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:
We want to redress the imbalance society systematically imposes on those from marginalised backgrounds
We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have
- Click the button below to apply