Have a disability?
Some of you may be interested in the following information:
My name is Ben Spangenberg, and I am the National Leadership Program Director at RespectAbility. We are a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for diverse people with disabilities. As an openly gay man with a disability, I understand what it means to face barriers, prejudice and discrimination in the workforce. That is why it is so important for me to help the next generation of leaders acquire the skills and experience needed to be in high demand for the best policy, communications and development jobs.
I want to let you know about our National Leadership Program for young leaders who want to go into public policy, advocacy, communications or Hollywood, and who are committed to creating a better future. RespectAbility is looking to hire the next generation of leaders to be our Fellows, and we would love to have your help with identifying talented students who are committed to equal rights.
Here are facts we want to change:
RespectAbility currently is looking to hire Fellows
- Only 65 percent of students with disabilities graduate high school and only seven percent complete college.
- Only 1-in-3 working age people with disabilities has a job.
- There are 750,000 people with disabilities currently incarcerated in our nation.
for our Spring cohort that runs from January 14 to May 17, with flexibility for start dates. We will accept 12-15 outstanding applicants from around the country who want to advance disability issues and who are seeking careers in media, public policy or advocacy. The deadline is Nov. 13.
Fellows are given the unique opportunity to work with our highly trained program staff on communications and stigma reduction
, public policy
, nonprofit fundraising
or faith inclusion
As a Fellow, they will have the chance to help our mission of:
- Reducing the “school-to-prison-pipeline” for people with disabilities by advocating for students with disabilities so they get all of the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
- Erasing the nearly 50 percent gap in labor force participation rate so that diverse people with disabilities can have jobs and a better future.
- Ensuring that diverse people with disabilities are accurately portrayed in Hollywood.
- Educating philanthropists and nonprofits about how they can include people with disabilities equally in their work.
Fellows also will work with mentors and professional staff, strengthening skills in advocacy and leadership as well as hands-on training
in public speaking, writing, social media and networking. The Fellowship enables our young leaders to gain critical skills to start their careers in public policy, media or advocacy. Alumni of the program have gone on to work at the White House, Congress, advocacy organizations, The World Bank and elsewhere.
There are opportunities for both paid and stipend Fellowships. Paid fellows make $15 an hour and we hire eight of them each year. Stipend Fellows receive a monthly transportation stipend of $300. Lunch is provided daily for all Fellows. In addition, all Fellows participate in special presentations by guest speakers and intensive strategic communications workshops.
To apply, young leaders must fill out our online application
or for more information, contact Ben Spangenberg, National Leadership Director, at BenS@RespectAbility.org
or call (202) 517-6272.
Thank you for your consideration and help!
National Leadership Program Director www.RespectAbility.org
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