What is Voices of Our Future?
Voices of Our Future is an online training program in new media, citizen journalism, and empowerment for emerging grassroots women leaders. At the end of the application process, thirty applicants will be selected to become Correspondents and take part in the full five-month long program where they will gain the tools and knowledge to vocalize and actualize their visions for change. Specifically, Correspondents will learn about the principles of practicing ethical citizen journalism; how to write compelling frontline journals, profiles, feature stories, and op-eds; how to use new media to amplify their voices; and the basics of digital storytelling.
Benefits of the program include:
· New media and citizen journalism training via phone and Internet by renowned experts, including program partners The Press Institute and The Op-Ed Project
· Personal coaching sessions and support via phone and Internet from a Vision Mentor
· Opportunities for publication through World Pulse and partner media organizations
· Opportunities to connect with grassroots women leaders from around the globe
· Personal development, including increased self-awareness, confidence, and empowered leadership
· Professional development, including improved skills in new media, citizen journalism, and networking
· Technology stipend to offset communication costs*
How Are The Applicants Selected?
During the course of the application process, you will be given a set of learning materials each week (for a total of four (4) weeks) through the Voices of Our Future Applicants Classroom, and asked to complete an associated writing assignment. A panel of staff and selected volunteers, called Listeners, will choose 30 applicants based on the following criteria:
· Completion of all assignments
· Expression of a positive vision for the future and solutions-oriented writing
· Commitment to promote global issues through the eyes of women
· Communication of personal experience as an underrepresented voice in your community, nation, or world; living in a developing country or conflict zone; or facing discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, or social class
· Demonstration of leadership on a personal, community, national, or global level
You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the above criteria through your writing assignments and through your interaction with staff, other applicants, and our online community on World Pulse.
Our panel of staff and Listeners will choose the top 30 most impressive applicants based on the criteria above by May 20, 2013.
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to speak for yourself to the world and advance your dreams for social change.
How do I apply?
*Stipends will be determined based on individual need and circumstance.
For any further questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What She Thinks: I participated in this program in 2009 and volunteered as a listener in 2010. I can say from personal experience that Worldpulse is committed to providing excellent teaching aids, feedback and support. I wish you the best if you apply.