Guest blog post by Jessica Reveri, coordinator of the Carl Wilkens Fellowship.
The application deadline for Genocide Intervention Network’s 2011 Carl Wilkens Fellowship is fast approaching!
The application is due by this Friday, November 5 and available online at: http://www.genocideintervention.net/advocate/wilkens/apply
Launched in 2009, the Carl Wilkens Fellowship Program seeks to bridge the gap between thought and action in the anti-genocide movement. The fellowship is a selective, 12-month leadership development program that provides a diverse set of emerging citizen leaders with the tools and training to build sustained political will to end genocide.
In its first two years, the Carl Wilkens Fellowship has worked with 38 individuals from communities across the United States and from a diversity of backgrounds – from retired corporate lawyers, to high school teachers and college professors, to computer programmers and communications specialists. Through the fellowship, each one of these individuals has committed to growing as a leader and taken it upon themselves to acquire the tools and resources to build sustained political will within their communities for the prevention and cessation of genocide.
This year, the 2010 class has made incredible strides in building the political will that is critical to sustainability of the anti-genocide movement. Since March, these 18 remarkable individuals have organized over 385 meetings, events, and presentations in their communities; made over 135 calls to their respective Congressional offices; written or signed-on to 127 emails or letters to their members of Congress; held over 45 lobbying meetings; and raised over $18,000 for Genocide Intervention Network.
We look forward to what 2011 holds for the fellowship – and to the rich contribution that the next group of fellows will make to our organization and to the movement at large.
Photo: A Carl Wilkens fellow speaks with Genocide Intervention Network Executive Director Sam Bell