It’s almost been 2 years since I’ve joined as staff at CPA, 5 years since I was a Seeding Change fellow, and 9 years since I first entered CPA through Youth MOJO.
After becoming staff, I learned the programs most integral to my personal and political growth weren’t funded in the traditional ways--specifically, Gender Sexuality Diversities (GSD) program and Seeding Change Fellowship . Gender Sexuality Diversities is the the queer wing of Youth MOJO and Seeding Change Fellowship is an incubator for Asian American grassroots organizors.
These programs were funded by CPA’s Self Determination Funds. The money from this fund is not restricted by government contracts or centered around meeting deliverables to foundations, allowing us more freedom to do work that aligns with our values. Now the work I do as a part of the Operations team support the work of programs like Youth MOJO, GSD, and Seeding Change by providing the infrastructure for them to continue inspiring and empowering young people. For me to continue giving them support, we also need your support!
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