FRIDA Call for Proposals: Meaningful Teenage Girl and LGBTQA Youth Engagement

Call for Proposals – Internal Policies and Procedures for Meaningful Teenage Girl and LGBTQA Youth Engagement

Location: Flexible

Duration: 3 month contract

Application Deadline – July 7, 2019

Application here

ABOUT FRIDA

Founded in 2010, FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas across the globe. We believe in thecollective power, expertise, and innovation of young feminist organizers to address root causes and structures of inequality in order to create lasting change in their communities. To this end, FRIDA:

  • Provides small flexible grants to fund initiatives led by girls, young women, trans* and intersex youth under 30 years old with small flexible grants for core support, selected through an annual participatory review process.

  • Offers opportunities for capacity development that are accessible and responsive to the needs of young feminist organizers, and based on linking and learning relationships that strengthen networks of young feminist activists within multigenerational movements;

  • Mobilizes resources from both traditional and non-traditional sources, with new and modern methods, to enhance the quality and quantity of funding for women’s human rights; and

  • Builds knowledge for advocacy to ensure financial and non-financial policies are inclusive and responsive to the priorities articulated by girls, young women, trans* and intersex youth.

POSITION BACKGROUND

Since the very first grantmaking cycle, FRIDA has been funding and supporting young feminist groups led by  or centered on teenage girl groups representing different identities and backgrounds. Overall FRIDA funded and supported around 95 girl-led, teenage LGBTQA or girls-centered groups.

At FRIDA we believe in the transforming power of girls and LGBTQA youth activists to fully participate in social justice movements. FRIDA promotes meaningful teenage girl and LGBTQA engagement in its governance and it ensures a representation of girl and LGBTQA expertise in the Advisory Committee. Advisors represented by teenage girls and LGBTQA youth bring their expertise and  perspectives to shape FRIDA’s support to girl led, LGBTQA youth and girl focused groups. They play a key role in advising on girl, LGBTQA issues, supporting with specific outreach in each region, participate in projects and represent FRIDA at advocacy and philanthropy events.

FRIDA is requesting proposals for a consultant who would support in reviewing existing meaningful teenage girl and LGBTQA engagement practices at FRIDA, especially from legal standpoints for safeguarding and recommend what gaps needs to be addressed.

MAIN ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with key staff members girl advisors, grantee partners and board members address any institutional risks, particularly safeguarding and other legal gaps. This will include development of relevant policies, protocols that might include child protection, ethical and labour code working with activists under 18 years old

  • Document and improve existing strategies and approaches to girl engagement, child participation, and child protection

  • Potentially develop girl and queer friendly information that is accessible and relevant to their contexts

  • Organize and deliver online webinars and if needed in-person trainings for FRIDA staff and FRIDA community

  • Advise on legal aspects of meaningful participation of activists under 18 years old in FRIDA’s governance, including Board, Advisory Committee

  • Advise on FRIDA’s grantmaking and document the actual legal process of awarding grants, transferring funds, and providing tailored support to girl-led groups.

  • Advise on FRIDA’s monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, advocacy when it comes to supporting teenage girls and LGBTQA youth participation.

KEY DELIVERABLES

1. An organizational audit of current policies and standards at FRIDA

2. Based on the audit, 2-3 most significant or urgent policies (new or revised) for work with teenage girls and LGBTIQ youth, these could include:

  • Ethical standards for working with minors
  • A whistleblower policy
  • A child protection policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Protocol related to labour laws re: to adolescents and how payment regulations look like for activists under 18

3. Train staff, advisors, board and wider FRIDA community in do no harm approaches (child protection policies etc)

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS 

  • The ideal candidate will have experience in the development of child rights policies and guidelines working with activists under 18 years old.
  • Knowledge of international and regional child protection mechanisms and guidelines working with activists under 18 years old.

  • Experience in engaging /  being part of girl-led groups or building girl-adult partnerships.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, familiarity with databases, information management systems and ability to maintain well organized and documented files.

  • Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network,  liaise in a multicultural environment; and work remotely.

  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting young feminist-led organizing, girls, women’s and LGBTQAI+ rights, youth issues.

  • Knowledge of community training, evaluation and documentation

  • Fluency in reading and writing in English.

DESIRABLE SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Knowledge of Canadian laws (where FRIDA is legally registered) to ensure compliance and consistency of developed procedures

  • Experience in the Global South, at least in one of the five regions where FRIDA operates

  • Experience in building and maintaining participatory, inclusive and meaningful engagement with girl activists, groups and their communities, including parents.

  • Fluency in any of the following languages* (i.e. French, Arabic and Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese are desirable).

INITIAL BUDGET AND COMPENSATION

FRIDA has budgeted approximately 2000 USD for a three-month consultancy, but envisions that this could be a multi-phase project with additional budget. We appreciate hearing from the proposals’ thoughts on this.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your application on BambooHR. Link shared on FRIDA website.

1) Please send your Proposal, including estimated costs and timeline

2) Resume or CV

3) Two references

To learn more about FRIDA, please visit our website at http://youngfeministfund.org/.

To apply, please visit this website.

FRIDA encourages, promotes and supports diversity in all aspects of its work. Young women and trans youth under the age of 30 from the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.

5 Things to Know About Girls on International Day of the Girl

October 11 is International Day of the Girl — a day that has two meanings. Established by the United Nations in 2011, the day is designed to highlight the accomplishments of girls across the world and promote their empowerment, but also to shine light on the myriad issues and challenges unique to girls. The day uplifts the advancements girls have made in STEM fields, the movements forged by young women, and the young voices speaking up for change, while still acknowledging that we have a long way to go before girls and femmes are afforded the same opportunities, safety, and value that boys are.

In honor of girls everywhere, this is what you need to know about being a girl in the world right now:

Learn more at Teen Vogue.

NYC Fund for Girls & Young Women of Color Fall 2018 Grant Guidelines

The New York City Fund For Girls and Young Women of Color (The Fund)* is pleased to release its Fall 2018 Grant Guidelines. The Fund invites applications from organizations that: are led by and for young cis- and trans women of color; advance the collective leadership of young women, transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth of color toward broad based change; use strategies of advocacy, community organizing, and long-term active participation in community and civic life; and specifically address systemic causes of racial, gender, and economic disparities faced by young women, transgender, and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth of color.

The process begins with reviewing the attached grant guidelines and submitting a Letter of Inquiry. If your organization is selected to advance to the full application stage, you will receive further instructions for next steps in the process. Only organizations invited to submit full proposals will be considered for a grant award. The deadline for submitting Letters of Inquiry is noon on June 12th, 2018.

About the New York City Fund For Girls and Young Women of Color:

The New York City Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color envisions a city that offers every opportunity for all girls and young women of color, inclusive of two-spirited, transgender and gender non-binary youth, to succeed economically and socially. A collaborative effort of a diverse and growing group of funders**, it pools philanthropic resources to invest in non-profit organizations and efforts that promote the well-being and leadership of young women of color as change agents, and partners with communities and other allies to advance cultural and systemic change through the lenses of race, gender, and economic justice.

  ** 2018 Fund members include (list in formation): Andrus Family Fund; Brooklyn Community Foundation; Cricket Island Foundation; Ford Foundation; Foundation for a Just Society; Harnish Foundation; Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation; Ms. Foundation for Women; The New York Community Trust; New York Foundation; North Star Fund; NoVo Foundation; Pinkerton Foundation; Scherman Foundation; Schott Foundation; Surdna Foundation; Stonewall Community Foundation; The New York Women’s Foundation; Third Wave Fund; William T. Grant Foundation.

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR

 To help ‘demystify’ the process for potential new applicants, The Fund is holding an Informational Webinar onMonday, May 21, 2018, 1PM -2PM to answer any questions you may have about the grantmaking process. ToRSVP for the information session, please email FundGYWC@nywf.org by Friday, May 18th, 2018.

