COMMUNITY, ADVOCACY AND POWER PROGRAM CAPP 2020

VICTORIA | NEW SOUTH WALES | QUEENSLAND

The ASRC is looking for the next generation of leaders with lived experience of seeking asylum to take part in CAPP 2020.

What is CAPP 2020?

The ASRC’s Community, Advocacy & Power Program (CAPP) is a four-month intensive training program to equip people with lived experience of seeking asylum with the leadership skills necessary to become powerful advocates for the refugee community.

The program will provide participants with skills in advocacy, community organising / mobilising, public speaking and effective media engagement. The opportunities and networks provided through the CAPP training program will equip graduates to become powerful and persuasive storytellers and most importantly effective mobilisers and organisers in their own communities.

In 2020 the ASRC will work with partners to train 10 leaders from each state in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. In particular, the program seeks to develop emerging leaders by developing their skills across the following areas: 

  • Advocacy and campaigning, organising and mobilising  
  • Media, public speaking and messaging
  • Social media and digital communication
  • Facilitation and event management 
  • Leadership skills to train members in their own communities 

In each state, buddies and professional mentors with experience in writing, journalism, storytelling, digital media, advocacy and campaigning, organising and mobilising, will support and share their knowledge and experience with course participants.

At the completion of the intensive program, participants in each state will be supported to take part in public talks, media activities and advocacy events, providing opportunities to put their new skills into practice. Participants will also be resourced to train others in their communities and upon graduation will be connected to relevant networks across Australia. 

The program will amplify the voices of people with lived experience, supporting participants to build the confidence and skills necessary to effectively influence the narrative within the media and Australian communities regarding refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Each participant will be assigned a relevant and high-profile buddy and mentor to assist them with their personal development and advocacy project work.
  • Participants will receive coaching  to help them develop their public profile and introductions to our large network of human rights advocates. 
  • Graduates will be linked to the ASRC speakers program and supported to share their stories with the broader Australian community. 
  • Graduates will be awarded with a small financial grant to train other members of their own community with the skills they have learnt, providing opportunities for more people to have their voices heard.
  • The ASRC will provide other ongoing support to graduates to help them mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change for refugees and people seeking asylum.
  • The 2020 program is open to members of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and people with lived experience as refugees or of seeking asylum.
  • Women and young people over the age of 18 are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Participants must be available to take part in the intensive four-month program and at the completion of the program be willing to take part in the movement to mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.

Timelines

Victoria

  • Applications close 17th March  apply here 
  • Interviews: To be conducted mid-March
  • Orientation dinner: 23rd March
  • 1st intensive weekend: 28/29 of March
  • 2nd intensive weekend: 18/19 of April
  • 3rd intensive weekend: 23/24 of May
  • Recap and graduation weekend; 13/14 of June

New South Wales

Program will be announced later in the year with applications opening in April 2020. 
Register to hear from us when applications open.

Queensland

Program will be announced later in the year with applications opening in July 2020. 
Register to hear from us when applications open.

Meet the CAPP 2020 Team

Ahmad Hakim

Ahmad Hakim is the National CAPP Coordinator, located at the ASRC in Footscray, Melbourne. Ahmad first arrived in Australia in 2008 after surviving and escaping Iran in the midst of political unrest and has previously coordinated the 2018 Advocacy and Power Program. Ahmad works at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre helping to empower new emerging leaders to lead the voice for refugees in Australia. 

Project mentors

In each city, people with professional and public standing in a range of media and cultural fields including writing, journalism, storytelling, digital media, advocacy and campaigning, video and film making and media will be engaged to share their knowledge and experience with the participants in a masterclass format at our weekend intensives. 
VIC / NSW / QLD

Project buddies

Each participant will be matched with a buddy who has relevant skills and knowledge in media, advocacy and campaigning, and various cultural spheres. These buddies will have the skills and knowledge that will assist participants to navigate Australian public conversations and who can work with the participants in a peer-to-peer relationship, learning from each other. 
VIC / NSW / QLD

VICTORIA CAPP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the CAPP 2020, please contact Ahmad Hakim on 0475 449 222 or email: ahmad.h@asrc.org.au