How to Apply
There are many ways to be involved with Assata's Daughters. See below for more information.
Become a volunteer!
Volunteers can offer skills and resources to Assata's Daughters in various ways: this could be anything from providing transportation, watering and weeding in the garden, to providing logistical support during events. Volunteers do not have be Black or women identified.
Adult Collective Member
Collective members are Black women or femme identified adults in Chicago who work across various teams to make Assata’s Daughters happen. They work on everything from making sure we have food for meetings, to reaching fundraising goals, to facilitating weekly programming for our young people, to bottom lining major programs.
Adult collective members are expected to work a minimum of 5 hours a week on Assata's Daughters tasks.
We review all submitted applications four times a year. Our decisions are based on the needs of our community: we recruit for specific skills and experiences. We are intentionally small, admitting only a few new adult members each year.
Akerele (ages 6-12)
Our juniors program holds a weekly space for the political development of young Black girls. The program is divided into three units, each with a different focus: e.g. Assata 101, the Black Panther Party 10 Point Program, and environmental justice. We meet on Saturday mornings in Washington Park, and have occasional all-day Saturday field trips. Our program provides a catered dinner and transportation assistance.
We accept new Akerele at the start of each unit; in September, February, and June.
Ominira (ages 13-19)
The Ominira program accepts 15-20 young people each year. The program is a year-long commitment, meeting most Wednesdays and Saturdays in Washington Park. Together, we will discuss how to organize for power, analyze Black queer feminism, and work on projects to develop organizing skills. We meet on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 8:30 in Washington Park, and have bi-weekly Saturday work days to earn a stipend. We provide dinner every Wednesday and can help you with your transportation.
Our second class of Ominira will begin on September 13, 2017. We are currently accepting applications for this 2017-2018 group. You must be between 13 and 19 years old by the start of the program to apply.