Your Activist Path
A Mentorship Program for New Women Changemakers

with Kerra Bolton

 

YOU WILL NOT “BE QUIET”

You’re not about to go quietly into the night while you watch power structures shift all around you. While the rights of whole groups of people vanish with the stroke of a pen. While the walls of rhetoric divide and silence people.

You marched, signed petitions, and called your members of Congress. You are awake and will not go back to sleep. Yet, your activist voice is caught in your throat because:

  • You don’t think of yourself as an activist.
  • You want to make a difference, but you don’t know how.
  • You feel overcommitted already.
  • You are afraid of being punished for speaking out.
  • You’re not sure how to take transform your ideas into action.

Forget what you think you know about activism. It’s more than marching, yelling, and laying your body on the line for a cause. Activism is more than a moment. It is a dynamic, practice.

Activism is a sustained commitment to bringing your highest self in service of the challenges and opportunities in the beloved community.

 

 


 

“Kerra and I teamed up to design an online workshop to help women build and sustain their activism. The process was creative, collaborative, and affirming. She helped me put aside my preconceived ideas about what activism is and who activists are. As we talked, she helped me recognize, claim and strengthen my own activism. I came away from the process with a new perspective on what I offer the world.” — Nancy Seibel, founder of Keys to Change LLC.

 


Your Activist Path is an exclusive, 6-month mentorship for changemakers from January 15 to June 15, 2018, who are committed to developing themselves and taking sustainable and pragmatic action in service of social change. You will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and develop your activist’s voice in a safe, welcoming, intimate online community.


Your Activist Path will help you:

  • Embrace a definition of activism that is aligned with your daily life, strengths, and talents
  • Identify your unique activist role
  • Put your activism into practice through focused action in your community
  • Practice radical self-care
  • Transform your privilege into partnership
  • Face your fears about being an activist
  • Create a 30-day plan to take you from idea to action

 

“Kerra’s experience and solid advice for the last two years have made all the difference for me. She’s been my cheerleader and my coach encouraging me to pick up my feet and make things happen. I am now confident in my decisions to charge more and define my role with my clients. Without Kerra, I would have continued to hold myself back.” Katie Connors, CEO, Connors Industries LLC.

 


Your Activist Path is right for you if you want to:

  • Make a sustained commitment to social change.
  • Develop and apply your best skills and talents to meet the challenges and opportunities of the world.
  • Become lit up by the possibilities of creating a future in which the sum of our shared hopes is greater than the division of hate.
  • Learn how to act with clear-eyed pragmatism, effectiveness, and compassion rather than react to the 24-hour news cycle.

Why I do this work

Dear new changemaker ~

I’ve spent the last 20 years igniting, documenting, promoting, and leading change as a journalist, political analyst, strategic communications consultant, and grassroots activist. I’ve worked on campaigns to help elect transformational candidates to state and national elected offices.

But what really excites me is to engage changemakers where they are, listen for possibilities that light them up, and help them to develop a strategic plan to achieve their goals. I also love to help them develop and communicate their message to the media, government officials, and stakeholders with honesty, integrity, and intention.

I’m a “lover-fighter.” The trusted, friend who loves you too much to allow you to give up on yourself. I will push you to your creative edge because I believe in your potential more than your excuses. This is my nature, whether I’m working with a client or pushing for public policy to improve the lives of marginalized people.

I fight for what I believe in because I love humanity.  I will bring this fierce, loving energy to our work together.

~ Kerra


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What happens during your mentorship?

Your Activist Path: A Purpose, Practice, and Plan for New Changemakers is an exclusive, six-month mentorship to help you find your path, fill your toolbox, and take action in service of social change. You will receive self-paced, interactive modules via email every two weeks with new strategies, tools, and insights.

You will get exclusive access to changemakers in the field. We will meet once a month as a community to answer questions, brainstorm solutions, and support each other. You will also have direct access to me in focused, one-on-one coaching sessions to help you understand how you show up as an activist, discover the best outlets for change, and to create a 30-day action plan.

Module 1 — Activism is a Practice

You will begin a signature process to discover, name, and claim your strengths and talents as a change maker.  Specifically, we will address: different types of activism, what issue(s) you are called to change, what skills you can use to support that issue, how you can best serve the community, and how to carve out time each week for your activism.

