DWJ Fellows 2017 Accepting Applications


BWOPA/TILE is excited to announce its third year of its Dezie Woods Jones (DWJ) Leaders Fellowship program.  This year, we will add new track for those interested in civic action.   Our early deadline is January 20th.   Semifinalists will be invited to attend an interview session on January 28th in downtown Oakland.   To apply, click here.

The two tracks are:

  • State Public Policy - for those individuals who have an interest in evaluating, proposing and/or amending state legislation;
  • Civic Action - for those individuals interested in positioning for boards, commissions and public leadership; and/or campaign management and organizing.

BWOPA/TILE is seeking applicants between the ages of 20-35 for a highly selective, graduate-level, one year long program that prepares and develops emerging leaders.   We look for those interested to become innovators of public policies and public leaders, activists, campaign managers and organizers to positively impact their communities.

The overall goal of the DWJ Public Policy Fellowship initiative is to develop capable BWOPA/TILE’s successors and culture-keepers that will champion a new body of policy work spotlighting BWOPA’s core issues – Criminal Justice Reform, Health, Economic Security and Education as advocates and public leaders.

With guidance from seasoned political and private industry leaders, DWJ Fellows will:


  • Participate in educational and professional development training, seminars and meetings;
  • Learn how to craft policies relative to BWOPA’s core interest areas;
  • Be given unique opportunities to meet with high-level elected officials and influential leaders who work within the social and political arenas of BWOPA’s core issues;
  • Ascertain and develop political and public service values;
  • Gain invaluable leadership experience by spearheading altruistic projects within California or beyond;
  • Engage in activism and civic action projects of interest;


To apply today Click Here.   Please email [email protected] if you should have questions.

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