Rise Up launches Leadership and Advocacy Program focused on Girls’ Education (Kenya)

Deadline: 3-Sep-23

Applications are now open for the Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator training program to advance gender equity and justice in 2023.

Through Rise Up’s program, these local leaders will advance transformational change in their organizations and communities, and champion improved national and local laws, programs, and funding for women and girls.

With support from Echidna Giving, Rise Up will select, train, and invest in 25 local civil society leaders to make progress on gender equity by advancing girls’ education in Nairobi County. The newly selected leaders in Kenya will become part of Rise Up’s global network of leaders in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the United States who are creating a future where all people can thrive.

Rise Up partners with women, girls, and their allies to expand their impact by providing the training, funding, and resources they need to achieve large-scale change at local and national levels. Rise Up Leaders go on to train fellow leaders within their communities and countries, and apply their new knowledge to launch their own strategies to advance gender equity and justice and improve the lives of girls, women, and all people in their communities.Strengthen Leaders: Following a rigorous selection process, Rise Up Leaders will participate in a week-long Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator. During this intensive training, participants learn how to strengthen the following skills: leadership, team building, resilience, goal setting, strategic planning, messaging, proposal and budget development, political mapping, policy change, and more to improve the lives of girls in their communities by expanding access to education.

Invest in Local Solutions: Following the Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator, Rise Up Leaders can apply for competitive grant funding to launch their advocacy strategies to advance girls’ education in Kenya.Build Movements with Women, Girls, and Allies: Rise Up helps leaders foster relationships with peers, funders, decisionmakers, and partner organizations. Expanding their networks with partners and funders is essential for Rise Up Leaders’ ability to grow and create change – and is integral for the movement they are building together. Rise Up also provides access to speaking opportunities, conferences, and ongoing coaching to amplify leaders’ voices.

Eligibility Criteria
Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

Civil Society leaders between the ages of 18-60 years old.
Currently working in Nairobi County, Kenya.
Have a personal interest and current commitment to promoting gender equity broadly in the three priority areas of health, education, and economic opportunity for girls and women.

Represents or works closely with marginalized groups from socially or economically marginalized communities, women and girls with disabilities, ethnic and/or religious minorities and other historically disadvantaged populations.
Ability to participate in an in-person workshop from November 13-18, 2023, with some virtual sessions pre and post workshop. Rise Up will cover all costs related to program participation, including transportation, lodging, food, materials, and internet costs.

Currently work at a non-profit organization, civil society organization, media or government organization at a level of coordination or management and have some level of decision-making power.

Have the support of the leadership of your organization to participate in the Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator.
To be eligible for a grant, Rise Up requires organizations to be legally registered in country and set up to receive international funds. Entities that are not registered can be sponsored by another financial entity or fiscal sponsor. Note: Government organizations are not eligible to receive grants through this program.
Proficient in oral and written English.


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