ACTIVATE: Building the Capacity of Leaders on the Frontlines

Produced by the HRC Foundation

ACTIVATE: Building the Capacity of Leaders on the Frontlines

is an annual professional development fellowship designed for Black and Brown trans and non-binary leaders with two or more years working in advocacy and community organizing. ACTIVATE provides an in-depth and comprehensive training curriculum that addresses the core skills needed to advance within leadership roles in the LGBTQ+ nonprofit sector.

The 2023 ACTIVATE cohort will consist of 10-12 fellows and begin with an intensive digital training and virtual convening October 13-15, 2023. This year's fellowship will also feature an in-person gathering November 17-19, 2023 and a closing virtual convening December 8-10, 2023. Beyond the cohort-based curriculum that the ACTIVATE program offers, additional benefits for fellows include:

  • A $1500 stipend
  • Tech assistance as needed
  • Meals provided during webinars and convenings
  • Access to mentorship opportunities through our alumni network
  • Additional professional development resources and opportunities

The application deadline for the 2023 ACTIVATE cohort has passed, check back next year!

Meet our 2021-2022 ACTIVATE Fellows:

  • Zahara Bassett (She, Her, Hers) Chicago, Illinois
  • Tyrell Blacquemoss (He, Him, His) Tucson, Arizona
  • Beautifull Devynne (She, Her, Hers) East Point, Georgia
  • E. Lee Dyer IV (He, Him, His) Richmond, Virginia
  • Nyla Foster (She, Her, Hers) Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ash Garcia (She, Her, Hers) Carson, California
  • Kai Guzman (They, Them, Theirs) Escondido, California
  • Trenton Johnson (He, Him, His) Dallas, Texas
  • Korea Kelly (She, Her, Hers) Kansas City, Missouri
  • Regina Livingston (She, Her, Hers) Gainesville, Florida
  • Verniss McFarland (She, Her, Hers & They, Them, Theirs) Houston, Texas
  • Andrea Montanez (She, Her, Hers) Orlando, Florida
  • Me'jour Mook (She, Her, Hers) Federal Way, Washington
  • CJ Moseley (He, Him, His) Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kendrick Tuff (He, Him, His) Atlanta, Georgia
  • Simaya Turner (She, Her, Hers) Decatur, Georgia

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