BWOPA Is Recruiting 2016 Leadership Fellows


Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) invites highly motivated young women who are passionate about making a difference in their communities to apply for its Dezie Woods Jones (DWJ) Public Policy Fellowship program.


Now in its second year, the DWJ fellowship initiative is designed to provide emerging leaders between the ages of 20-35 years old with the leadership tools they need to become advocates and innovators of public policies that positively impact their communities.


The objective of the program is also to develop capable BWOPA/TILE’s successors and culture-keepers that will champion a new body of policy work spotlighting BWOPA’s core issues – criminal justice reform, health, economic development and education.


Named after BWOPA’s founding member and state president, the initiative has already made an impact among its inaugural cohorts.


“Thanks to my experience over this past year, I found a greater sense of direction, empowerment and leadership for myself, as well as a deeper connection with my community”, said 2015 DWJ fellow Simone Thelemaque. “Today I am much more prepared to address and speak to the many inequalities that Black women and marginalized communities face.”


“Once again, BWOPA leads the way in innovative programming”, said senior BWOPA advisor Monica Miller. “Our community needs to support this program because it gives bright young people the tools they’ll need to become leaders within our communities.”


With support from seasoned political and private industry leaders, 2016 DWJ Fellows can expect to:


Learn how to craft policies relative to BWOPA’s core interest areas;


Participate in educational and professional development training and seminars;


Be given unique opportunities to meet with high-level elected officials and influential leaders who work within the social and political arenas of BWOPA’s core issues;


Ascertain and develop political and public service values;


Gain invaluable leadership experience by spearheading altruistic projects within California or beyond.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 cohort starting through February.


For information email BWOPA/TILE Executive Director LaNiece Jones at [email protected] or visit


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