I’ve recently noticed a pattern of exhaustion and burnout among those working on the front lines of change. Whether it’s individual conversations, from the stage at conferences, or in gatherings of leaders, I keep hearing about the need for self-care among activists. But despite the fact that everyone thinks self-care is important, the reality is that most activists aren’t doing it and most philanthropists aren’t funding it.
I care deeply about the health and well-being of activists. So I’m going to resist the urge to over-think how I can help. Instead, I’m just going to experiment with a simple project and start where I live.
The Self Care Project is an experiment designed to support self care among Detroit-based activists, organizers and change makers.
It’s simple: we’re giving 50 activists $500 each for self care.
No strings attached.
You can apply by submitting an email application answering the following three questions:
- What is the change you are working to make in the world?
- How would you use $500 to invest in your self care?
- Do you live or work in Detroit, Michigan (Highland Park and Hamtramck are included)?
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 4, 2019
Awards winners will be notified by October 15, 2019
- You must either live in Detroit, Michigan or work with a Detroit-based non-profit organization. Highland Park and Hamtramck are included.
- You must be actively involved in working for positive change in the world.
- You must have a clear idea of how to invest $500 in your self care in 2019.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD
UPDATE: If you want to know how the project turned out, click here