ACTIVATE: Building the Capacity of Leaders on the Frontlines

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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 2022-2023 ACTIVATE Fellows:

  • Brayland Brown | He/Him
  • Coira Thomas | She/They
  • Devinity Jones | She/Her
  • Jasmine Lopez | She/Her
  • Keinan Carpenter | He/They
  • King Edwards | He/Him
  • Mila Hellfyre Hernandez | She/Her
  • Monique Campbell | She/Her
  • Rebel Mack | They/Them
  • Shateer Douglas | He/Him
  • Zariah Gosha | She/They

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Learn more about the program's impact through the experiences of existing cohort members and alumni from ACTIVATE.

Celebrating Changemakers

Our changemakers share their experiences with TJI's programs, and the impact these programs have had on their daily lives. We share their stories not only to uplift their successes, but also to ensure there are positive representations of the transgender and non-binary community and its resiliency, further combating transphobia, stigma, and anti-trans violence.

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On the Frontlines: Serving and Advocating for my Local Black Trans Community

Meet Ciora Thomas, Founder and Executive Director of SisTers PGH and an HRC's ACTIVATE fellow and Trans Justice Initiative Lyft Grantee. She's on the frontlines serving and advocating her local Black Trans community.

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Happy Trans Day of Visibility: Hope and Progress for a Better World

Hear from Mila Genesis Hellfyre Hernandez and Nick Alicea Ortiz, Puerto Rican trans activists whose work and lives have been enriched by their involvement with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the HRC Foundation.

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Trans Activists You Need To Know

We're happy to share the stories of several trans change makers, and to learn what brings them joy. From small victories to significant milestones, every moment of trans joy serves as a testament to the strength and perseverance of the trans community.

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