Call For Nominations
We are pleased to solicit nominations for the Center for Dignity Recovery and Empowerment Fellowship Program funded by counties through the California Mental Health Authority (CalMHSA). 25 fellowships will be awarded to emerging leaders in the field of mental health and recovery from the U.S. and abroad.
Eligibility: Passionate, emerging leaders who utilize innovative approaches to mobilize/contribute to their communities for the advancement of mental health wellness, emphasizing dignity, recovery and empowerment. Leaders should currently be working on or piloting specific projects that address positive wellness and recovery in their community (e.g. mental health stigma reduction, suicide prevention, culturally responsive practices, spirituality). They will need to commit to this project for one year under the mentorship of prominent leaders in the field and with the support of other fellows*.
- 1-3 years of experience working in the field of mental health and recovery;
- Demonstrated leadership initiative and skills
- Demonstrated capacity and local opportunity
- Current involvement on a specific project they have developed or are working on that demonstrates an innovative and unique approach for solving existing mental health-related issues in their community. Involvement on newly proposed pilot projects (to be developed during time frame with the support of an organization) also meets this requirement.
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Description of the Fellowship Program: The Center’s one-year leadership development program prepares emerging community leaders to become transformational leaders, creating significant and innovative improvements within their communities related to mental health wellness and recovery.
Selected fellows will participate in:
Tools for Change Forum 2015. The program will be a one day pre-conference forum on February 17, 2015 and prior to the International Together against Stigma Conference being held February 18- 20 2015 in San Francisco. Through a series of interactive workshops, small group work and a workshop presentation during the two-day conference, fellows will: 1) strengthen their leadership skills in such areas as advocacy, system change, and community engagement; 2) work on leadership strategy for activating their communities in regard to their specific projects; and 3) establish networks and mentor/mentee relationships with prominent leaders in the field of mental health and recovery.
Project implementation under the mentorship of established leaders. As a follow-up, fellows will work with prominent mentors over the course of the year to implement their specific projects to enhance and reach the wider community, while also involving and collaborating with other change agents in their communities.
Community of Practice. Using social media, webinars and e-learning activities, fellows will share findings, successes and challenges of their respective projects.
Nomination Procedures and Format: The nominator should complete the nomination form and submit required materials on the on-line application form or firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2014:
1) One-page cover letter describing the nominee’s strengths and contributions, and why the nominee is a good fit for the Fellowship Program;
2) CV or resume of nominee;
3) Description of current innovative project that the nominee is pursuing in the community (1 page);
4) 3 references
Nominations will be reviewed by Selection Committee, with final candidates being selected and notified by January 5th, 2015.
*Individuals representing or working in diverse, unserved and/or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.