of the following:  
  • The use of public systems:  
  • mental health 
  • health  
  • child welfare systems (kinship care, foster care, family preservation, CPS involvement)  
  • public assistance  
  • Childhood adversity and trauma 
  • Racial trauma and/or oppression  
  • Must currently reside in Virginia  
  • Art includes but is not limited to:  
  • Musician  
  • Spoken Word  
  • Poetry  
  • Writer  
  • Singer/Rapper  
  • Dancer  
  • Etc.  

Participants Receive: 

  • $50 Stipend  
  • Advocacy Training  
  • Leadership Opportunities  
  • Advocacy Experience  
  • Networking & Engagement Opportunities  

Dates of Events: 

  • December 4th – 7PM-8:30PM (Advocacy Training 101- General Assembly)  
  • December 11th – 7PM – 8:30PM (Advocacy Training 102 – Storytelling)  
  • January 8th – 7PM-8:30PM (Advocacy Training 103 – Justice)  
  • Talking Point Prep Session: Advocates will have the option to schedule individual talking point prep sessions leading up to the advocacy day.  
  • January 18th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (In-person) (More details coming soon)  
  • January 25th – Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: Racial Truth & Reconciliation  Advocacy Day (Virtual)  

Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: Racial Truth & Reconciliation Day Cohort Application

Amplifying the Voices of Truths of the People
  • Participants must fall in the (14-25) age range.
    i.e. public mental health services, foster care (former youth or parent of youth), kinship care (for youth - raised by) or (for adults- were or are a relative or fictive relative), public assistance (public housing, benefits, etc.), public healthcare (Medicaid), or more. Email Chloe@vakids.org with questions.
  • If you prefer not to write your essay answer, you may submit a video answer. Please submit it using the file submission space below.
  • If you prefer not to write your essay answer, you may submit a video answer. Please submit it using the file submission space below.
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