AWHA Leadership Body Call for Young Adult Applicants

Friends,

We understand that to guide the work ahead,those most impacted by the crisis of youth homelessness must have primary influence.

Last year AWHA reconstituted our leadership to empower even greater youth voice and to place racial and LGBTQ equity at the forefront. As part of that process, we returned frequently to our Racial Equity & Justice Core Principles, and themes around making space for greater leadership from young people and leaders of color. As a result, our Leadership Body is now made up of 15 national leaders, eight of which are young people with lived experience of homelessness. 

You can learn more about the “Founding 8” young adult members of the AWHA Leadership Body here.

Earlier this year a “Founding 8” member of our Leadership Body, Antonia Aurora Lloyd joined the AWHA staff team as our Administrative & Events Coordinator. In this position, she will ensure that AWHA lives into our values in all aspects of our event logistics and will directly staff and support the Founding 8 members of our Leadership Body. Our team is thrilled to welcome such a brilliant and committed leader in our movement to end youth homelessness. Please note that as Aurora joins the staff team, she has stepped down from our Leadership Body. 

So, the AWHA Leadership Body is currently seeking a dedicated young adult leader in the movement to end youth homelessness to join our Leadership Body. 

This announcement comes with continued and deep appreciation to all leaders in the youth homelessness movement, past and present, who have helped us arrive where we are today – centering race equity, LGBTQ equity and youth leadership in our work.  We all move forward together.

The AWHA Leadership Body will review applications and select leaders for the open young adult position on the body. They have developed the following criteria (see below) – characteristics they seek in their fellow leaders. 

Overview of How You Can Be Involved

We are seeking a young adult youth homelessness leader who embodies the characteristics described below to play a central role in inspiring the direction of the movement to end youth homelessness as a member of the AWHA Leadership Body. 

The primary responsibility of the Leadership Body is to steer the overall policy and strategic direction of AWHA – building the movement to end youth homelessness – in accordance with our core values. The primary day-to-day operations are performed by the A Way Home America staff team. 

As a movement that centers the voices and expertise of LGBTQ+ Young People and Young People of Color with lived experience with homelessness, over half of our Leadership Body is composed of young adult national leaders with lived or living experience with homelessness. The open position on the Leadership Body is required to be a young person with lived or living experience with homelessness. 

As you consider this opportunity, please review the criteria below. We expect the Leadership Body to be active and dynamic.

Leadership Body Criteria/Eligibility

We seek individuals who embody the following traits: 

Innate Qualities

  • Belief it can be done
  • Dreams BIG, pushes for it
  • Belief in Racial and LGBTQ+ Equity
  • Likes and respects young people
  • Self-awareness
  • Open to understanding young people
  • Is comfortable with ambiguity
  • Able to give and receive feedback with love, rigor, and respect
  • Reality-checker and truth-teller 

Practical Qualities

  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Willing to teach and willing to learn
  • Holds white people accountable
  • Holds all accountable for anti-black racism and colorism
  • Policy enthusiast
  • Movement-oriented
  • Actively supports youth collaboration
  • Able to amplify messaging and disseminate information

Exceptional Qualities

  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Excellent facilitation skills

AWHA Core Values

Youth homelessness exists today largely due to America’s long history of structural racism and systemic inequities. In order to end youth homelessness, we will work to ensure our systems work for all youth. We see equity as providing opportunities and resources based on need, realizing not everyone starts in the same place. Justice takes this concept a step further by removing the barriers that impede equal rights and self-determination; it seeks to overturn oppression at its roots. The AWHA Leadership Body members will strengthen their knowledge, skills, attitudes and personal competency to address inequity and injustice, internally and in AWHA external efforts through continual practice of these core principles.

Recognize and Center Intersectionality

Name and Challenge White Supremacy

Engage in Principled Struggle

Practice Targeted Universalism

Generate Transformative Visions Towards Liberation

Create a Culture of Accountability

Budget & Time Considerations

  • Once safe to do so, the Leadership Body will meet in-person four times annually for one day or longer.  Meetings will occur at various locations throughout the country, dovetailing with existing national events or conferences where possible.  AWHA covers travel to these events for young adult Leadership Body members.
  • Calls will occur between in-person sessions; as such Leadership Body members should be comfortable with a variety of online meeting formats, including Zoom, Google Hangout, etc.
  • Anticipated time commitment involved is a total of 5 – 10 hours/month.

Application Process

Please note:  Individuals can apply directly here.

To be considered as a candidate:

  • To be considered as an AWHA Leadership Body member, this application form by Friday, June 19th at 5PM PST. 
  • Submit a 1-minute video, introducing yourself and why you are enthusiastic to offer yourself as a leader in the movement to end homelessness. This can be emailed to monzona@awayhomeamerica.org or posted on Instagram (be sure to tag @AWayHomeAmerica. [Videos do not need to be professional quality – cell phone videos are fine!]
  • Resume 
  • One Professional Reference
  • One Personal Reference 
  • In addition to basic contact information, the application form requires the following narrative responses, written and saved as one PDF, and attached to your Google Form submission. Your narrative response should not exceed 2 pages:

Narrative Response Questions: 

  1. Why are you interested in and passionate about participating in the AWHA Leadership Body at this point in time? 
  2. A Way Home America strives to practice the following values. How have you demonstrated / applied these values?
  3. Describe your ability/capacity to participate in the Leadership Body over the next two years and how that will overlap with and/or complement current work/interests? What concerns or limitations might you have regarding your participation?
  4. Considering the overall direction of the movement to end youth homelessness, highlight how you see yourself adding unique value as a Leadership Body member.  Describe what you hope to achieve and contribute to through your participation on the AWHA Leadership Body.
  5. What are your hopes for the movement to end youth homelessness in the years ahead?

A member of the Founding 8 members of AWHA’s Leadership Body will be in touch to discuss the position further. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Gibbard Kline, AWHA Director, at megan@awayhomeamerica.org or 206-605-5044 for more information.

Selection Process/Timeline 

The selection process involves two phases.

PHASE I:

  1. Nomination by others and self-nomination
    1. Opens Friday, May 15, 2020 
    2. AWHA Leadership Body Application Support Webinar (same content to be shared during both webinars – Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 12PM EST and 3PM EST.
    3. AWHA Leadership Body Application support virtual office hours – Friday, June 12, from 3:00PM – 4:30PM EST

2. Applications are due Friday, June 19 at 5:00PM PST

Note: If you need support with your application before the support webinars on Thursday, June 11 or virtual office hours on Friday, June 12 please contact: 

  • Marcella Middleton (She/Her) – marcella@nationalyouthforum.org
  • Amanda Clifford (She/Her) – amanda@nationalyouthforum.org
  • Megan Gibbard Kline (She/Her) – megan@awayhomeamerica.org

PHASE II:

AWHA F8 will be in touch with you as they make selections in coming month.

Megan Gibbard Kline

Director, A Way Home America