More time to apply for Campaign Bootcamp!

More time to apply for Campaign Bootcamp!

Great news! We’re extending the deadline to apply for the next two bootcamps to Wednesday 15th March - that’s less than two weeks away!

Altogether, we now have a fantastic FORTY scholarships on offer for the next two Bootcamps - that means more than half of the participants will be able to come on our trainings for free.

This is kinda a big deal! For many this means all expenses paid training, complete with food and accommodation in our beautiful new venue Bore Place in Kent, with travel bursaries to the venue also available on request.

If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, you'll have to be quick! The deadline is Wednesday 15th March 2016 (9am). Apply now!

Scholarship Spotlight: Mailchimp Scholarship for Refugee, Asylum Seeking and Migrant Campaigners

Scholarship Spotlight: Mailchimp Scholarship for Refugee, Asylum Seeking and Migrant Campaigners

In the political context of Fortress Europe, BREXIT, a refugee 'crisis' and Trump, it's as important as ever that refugee, asylum seeking and migrant voices are listened to in these times of heightened xenophobia. That's why I'm happy that once again we able to offer our Mailchimp scholarships for refugee, asylum seeking and/or migrant campaigners on our next two bootcamps. 

New Scholarship! Save the Children's Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship

New Scholarship! Save the Children's Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship

I’m really happy to announce that we have launched a new scholarship specifically for women. The Save the Children Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship will cover the costs for three women to access Campaign Bootcamp’s training for free. This is a new pilot scholarship that is available for Bootcamp 9; applications for which are now open - get to it!

We have launched this scholarship in memory of Jo Cox, former MP for Batley and Spen, Yorkshire, who was murdered last year. To honour Jo, the scholarship will cover some of the issues she was most passionate about.

Scholarship Spotlight: Campaigners of Colour Outside of London

Scholarship Spotlight: Campaigners of Colour Outside of London

As a black woman navigating the world of campaigning, this scholarship is particularly important to me - without it I would not have been able to come on Bootcamp 4 myself. I know intimately how overlooked faces of colour can be in activism, and I'm really proud Campaign Bootcamp are committed to tackling this.

On the last Campaign Bootcamp 70% of Bootcamp 8 participants identified as being a person of colour / BME (Black and Minority Ethnic), with over a third of the group identifying as black / of the African diaspora - and we think that's pretty great! 

Scholarship Spotlight: Standing up to racism and xenophobia

Scholarship Spotlight: Standing up to racism and xenophobia

Post EU referendum and in the era of Trump, black and brown folks are bearing the brunt of an emboldened far right politic. This proverbial pat on the back for fascism has resulted in a surge of unabashed racist and xenophobic assaults in the UK. What was once masked behind twitching curtains and coded whispers about immigration and 'those communities', is now being paraded violently on our streets. Racists and xenophobes weren't created by these political horrors, but they sure do feel validated by them. 

Here at Bootcamp we want to support campaigners actively resisting racism and xenophobia in the UK. 

Scholarship Spotlight: UNICEF Scholarship for Young Campaigners

Scholarship Spotlight: UNICEF Scholarship for Young Campaigners

As someone with an interest in Youth Engagement, and as someone not too old myself(!), it's particularly important to me that young campaigners feel that Campaign Bootcamp is financially accessible to them. Young people so often are at the forefront of making political and social change, and we want to be able to support them in their missions.

That's why I'm glad to say that UNICEF are funding our Young Campaigners scholarship - which is a scholarship explicitly for campaigners aged 18 - 21. I'm constantly inspired by the thoughtful politics and activism showcased by the young people who have come on Bootcamp. So for this blog, I thought I'd show off some of the fantastic campaigners who were under 21 when they came on Bootcamp - check them out!

A new way of supporting our community

Here at Bootcamp we’re best known for our week long residential that aims to give campaigners the skills, confidence and community to get out there and change the world. However the Bootcamp programme doesn’t stop when the Bootcampers all go home. We offer everyone a year of support following the residential. Currently this includes providing them with a mentor, as well as follow up trainings throughout the year.

Building communities of resistance

Building communities of resistance

"Self care is not an act of self indulgence, but an act of self preservation and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde

Coming into activism as a result of experiencing injustices and/or supporting those that do can leave us feeling overwhelmed, traumatised and exhausted, especially if our work consists of constant fire-fighting or being reactive.

This is a guest blog by Karen Larbi a Bootcamp 4 graduate and Bootcamp 5 organiser. 

