Maine’s nonprofit community has incredible stories and voices, many of which are not included in public dialogue. To help people own their power and expertise and to amplify voices within our community that are too often unheard, Maine Association of Nonprofits is sponsoring members to take part in virtual “Write to Change the World” workshops organized and facilitated by The OpEd Project.
Write to Change the World Workshops challenge participants to think in new and bigger ways about what they know, why it matters, and how to use it. They use op-eds as an action step, but the framework and curriculum can apply to any place where someone seeks to have an impact - on TV, at a PTA meeting, before a board of directors, to potential funders, or on the steps of Congress.
Throughout these workshops, participants will:
- Reflect on their expertise, the value of seeing their story as part of a bigger picture—and themselves as part of a larger public conversation
- Explore how to establish credibility, present ideas under pressure and differentiate between being “right” and being effective
- Leave with concrete results, including a draft outline of an op-ed and the opportunity to tap into a national network of journalist mentors for individual feedback on their draft
- Be invited to remain in community and dialogue with other members of MANP’s community who take part in this opportunity!
We seek to over-represent the traditionally underrepresented. People of all identities, backgrounds, genders, and positions are welcome. No publishing experience is necessary.
These highly interactive, multimedia sessions are designed with varied learning styles in mind. They provide closed captioning and additional accessibility support when needed.
To maximize everyone’s experience, The OpEd Project requires that each participant commits to participating continuously and in full (without skipping segments), and, as much as possible, to keeping their camera on throughout. Recordings will not be available.
Participants will choose one of the following options:
- Tuesday, October 3 & Wednesday October 4: 2-Day Intensive (2:00pm to 5:30pm ET)
- Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28: 4-Part Series (2:00pm to 4:00pm ET)
- Wednesday, October 25 & Thursday, October 26: 2-Day Intensive (10:00am to 1:30pm ET)
Cost + Financial Assistance
- The full price is $400 to participate in the workshop.
- MANP has a minimum of 15 full scholarships as well as additional partial scholarships to help eliminate financial barriers:
- To qualify for a full scholarship, individuals must be an employee, board member or volunteer of a member organization with a budget under $750,000.
- Scholarship priority will be given to nonprofit leaders whose work has been consistently under-resourced—specifically Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, API/A, low-income, undocumented, persons with disabilities, LGBQTI2S+, and rural-based communities—so they can tap into their full power and resilience.
Whether or not you are requesting a scholarship, please complete this brief registration form by Friday, September 15th to be part of the MANP cohort participating in this pilot.
Qualifying individuals will be able to choose the date(s) that work best for them.
For more information and to register, visit the event page.