Engage Winona launches Lived Experience Leaders


Engage Winona is seeking applicants for Lived Experience Leaders, a new program to deepen and diversify Winona’s pool of community leaders.

The cohort program provides training and resources to amplify voices and support changemaking ideas of folks across Winona whose diverse lived experiences have given them unique and powerful insights to create equitable change for Winona.

The cohort will be chosen in September, and participate in workshops in this fall. Each member will create a plan for a community change project or idea (something they’re working on, or something new), and then commit time in winter and spring 2021 to planning, launching and/or growing the project.

All participants will receive a $500 stipend, be provided resources like childcare and transportation, and receive ongoing mentorship, support and resources. Organizers will structure gatherings to accommodate COVID-19 and everyone’s comfort level; they will most likely be virtual, with a possibility for a blend of in-person connections.

Is this for you? Is there a part of your story or background that’s special – and may also have led to difficult experiences that revealed a need for local change? This could be race, ethnicity, gender, age, poverty, childhood trauma, loss, addiction/recovery, or many other lived experiences.

Visit www.engagewinona.org for program details and a link to apply.

If an online application is a challenge, no problem – call 507-312-9133.

The priority deadline is August 24 but organizers will welcome folks into the fall depending on capacity.


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