We have FORTY scholarships available for our next two bootcamps!

I'm really pleased to say that over 70% of bootcampers will be attending on either a full or partial scholarship this year!

We have a whopping FORTY scholarships on offer for our next two trainings; a record high for Campaign Bootcamp. 

This is kinda a big deal! For many this means all expenses paid training, complete with food and accommodation in our venue in Debden (just outside London), with travel bursaries to Debden also available. 

If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, you'll have to be quick! There is only one month before our applications close on Tuesday 29th March 2016 (9am). Apply now!

We don't believe people should be out of pocket to come on our training and are committed to making bootcamp as accessible as possible.

Ensuring Bootcamp is affordable is particularly important when often activists holding the greatest stake in the issues they campaign on come from a low income and/or working class background and are already running their campaigns on a shoe string.

So what do we have scholarships for?

Loads of stuff to be honest! Check them out:

There's not a lot of time left to apply for Bootcamp and take advantage of the scholarships we have on offer - get on it!

The deadline for applications is only one month away - 9am Tuesday 29th March 2016.

Our scholarship places form the bulk of our wonderful, diverse community - they're what help keep our community dynamic and powerful. We call for diversity in campaigning because:

  1. We want to redress the imbalance society systematically imposes on those from marginalised backgrounds

  2. We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced

  3. Campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to confront it

I came on Bootcamp on a Black and Minority Ethnic Scholarship myself, I couldn't come on the training without it -don't miss out! 

- Tamara-Jade, Outreach Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarship Spotlight: Greenpeace Scholarship for Environmental Campaigners

It's vital to me that environmental activists are included in the Campaign Bootcamp cohort. 

Before working at Campaign Bootcamp, I came on the training last year, and I'll be honest with you, environmental campaigning wasn't really my bag and I was sceptical of the activists moving in those spheres. 

By the time I finished bootcamp however, my attitude had changed - the interconnectedness of social justice with the environmental movement really brought the issue to life for me, and that's all down to the passionate campaigners on my cohort. 

We need more people who can change the hearts and minds of cynics such as myself in the face of environmental crisis and that's why I'm grateful Campaign Bootcamp is committed to this kind of activism.

I also know that a lot of green activists are running their campaigns on a shoe-string, so we have set aside money from Greenpeace specifically to fund these places on bootcamp. 

If you're a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp (£3000) and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming. 

If you're successful in getting a scholarship you'll get access to the full year long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you'll learn the key skills needed to make change in the modern age. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, fundraising, choosing your tactics, building websites, coding and much more! After the residential is over you'll get a year of mentorship, training days and community support.

TO SUM UP

  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email hello@campaignbootcamp.org with any questions you may have
  • Click the button below to apply

Scholarship Spotlight: Scholarships for Campaigners of Colour

I'm really excited to talk about one of my favourite aspects of Campaign Bootcamp - our scholarships for campaigners from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds!

As a black woman navigating the world of campaigning, this scholarship is particularly important to me - without it I would not have been able to come on Bootcamp 4 last year! I know intimately how overlooked faces of colour can be in activism, and I'm really proud Campaign Bootcamp are committed to tackling this.

On the last Campaign Bootcamp just over half of the bootcampers were from a BME background - which I think's pretty great! 

It's never a comfortable conversation to have, but all too often it seems that white men float to the top when it comes to being considered 'leaders' of a movement, when more often than not they're not the ones who face the issues they campaign on most pointedly. Ensuring we embrace racial diversity is important to us because:

  1. We want to redress the imbalance society systematically imposes on those from marginalised backgrounds

  2. We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced

  3. Campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to confront it

To do this we have scholarships funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Tinsley Foundation specifically for BME campaigners, and they can campaign on any issue - it doesn't have to be on race. 

If you're successful in getting a scholarship you'll get access to the full year long Campaign Bootcamp programme. It starts with a week of intensive training where you'll learn the key skills needed to make change in the modern age. The syllabus includes planning a campaign, working with the media, fundraising, choosing your tactics, building websites, coding and much more! After the residential is over you'll get a year of mentorship, training days and community support.

If you're a grassroots campaigner the scholarships can cover the full fee of coming on Bootcamp (£3000) and if you work at an NGO there are partial scholarships available to cover some of the costs of coming. 

TO SUM UP

  • Deadline for applications: 9am Tuesday 29th March 2016
  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email hello@campaignbootcamp.org with any questions you may have
  • Click the button below to apply