Advocacy Academy 2019

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Advocacy Academy is an opportunity to get involved in the disability rights movement and learn the skills of advocacy! Participants will learn:

Advocacy Academy is a paid 8-week summer job where participants choose a disability advocacy issue to learn about and then create an advocacy campaign around that issue. This year we are pleased to be offering Advocacy Academy in both Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

  • The history of the Disability Rights Movement in the United States
  • The skills of advocacy
  • Personal leadership skills
  • How to work in a group
  • Workplace skills
  • How to plan and implement a disability advocacy project

This is a paid position at $10.70 per hour.

Qualifications & Expectations:

  • Are between 16–29 years of age
  • Are able to commit to the entire 8 week position
  • Have a disability
  • Are motivated to increase their leadership skills

Selected participants are expected to be present for all sessions (see “Schedule” section below for details) and participate in the advocacy project process.

2019 Schedule

Advocacy Academy meets three afternoons per week for 8 weeks during the summer. Participants are expected to be at each session. This year we are conducing Advocacy Academy in both Kalamazoo and Battle Creek and each has a slightly different schedule. Please determine which location you are interested in, and be sure you can commit to the schedule for that location before applying.

In Kalamazoo:

In Kalamazoo Advocacy Academy meets Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons, June 24 through August 21, 2019, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (see schedule exceptions below). In Kalamazoo, Advocacy Academy meets at our Kalamazoo office located at 517 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kalamazoo Schedule Exceptions:

  • On Tuesday, July 30 the group will meet for a full day (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and travel to Lansing to visit legislators at the State Capitol.
  • Advocacy Academy will NOT meet on: July 1, 2, 3 and 31.
  • A graduation ceremony will be held on the last day, Wednesday, August 21.

Schedule In Battle Creek:

In Battle Creek Advocacy Academy meets Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
afternoons, June 18 through August 15, 2019, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. (see schedule exceptions below). In Battle Creek Advocacy Academy will meet at 424 Riverside Drive, Battle Creek, Michigan

Battle Creek Schedule Exceptions:

  • On Tuesday, July 30 the group will meet for a full day (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and travel to Lansing to visit legislators at the State Capitol.
  • Advocacy Academy will NOT meet on: July 2, 3, 4 & 31.
  • A graduation ceremony will be held on the last day, Thursday, August 15.

Applying for Advocacy Academy 2019

To apply for this year’s Advocacy Academy, email or mail us your resume along with answers to the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in learning about the Disability Rights Movement and advocacy?
  2. What does advocacy mean to you?
  3. What leadership skills do you want to develop?
  4. Please describe your disability.
    (This question is asked to ensure the Advocacy Academy team is comprised of a cross-disability group.

Send your resume and answers to the above questions to Miranda Grunwell by email:
grunwellm@dnswm.org
or mail to:
Advocacy Academy Application
c/o Miranda Grunwell
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
517 E. Crosstown Parkway
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Click the button below to download the appropriate application. Please let us know if you need an accommodation to apply.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 9, 2019.