Module 2 — Activism in Action 

You will learn the opportunities, challenges, and ways to engage the four levers of political change and determine which lever is right for you.

Module 3 — Activism is Messaging 

Now you will begin crafting the story of your activism. You will learn what is your activist’s voice and how to use it, creating messages that speak to your audience and motivate them to act, and which media serves your audience best.

Module 4 — Facing Fears

Activism requires courage. Together, we will explore the three most common fears you will face on your activism path and how to overcome them. The most common fears are: speaking up and being heard, you’re not good enough, and alienating friends and family.

Module 5 — Myths of Self-Care

Self-care has come to mean anything from a pedicure to Netflix-and-chill. Self-care is necessary to sustaining your activism. We look at what self-care is and isn’t and help you to create a reliable framework to refresh and renew your spirit.

Module 6 — How Government REALLY Works 

We take everything you’ve learned so far and begin applying it to social change through sustained political activism. You will learn how to practice activism on local and state government. Specifically, you will learn how the system of government works, how to build relationships with your elected officials, and build coalitions around communities of interest.

Module 7 — Activism in the Beloved Community 

Sometimes we are the biggest barrier to social change because we haven’t checked our privilege, especially on matters of race and gender. In this module, you will learn the strategies and tools to shift your mindset from privilege to partnership so that you can effectively work with others to spark and drive social change.

Module 8 — Three Paths of Exploration

The rubber hits the road as I guide you through three interactive exercises and one practice to help you narrow and define a specific focus for your activism.

Module 9 — Your Activism Road Map

This is the culmination of everything we learned. You create a preliminary roadmap of how you want your activism to take shape in the next 30 days which includes:

  • 1-2 causes you want to learn more about
  • Your vehicle for change
  • Conversations  you need to have with family and other stakeholders
  • Three self-care rituals to practice weekly
  • 30-action plan with 3 milestone achievements

Plus access to interviews with seasoned activists:

 

Leslie Boyd is an activist, author, and journalist who works on the frontlines of health care, minimum wage, and voting rights. In the wake of her son’s death after being denied a colonoscopy because he couldn’t pay for it, Leslie founded in 2009 WNC Health Advocates, a nonprofit that offers support to families and loved ones of those with an illness or disability.

 

 

Tricia Cotham is a vice president of McGuire Woods Consulting and former state lawmaker. At the age of 28, Tricia became the youngest member of the 2007-2008 session of the state legislature and the youngest woman to ever serve in the NC House of Representatives. During her decade in the General Assembly, Tricia worked to improve the public education system for teachers and students.

 

Sharif Durhams is the Senior Editor, News and Alerting at CNN. There, he directs day-to-day programming decisions for CNN’s homepage and associated platforms and helps develop, execute and evolve CNN’s strategy for alerting. Sharif is also a vice president of NLGJA, an organization of more than 700 journalists, media professionals, educators and students working to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues.

 

 

 

N.C. Rep. Susan C. Fisher represents the 114th district, which includes the city of Asheville, in the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is currently serving her seventh term. Susan has a strong track record as a “leader who listens,” working to get the local economy back on track with good jobs for working families, protecting education, cleaning up the environment, and advocating for civil rights for all people.

 

A.J. Hartley is an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author and the Russell Robinson Robinson Professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he specializes in the performance history, theory and criticism of Renaissance English drama, and works as a director and dramaturg. A.J. and I co-founded “In Good Faith: Messy Conversations About Race in Black and White,” an interactive, multi-media project that aims to change the way people in the United States talk about race.

 

Rose Hoban is the founder, editor, and writer of North Carolina Health News, an independent, not-for-profit, statewide news organization dedicated to covering health care in North Carolina employing the highest journalistic standards of fairness, accuracy, and extensive research. Prior to founding the organization, Rose spent more than six years as the health reporter for North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, where she covered health care, state health policy, science and research with a focus on public health issues.

 

Jennifer Mahan has more than 20 years of experience leading and negotiating public policy. She is currently the Director of Public Policy for the Autism Society of North Carolina since October of 2010. Her role includes legislative, grassroots, and one-on-one advocacy. Jennifer has a background in consumer advocacy, information and referral programs, and human services policy focused on developmental disabilities, mental health, addictive disease, and low-income benefits programs.

