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Jan 29, 2017 10:07PM ● By Elena Hutslar

The Contra Costa Family Justice Center is pleased to announce that the 2017 Community Fellowship Program is now accepting applications through February 10, 2017.

In March 2016, the Center launched a new iteration of its community fellowship program designed to equip survivors of interpersonal violence with leadership skills to empower their long-term success. This 10-month program is currently looking for five fellows for its Concord office, located at 2151 Salvio Street, Suite 201. Their work aligns with the Center’s mission of violence prevention/interruption and long-term sustainability for community members in the areas of domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking.

As part of a cohort, the fellows will receive training on how to develop and complete community projects on their own while guided by mentors in track areas, including advocacy, training/events, project coordination, and technology.

Last year’s projects included: transforming the West Center’s outdoor space into a healing sanctuary, creating a step-by step resource guide for Latino parents of children with special needs, distributing self-care bags for victims, hosting monthly community circles for survivors, and connecting the GRIP shelter to the Cooking Matters Program, among others.  “The leaders in this program were willing to stretch past their comfort zones, to change and grow as part of their commitment to positive change in their communities,” said Annabelle Berrios, the Community Fellows Program Lead, who developed a leadership curriculum adapted from the leadership model of Dr. Monica Sharma, Former Leadership and Capacity Development Director at the United Nations, and Dr. Vernice Solimar, former Core Faculty at The College of Graduate Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University.

To download a flyer and application, please go to:

For more information, please contact Annabelle Berrios, Advocacy & Training Manager and Community Fellows Program Lead, at: [email protected].


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