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Though California is a national leader in tobacco control and enjoys one of the lowest smoking prevalence rates in America, not all of our communities have equally benefited. Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, the LGBTQ community, and members of the military are just some of the groups that still have high smoking rates. There are complex reasons why some communities continue to bare a disparate tobacco related burden. An important part of the solution is the cultivation and training of leaders from these communities.
Because of the passage of California’s historic 2016 tobacco tax, thousands of jobs in tobacco control across the state of California will be created. The average student has little knowledge of these career opportunities. The LOOP Leadership Development Program (LDP) aims to build capacity by increasing knowledge and access to these opportunities. We are actively recruiting 12-16 “Fellows” to participate in a vigorous 8-week program. Once successful applicants complete the program they will receive a certificate of completion from the University of California, San Francisco. They will also have ongoing access to a cadre of mentorship and support. We want to help you develop your leadership skills as we guide you through a wide array of career boosting opportunities. Applicants who represent the populations most adversely targeted by Big Tobacco are strongly encouraged to apply.
Thank you for your interest in applying for The LOOP Leadership Development Program. This Leadership Development Program is a virtual leadership institute under the auspices of The LOOP, a statewide technical assistance and training provider for the California Tobacco Control Program that is housed at the University of California, San Francisco.* The Leadership Development Program will provide a unique learning opportunity for individuals who want to learn how to access the many exciting tobacco control career paths coming forth in California. Enrollment is open to any Californian wishing to enhance their tobacco control leadership and advocacy skills in a supportive environment. This cohort will begin February 21st, 2018 and end April 11th, 2018.
Leadership Fellows will meet weekly via webinar and be assigned fieldwork activity. The webinars will be conducted on Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7 pm. Curriculum topics will be selected from a menu of various subjects related to health equity and tailored to the needs of the cohort. Participation in The LOOP Leadership Development Program is designed to introduce and expose students to the many career opportunities in tobacco control, while increasing their skills in community advocacy, public policy, and leadership.
In conjunction with webinar participation, Leadership Fellows will complete a mini-project through field work in their local area. The fieldwork component will utilize local resources, coalitions, and organizations. The LOOP project staff will facilitate this process.
An archived webinar explaining The LOOP Leadership Development Program can be accessed by clicking here; please disregard the dates in this video and use the key dates listed below: Vimeo site.
January 9, 2018 – Applications released
February 12, 2018 5 p.m. (PST) – Applications due
February 15, 2018 – Applicants notified
February 21 – April 11 – Program duration, 5:30pm – 7pm
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