The Self-Care Project


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.

Sound good?

You can apply by submitting an email application answering the following three questions:

  1. What is the change you are working to make in the world?
  2. How would you use $500 to invest in your self care?
  3. Do you live or work in Detroit, Michigan (Highland Park and Hamtramck are included)?



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.

If someone referred you to this page and you’re curious who I am: click here.
Or read about the project in Detour Detroit


Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD

UPDATE: If you want to know how the project turned out, click here