In addition to running our own campaigns, we invest in Haiyya Fellows who are provided training in community organizing and run campaigns on civic issues in their own neighborhoods. Since we started, we have trained 78 community organizers in Mumbai and Delhi and continue to be inspired by the energy of citizens who want to create change in their neighborhoods.
We have successfully launched the Fellowship Program for the 6th cohort on November 15th. We have 25 Fellows across Delhi and Mumbai who have been selected after a rigorous process of screening and interviews. The Fellowship is for 3 months and the current batch will complete their Fellowship by February 10th.
The Fellowship Journey
During the fellowship you will be:
- Identifying and leading a concrete organizing project and developing a campaign strategy on a civic issue within your neighborhood.
- Building the support of a larger community of neighbours as part of your campaign and developing relationships with local government officials.
- Attending biweekly leadership trainings on the principles of community organising developed at the Harvard Kennedy School, while being in constant contact with your coach.
The fellowship works towards building the leadership of the fellows and members of their neighbourhood through trainings and on ground experience.
The campaigns work towards building community through the tactics that we employ in our campaigns and move our community from apathy to action.
The strategy of the campaign works towards building accountability of the civic authorities that we are working with to build a responsive relationship with the local government authorities in our neighborhood.
What are we looking for? An ideal fellow would be:
- Willing to engage others and create volunteer communities.
- Believe that collective power is a critical element of change.
- Put people first and exhibit leadership qualities.
- Solution oriented and driven to create change.
- Has a strong belief and commitment towards driving social change.
- A person who has a prophetic imagination: a combination of criticality and hope.
- Able to commit at least 10 hours a week for 3 months to build community and lead a neighbourhood campaign.