 


Important dates

Early bird registration opens: November 6, 2017

Early bird registration deadline: December 1, 2017

Final registration deadline: January 8, 2017

First payment due: One week from acceptance: date

Your Activist Path begins: January 15, 2017

Your Activist Path ends: June 15, 2017


“Kerra rocks this potent combo of fierce and gentle, not to mention a deep, contagious integrity. In her presence, through her teaching and tending, with her care and challenge, I’ve come to know myself more deeply and find paths to sustainable action. If you’re in need of a mentor who can offer not only laser-sharp insight but also skillful strategizing, if you want to feel seen and summoned into action, look no further. You’re in the right place.” -Jen Violi, writer, editor, story mentor and facilitator

Investment

For Emerging Activists
You are relatively new to activism. Recent events have compelled you to become more active in your community to make change. You’re seeking an area of focus, a supportive community, and a deep knowledge of how political change works.

Your mentorship program includes:

  • Step-by-step processes to help you discover your activist’s purpose.
  • A toolkit to help transform your purpose into a practice.
  • Access to twice-a-month, virtual Fire Circle meetings in which you’ll receive targeted coaching around a specific topic and support from your activist community.
  • Targeted course materials, guides, and videos to help you create a plan of action, find activist partners and start making a difference.
  • 20% discount on the New Changemakers Mastermind Group
  • One 1.5 hours individual consultation during the program

Early bird: Apply by November 30, 2017,  and pay a one-time fee of $1,800, or 6 monthly installments of $300.

Apply after December 1, 2017, and pay a one-time fee of $2,000 or 6 monthly installments of $333.

For Leading Activists

You have some ideas about where you would like to focus your activism. You want to explore specific strategies for how to get started, and how to design and sustain your life as activism becomes a greater priority. You will receive more opportunities for individualized, focused coaching around specific issues such as: taking a deeper dive into your Activist Archetype; negotiating relationships with family/friends with opposing ideologies; creating specific strategies to shape time, and building a specific project to address a societal challenge.

Your mentorship program includes:

  • Step-by-step processes to help you discover your activist’s purpose.
  • A toolkit to help transform your purpose into a practice.
  • Access to twice-a-month, virtual Fire Circle meetings in which you’ll receive targeted coaching around a specific topic and support from your activist community.
  • Supporting, targeted course materials, guides, and videos to help you create a plan of action find activist partners and start making a difference.
  • 20% discount on the New Changemakers Mastermind Group.
  • Monthly individual consultations during the program.

Early bird: Apply by November 30, 2017, and pay a one-time fee of $2,300, or 6 monthly installments of $383.

Apply after December 1, 2017, and pay a one-time fee of $2,500 or 6 monthly installments of $417.


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FAQs

Q: I’m not very tech savvy. How can I get the most out of the program?

A: You will receive each module via e-mail about every two weeks. The email will contain links to the online course platform, videos, and access to our Fire Circle. You’ll even get a guide on how to use the online course platform before we begin the course. I’m always around if you have questions.  

Q: Will you teach me how to run for office?

A: If elected, running for office is an effective, long-term strategy for igniting social change. However, it is extremely time-consuming and expenses. I’ll provide you with tools, exercises, focused attention, and a supportive community to influence public policy today with the life you already have.
Q: I have a career and/or family. How can I be an activist?

 A: I understand that most people can’t devote their entire lives to activism. However, there is a lot you can do with the time you have. I’ll guide you through step-by-step practices to help you evaluate, prioritize, and plan your time while incorporating your family in your activism work so that your life feeds your activism and your activism feeds you.
Q: What if I don’t see myself as a change maker or an activist?

A: I will share my unique take on “activism.” I’ll break it down so can see where you, your interests, strengths, talents, and style, or way of being fit. I’ll show you the many ways that you can be an activist. They might be within your personal life, your neighborhood, the larger community, within the workplace, or at the state or national levels.
Q: What is your refund policy?

A: A full refund is available within the first 30 days that the class starts and/or if you withdraw from the program before it starts. A partial refund is available within 60 days of the start of the course. No refund is available after 60 days.

No refunds are available if you are making monthly payments. You will no longer be billed once you have stopped participating in the program. No pro-rata for the month is available. However, you will have access to course materials for the remainder of the month.

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In the coming weeks, I’ll be doing Facebook Live sessions about how to gain clarity, find your focus, and overcome fears of speaking up and being heard. Sign-up for updates.