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Seeds of Fire

YOUTH, YOUNG ADULT AND INTER-GENERATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND ORGANIZING

You are Seeds of Fire. Your experience, your goals, your dreams, and your hope: that’s who we are. Seeds of Fire invites youth centered, young adult and intergenerational groups in the South and Appalachia to get involved, get funding, and join others in events to move forward organizing for social change.  Let’s collectively build capacity among young leaders and adult allies in the South, Appalachia, and across the country; make connections between our issues locally, regionally, nationally and globally while forming lasting relationships and networks to create the Appalachia, South and world we wish to see.  Highlander and Seeds of Fire is committed to creating a world liberated of all forms of oppression and that understanding guides our work.

 

 

GET INVOLVED

Seeds of Fire Fund: The Seeds of Fire Fund is created by Highlander and supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to support youth and young adult organizing groups and efforts in the South and Appalachia. Deadline: August 15th. The fund provides grants to groups that have been engaged with Highlander’s Seeds of Fire program and other intergenerational programs over the past three years to support infrastructure projects under $2,000. You can mail your completed application to:

 Seeds of Fire Fund/Kierra Sims

Highlander Research and Education Center

1959 Highlander Way

New Market, TN 37820

Or send the original application and all supporting documents as one file in an email to Kierra Sims, at  kierra@highlandercenter.org.  If you have any questions contact Kierra at (865)850-3333.

Deadline: August 15th Applications must be received at Highlander (not postmarked) by the deadline.

SOF_FUND_APP for download for regular mail.

Click here to apply online

Please include the following application attachments:

1.    Brief Description of the Project (1 to 2 pages)

Please include: location, connection to Highlander aims-be sure to include how the project builds the infrastructure of your group, supports your youth and/or young adult organizing work, the proposed outcome(s), and your qualifications to carry out the project.

2.  Project Budget

Show us how the requested funds will be used. Please remember the requested funds should not exceed $2,000. If your project will require support beyond the funding limit of the Seeds of Fire re-granting fund, please state how you intend to obtain additional monies needed. A sample budget is attached. Please also fill out the attached  W9 Form .  

Sample Budget SOF Fund

3.  Reference Letters

Attach three reference letters from individuals or organizations in your community who know of your organization’s work. References should describe and comment on you or your organization’s work in the area of youth and young adult organizing and leadership development and specifically address your organization’s ability to carry out the proposed project.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Highlander is not responsible for late or lost submissions or technical problems that result in late or lost submissions.

If your project is funded, you will be required to acknowledge the Seeds of Fire Fund in literature, programs and advertisements for the funded event or project and to submit a project final report within 30 days of the funded event or project completion. If a final report is not submitted, future applications will not be considered.

Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee
We are looking for Southern and Appalachian youth, young adult and adult ally leaders to join the Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee, an intergenerational advisory committee to Highlander’s Seeds of Fire program.  The Advisory Committee aims to increase the input and direction of youth and young adults in the Seeds of Fire programs and the overall intergenerational work of the Highlander Center. The Advisory Committee also serves as staff for at least one Seeds of Fire programmatic event, determines grantees for the Seeds of Fire Fund (as money permits), and develops leadership and organizational development skills for members.

 

Please submit completed application to:

Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee/Elandria Williams
Highlander Research and Education Center
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820

Internships/Volunteers/Event Staff

If you are interested in interning, volunteering, or serving as event staff please feel free to contact Elandria Williams, the Program Director.  For more information about internships, click here.

Your experience, your goals, your dreams, and your hopes: You are Seeds of Fire. Seeds of Fire invites youth-centered, young adult and intergenerational groups in the South and Appalachia to get involved, get funding, and join others to move forward organizing for social change, build capacity among young leaders and adult allies, and make connections between our issues, while forming lasting relationships and networks to create the region and world we wish to see: a world liberated of all forms of oppression. That understanding guides our work.

Youth on the Move: July 16-19, 2014

Come join us for Youth on the Move, a four day workshop/camp from July 16-19th, to share strategies while developing techniques and skills for youth organizing, leadership development and governance for social change. If you would like to spend time with youth, young adults and adult allies who would like to learn more about Highlander, developing young leaders, how adult allies can create spaces for transformative growth with youth and young adults, strengthening connections between organizing and leadership development, and to share ideas and information about working to change the world, then this gathering is for you! This is also our opportunity to explore what’s so special about youth organizing and leadership development and how we can increase our potential. We will also have spaces for youth, young adults and adult allies to meet and grow separately.

We will have workshop sessions, a media/cultural track throughout, cultural sharing, talent shows, and free time to relax, reflect and have fun! This gathering will be run by our Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee. By popular demand this workshop is open to individuals and groups outside the Southern and Appalachian Region, although a majority of participants will come from the region.  The cost of this 4 day workshop is $250-$350 per person, which includes room and board.  We have resources for Southern and Appalachian groups to attend and some scholarship money available for groups and individuals with limited means who are actively engaged in social change (please send scholarship application with your registration). Childcare and English/Spanish interpretation can be provided. Folks need to apply by June 1st!!

Youth on the Move Flyer and Application

Youth on the Move Online Application

Return Form to:

Highlander Center

Youth on the Move-

1959 Highlander Way

New Market, TN 37820

Fax: 865-933-3424

For more information, contact Esme Baltazar or Elandria Williams at 865-933-3443 or esme@highlandercenter.org or Elandria@highlandercenter.org

 

GET FUNDING

Seeds of Fire Fund


The Seeds of Fire Fund is created by Highlander and supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to support youth and young adult organizing groups and efforts in the South and Appalachia. The fund provides grants to groups that have been engaged with Highlander’s Seeds of Fire program and other intergenerational programs over the past three years to support infrastructure projects under $2,000.

Seeds of Fire Fund/Elandria Williams
Highlander Research and Education Center
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820

Or send the original application and all supporting documents as one file in an email to Elandria Williams, SoF Administrator at elandria@highlandercenter.org

Deadline: May 5th
Applications must be received at Highlander (not postmarked) by the deadline.

2014 Seeds of Fire Fund Application

2014 Seeds of Fire Fund Online Application

Seeds of Fire Travel Fund

Complete the application form including the amount requested up to $500.

Seeds of Fire Travel Fund Application

We Shall Overcome Fund

The We Shall Overcome Fund is a fund that supports groups working with African American communities in the South including Maryland and DC connecting Art with Social Change.  For more information click here.

 

THE STAY PROJECT

The STAY Project aims to engage young Appalachians in creating the opportunites they need to be learners, activists, and leaders in the region. For more information check out www.stayproject.org, email stayproject@gmail.com, or contact Courtney Gillilan at 304-594-8300.

STAY  Gatherings

The STAY People of Color Gathering will bring together youth and young adults of color from throughout the Central Appalachian region for a two day workshop May 9-11 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to discuss what it means to be a person of color living in the mountains, small towns and cities of Appalachia. We will also vision ways we can better solidify the unique support we want and need as a community and how we can support each other. For more information check out www.stayproject.org, email stayproject@gmail.com, or contact Elandria Williams (elandria@highlandercenter.org; 865-933-3443 ext 244) or Courtney Gillilan at 304-594-8300.

The STAY Project is holding the 4th annual LGBTQ Youth ‘Fabu-lachian’ Gathering this May, “a weekend of community, learning and growth for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer youth and allies in Appalachia.” This identity caucus, which is the first of its kind for youth in the region, will bring together folks from across Appalachia for formative discussions about community and identity-organizing, and what those concepts mean to queer youth in Appalachia.