What is the 3rd Space Fellowship?

The 3rd Space Fellowship is a leadership development opportunity focused on strengthening community access and sustainability at the Audre Lorde Project (ALP). The fellowship will be supporting two primary projects; the resource database and the response team training:

Throughout the five months, the 3rd Space Fellow will focus on

  • Strengthening and building our Resource Database; an excel spreadsheet that lists updated information on community resources, health and social services that our community members have accessed, need and/or are a part of. The fellow’s role will  include updating, cleaning, and entering new data in the current resource database.

  • Support the administrative work, logistics, and implementation of the 3rd Space Response Team Training that is scheduled for May 2019. The Response Team Training is an annual workshop to recruit and engage community members in practicing organized and intentional community care. While ALP is not a direct service agency, we do believe that in order to organize for our community, we must recognize and support responses to the emergent, immediate, and dire needs that impact all of us. This training increases skills in caring for one another from a community-wide framework, as well as our capacity to vet and hold direct service agencies accountable. In the training, we will be sharing the skills built from years of response team members offering crisis intervention, de-escalation, organization vetting, and more while also learning new strategies from each other.

Mission: 

The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Two Spirit Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.

Responsibilities: 

Length of Position: 5 months, 10 hours/week

Start and End Date: March 1st - June 3rd

Salary/Pay: $15/hour + Monthly MetroCard

Supervisor: 3rd Space Coordinator Simone Sobers (with support of Director of Programs Cleopatra Acquaye-Reynolds)

 

What is the 3rd Space Support Program?

The  3rd Space Support Program builds and amplifies community based practices of  care, access, health, & wellness. The program is comprised of community members who are invested in language and disability access, a radical community care strategy & peer support, and in the work of integrating healing into general organizing while also politicizing healers, health practitioners and service providers.

In 3rd Space we do this by:

  • Organizing a group of community interpreters and translators and support their skill development and practice by supporting language access in ALP’s organizing.

  • The 3rd Space collective who build the political and practical strategies for community care within a grassroots community based praxis.

  • Radical peer support through sharing and organizing a resource database available to all community members to help them find support in a range of topics including healthcare, legal defense, housing, education and more.

  • Increasing collective care strategies by skill sharing, networking and trainings that vary from self care to de-escalation and crisis intervention.

All of this done while upholding  critical values including; meeting across differences, moving from a stance of honoring our ancestral lineage as QTGNC black, indigenous and brown folx, and working outside the state.

 

Required Qualifications: 

Who Should Apply?

  • Community members who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and/or Queer, Black, Indigenous People of Color.  (LGBTSTGNC BIPOC)

  • Please note in your application if you are an Audre Lorde Project member or what work you have done with ALP (if any).

 

Qualities We’d Love to See in an Applicant

  • An interest and curiosity in community care and sustainability

  • Database entry and development skills

  • An interest and curiosity in community building

  • A good communicator

  • De-escalation skills. As a 3rd Space Fellow, your role will include working with and around people in crisis, with different abilities and needs.

  • Someone willing and able to do site visits around the city as outreach.

  • Someone who can be flexible and creative, can shift to new and continuing changes.

  • Someone who can work independently and/or is a self-starter.

  • An interest and curiosity about access and disability justice

  • A creative thinker

 

What You Don't Need

A degree. Brilliance exists in many shapes and forms; we recognize and uplift that, and we do not want to replicate the exclusivity and harms of education systems and  institutions.

 

How Does the Fellow Benefit from the Position?

  • The chance to organize a community-based training, which includes learning and practicing skills of: facilitation, curriculum writing, and logistical and financial components of creating and implementing a training

  • Database/Microsoft excel building practice and training

  • Political education and organizing rooted in ALP’s Organizing Principles and 3rd Space Values

  • Work experience, income, and the opportunity to showcase their learned skills

 

What Does the Fellowship Entail?

  • The Fellow will work approximately 10 hours per week primarily within the ALP offices at a rate of $15 per hour. Unlimited Metro Card will be included for duration of fellowship.

  • The length of the fellowship is 5 months, starting in February and ending mid-June.

  • The 10 hours each will week will be scheduled to match yours, the organization’s, and the 3rd Space Coordinator’s needs

  • Duties include reaching out to direct service agencies and other community-based organizations and support facilitating a training with a minimum of 5 attendees

 

 

Compensation: 

$15/hour + Monthly MetroCard

How To Apply: 

How Do You Apply?

  • Write a cover letter -  1 page describing what skills, talents, and brilliance you have that can support the work of the 3rd Space Fellowship

and/or

  • Get creative!: Make a video or voice submission

Send submissions to simone@alp.org

Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2019