About the Fellowship
The YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship with Instagram engages creative teens to use the power of visual storytelling to start meaningful conversations on issues important to young citizens around the world. Anchored at the crossroads of arts and advocacy, the fellowship was first launched in 2017 and will run in nine cities in 2020 – eight in India (Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai) and one in Nepal (Kathmandu).
As an incubator for the future generation of leaders and activists, the fellowship is built around three pillars – awareness, support and advocacy. Fellows are mentored and encouraged to build powerful content and the most inspiring work is promoted on Instagram. The fellowship is designed as a fully funded engagement wherein fellows meet every alternate weekend for a period of 3-4 hours in their city.
The fellowship focuses on six themes: Bullying, Diversity, Mental Wellbeing, Body Positivity, Gender Equality and Sustainability. The idea is to use the internet and social media as a force for good by creating unique communities around issues that matter to teenagers, and provide a platform for voicing concerns and advocating for changes. By giving teens a voice and building their capacity to mobilize people, we hope to create a world that is more inclusive and tolerant.
Over the course of the fellowship, the Counter Speech Fellows run feeds on Instagram on their selected themes. These feeds put out creative and thought provoking content with the aim of creating awareness, leading action and extending support. All the content created by the fellows is available on Instagram through the hashtag #counterspeechylac
Duration of Fellowship
The overall duration of the fellowship is two months and the schedule is easy to accommodate alongside regular school work and examinations.
How to Apply?
Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship through this link.
- Hyderabad: 14th June, 2020 (Sunday)
- Kolkata: 7th June, 2020 (Sunday)
- Guwahati: 7th June, 2020 (Sunday)
- Ahmedabad: 14th June, 2020 (Sunday)
May 10, 2020