The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, the only grant making and advocacy organization in the state entirely dedicated to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls statewide, is launching the Mississippi Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) and accepting applications for its first class of fellows.
The Women’s Policy Institute is a policy advocacy and leadership training fellowship for women and is a project of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi.
The Women’s Policy Institute amplifies the voices of women throughout the state by training them to become policy advocates, increase their capacity to participate in the policy process, build relationships with policymakers as well as advocates in various social justice movements, and lead progressive policy campaigns in Mississippi. By providing guidance, knowledge, and access to the legislative process to communities often absent or underrepresented in the policymaking process, the WPI will transform the halls of power at the State Capitol.
WPI is an experiential training fellowship, and over the course of the program fellows will learn about the policy process by researching, writing, and advocating for a state legislative bill of their choosing while receiving support and guidance from mentors and trainers with expertise in public policy work. The fellows will participate in several trainings and retreats in the fall of 2019 to prepare for the 2020 legislative session. From January-May 2020, fellows will work to advance their legislation through the process at the Capitol.
For more information about the Women’s Policy Institute, or to apply to be a WPI fellow for 2019-2020, please visit http://www.womensfoundationms.org/womens-policy-institute/. There you will find an overview of the WPI, important program dates to consider, instructions for applying and other fellowship requirements and eligibility. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2019.