 

Learn more and apply here

New Study Exposes Barriers That Block Girls of Color From Opportunity

The National Women’s Law Center’s latest report explores how trauma impacts the trajectories of Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx and Native American girls.

A new study from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) explores the barriers that stand between girls of color and their education.

Released today (April 19), “Stopping School Pushout For: Girls of Color” is in one in a series of seven reports crafted using data from the organization’s national “Let Her Learn” survey of 1,003 girls ages 14 to 18 conducted in January. The survey asked participants about their lives in several areas, including their exposure to sexual violence, their proximity to immigration issues and their experiences with law enforcement. Researchers also examined existing data for trends.

Here are the key points from the report, as outlined in a statement posted by NWLC.

  • Nearly 1 in 5 Black girls (19 percent) and LGBTQ girls (18 percent) reported experiencing homelessness.
  • More than half of Latina girls (55 percent) said they are worried that a friend or family member will be deported.
  • Almost a quarter of Latina girls (24 percent) reported being harassed because of their name or family’s origin.
  • Nearly half of Asian and Pacific Islander girls (46 percent) reported being called a racial slur—higher than any other group of girls.
  • Black girls are 5.5 times more likely to be suspended from school than White girls.
  • Black girls are 6.1 times more likely than White girls to be expelled from school and 2.5 times more likely to be expelled without educational services for the rest of the year.
  • Black girls with disabilities are 3.5 times more likely to be suspended than White girls with disabilities.
  • Almost half (47 percent) of high schools with 90 percent or more students of color have at least one law enforcement officer, compared to just under a third (31 percent) of high schools with 90 percent or more White students.

“These reports and data should sound an urgent alarm for policymakers, educators and communities,” Neena Chaudhry, NWLC’s director of education, said in a statement. “The trauma that so many girls of color experience affects not only their mental and physical health but also their ability to concentrate, feel safe, and stay and do well in school. And yet our survey also showed that, despite the barriers they face, girls of color are resilient and want to succeed and go on to college. We need targeted policies to help these girls stay and thrive in school.

Read the full article on ColorLines.

Juvenile Justice Reform Must Address the Unique Needs of LGBTQ Girls

“After being in and out of court for offenses such as shoplifting clothing and fighting back at school, Destiny, a 15-year-old African American transgender girl, was sent to a high security juvenile detention facility for boys, since no other program would take her. Other youth at the facility regularly subjected her to sexual assault and intimidation. Meanwhile, the adults entrusted with her care did little to prevent this abuse, refusing to recognize her gender identity and even blaming her for the harassment. Once released, advocates worried that, if arrested again, Destiny would land in the adult criminal justice system, where she would be even less likely to receive services appropriate to her as a young transgender survivor of sexual violence and harassment.

Unfortunately, Destiny’s story is not unique. Far too many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth who encounter the juvenile justice system are placed in facilities that fail to address past experiences of trauma or where they are at risk for sexual violence. Juvenile justice initiatives often fail to include the unique challenges confronted by young LGBTQ women of color in their approaches, making issues associated with sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression invisible.”

Young Women of Color Break the Silence

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)–The pain of the grand jury’s decision last week to not charge Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was just compounded by what happened here in New York. Another grand jury decided on Dec. 3 to not bring criminal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, a police officer who used a chokehold to restrain Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after the confrontation. These incidents are tipping points for community organizations such as ours, Girls for Gender Equity.

We have led Brooklyn’s Hands Up solidarity protest for all victims of state sanctioned and gender based violence.

As we demand justice for all, we take a stand for the girls and women overlooked by the media. One recent example: The manslaughter charges against Officer Joseph Weekley from Detroit that were dropped on Nov. 30 for the shooting and killing 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones while she slept. Another: Tanisha Anderson, a mentally ill Cleveland woman was killed on Nov. 13 after police used a takedown move outside her family’s home.