I.N.G. Fellowship - Inspiring, Nurturing, and Guiding the Next Generations of Champions
We support young people who are passionate about social justice to organize and address different issues affecting the Inglewood community.
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Eligibility: Date of Birth
May 28, 1997
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521 W. Hyde Park Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90302
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Date You Started Your Project Started
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)
1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
We seek to solve the lack of civic engagement in Inglewood (ING) for people between the ages of 18-35 because they have proven to have the lowest voter turnout. They are also impacted by the prison industrial complex at disproportionate rates. The ING City Council, specifically, invests more into their police enforcement and ”revitalization projects” compared to community services which are crucial forms of intervention and empowerment.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
The ING Fellowship will solve the problem by educating, empowering, and retaining the next generation of leaders in Inglewood, CA. The Fellowship is meant to create a leadership pipeline for young people from Inglewood, CA to engage in local government initiatives and policies. It will work towards creating sustainable and institutional change to increase civic engagement in Inglewood, CA by providing informative and collaborative trainings and workshops that will support our fellows develop their projects.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
As the daughter of two immigrant parents and sister to five siblings I aspired to be the first in my family to graduate from a four year university. I had the privilege of attending UCLA where I continued to grapple with education in a political context. I was able to develop my self-empowerment and political consciousness because I majored in an Ethnic Studies field and was involved in social justice spaces. Through my experiences I was finally able to understand the systemic oppressions that my community and I experience. Therefore, I felt a sense of responsibility to come back to Inglewood and share political education as tools of resistance and power to increase the social agents of change in the neighborhood that raised me because this information needs to be accessible to People of Color everywhere and not just in educational institutions.
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
We aim to welcome our fellows by pairing them with community guides (CG), aka mentors, who are passionate about advocating against similar issues and have a personal connection with them based on identity and/or lived experiences. CGs will be asked to share a short bio so fellows can rank their CG preferences. We are intentionally providing this opportunity for fellows to practice their agency so they feel compatible with the person that will be supporting them. In addition to CG preferences and pairing, we will facilitate bi-monthly trainings that center identity, community, teamwork, and agency of change in hopes of expanding our fellows political consciousness and self-awareness. Lastly, we will connect our fellows to current community organizations in Inglewood so they can expand their resources and establish networks outside of our fellowship to achieve their projects.
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
Essentially, anyone with a passion to make meaningful change in Inglewood, CA, is welcome to apply to the ING Fellowship. The age range is broad enough to include an array of generations with various experiences and viewpoints. This allows the Fellowship to reach an age group that has the least voter engagement. The Fellowship seeks to create a “leadership pipeline” established in the community. We need this leadership pipeline in place in order to ensure we continue to inspire, nurture and guide the future leaders who will continue our mission.
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We have begun to establish our name in the city. We have created a considerable amount of momentum, by partnering with various local businesses in the community through fundraisers like an Open Mic series. This is of particular importance because it is directly supporting local business owners that are being affected by gentrification. Overall, community members have expressed excitement about the fellowship, and continue to give us support.
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
Some of our short term goals include providing a generous stipend to all 10 fellows and hosting an annual Block Party as the culminating celebration, with prominent Inglewood/South LA natives like Issa Rae, as keynote speakers. Long term goals include the establishment of a community center where we can host all our events and workshops, continuing partnerships with local organizations and businesses that would support the 10 fellows in obtaining jobs and internships, and expanding our fellowship at the high school level.
9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?
10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations between $100-$1k
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?
Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuba, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian) (7)
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?
Communities of color
Religious minority (non-Christian)
How did you hear about this challenge?
Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?
Young People For Fellowship