Fortaleza NC offers scholarships to Latino youth about political activism

North Carolina, Raleigh – Young people interested in learning about the political, electoral, and legislative process in North Carolina will have the opportunity to win a scholarship to participate in the Fortaleza NC Fellows program.

Fortaleza NC has opened an enrollment period until April 15, for young college students or recent high school graduates who are residing or studying in the Triangle area counties (Wake, Durham, Orange), Mecklenburg, Onslow, Cumberland, Chatham and Pitt.

The program starts in May

In the six-month program starting in May, participants will learn in depth and in a practical way what the process looks like in the state, election campaigns, local politics, how to be community organizers and how to get involved in social issues affecting communities.

Participants will work in teams that will be given different tasks, so that they can develop different skills.

“They will do research and research on bills being introduced in the Legislative Assembly to see what steps we will take as an organization, they will help with logistics in organizing events, they will assist employees and they will know what it is like to work for a non-profit organization, among other things,” Melissa commented Cervantes, Digital Organizer of Fortaleza NC.

Fortaleza NC, is a non-profit organization, founded in 2019, headquartered in Raleigh.

It is an organization that advocates for the defense of immigrants, African Americans, LGBTQIA, the reproductive justice community, for building political power, which belongs to the organization El Pueblo.

Impact on young scientists

Fortaleza NC shared testimony from some of the Latino youth who participated in the program,” such as Nataly García, who studies social work, and confirms that her participation in Fellows helped her strengthen her social commitment and allowed her to help the community.

“We got involved in voter registration and as a young Latina helps me connect with other Latina women my age to find out why it’s important to vote,” Natalie said.

Likewise, for 20-year-old Sebastian Rios, the program was a wonderful learning experience.

“He taught me North Carolina politics, the laws, redistricting, how to organize, how to register voters and their importance,” Sebastian said.

The young man also had the opportunity to participate in the protest against the murder of Daniel Torsios, an immigrant who died after being shot by a Raleigh police officer.

“This taught me the importance of fighting for justice when situations like this happen,” said Sebastian, who encourages other young people to sign up for the scholarship, as they will have all the resources to develop a free project and do things for their communities. ..

What is required to apply for the scholarship program

  • Live or study in the Triangle area or in the counties of: Onslow, Mecklenburg, Cumberland, Chatham or Pitt.
  • Be a current undergraduate student or recent graduate. Also those who cannot study for financial or immigration reasons.
  • Speaking Spanish is an advantage, but not required.
  • Having reliable transportation is a plus, but not required. However, you should be able to arrange transportation when needed.

Benefits of Participating in the Fortaleza North Carolina Scholarship Program

  • $1,000 per month for “part-time” jobs (15 hours per week) and $2,000 for “full-time” jobs (30 hours per week).
  • Staff guidance.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Academic credit is available.

How to Apply for the Fortaleza NC Scholarship Program

Young people who wish to be part of the Fortaleza “Fellows” program must apply at this link. They must also send a copy of their CV to ruben@fortalezanc.org before April 15, 2022.

For more information about the Fortaleza and Fellows Scholarship, you can go to the Fortaleza NC website.

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