MELBOURN AND BRISBANE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS
ARE NOW CLOSED

COMMUNITY, ADVOCACY AND POWER PROGRAM CAPP 2021

MELBOURNE | SYDNEY | BRISBANE | HOBART

The ASRC is looking for the next generation of leaders with lived experience of seeking asylum to take part in CAPP 2021.

What is CAPP 2021?

The ASRC’s Community, Advocacy & Power Program (CAPP) is a three-month intensive training program to equip people with lived experience of seeking asylum with the leadership skills necessary to become powerful advocates for the refugee community.

The program will provide participants with skills in advocacy, community organising / mobilising, public speaking and effective media engagement. The opportunities and networks provided through the CAPP training program will equip graduates to become powerful and persuasive storytellers and effective mobilisers and organisers in their own communities.


In 2021 the ASRC will work with partners to train leaders from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart. In particular, the program seeks to develop emerging leaders by developing their skills across the following areas:

  • Advocacy and campaigning, organising and mobilising
  • Media, public speaking and messaging
  • Social media and digital communication
  • Facilitation and event management
  • Leadership skills to train members in their own communities

Professional mentors will support and share their knowledge and experience with course participants.

At the completion of the intensive program, participants in each city will be supported to take part in public talks, media activities and advocacy events, providing opportunities to put their new skills into practice. Participants will also be resourced to train others in their communities and upon graduation will be connected to relevant networks across Australia.

The program supports participants to build the confidence and skills necessary to effectively influence the narrative within the media and Australian communities regarding refugees and people seeking asylum, and mobilise communities to take action.

  • Each participant will be assigned a relevant and high-profile mentor and trainer to assist them with their personal development and advocacy project work.
  • Participants will receive coaching to help them develop their public profile and introductions to our large network of human rights advocates.
  • Graduates will be linked to the ASRC speakers program and supported to share their stories with the broader Australian community.
  • Graduates will be awarded with a small financial grant to train other members of their own community with the skills they have learnt, providing opportunities for more people to have their voices heard.
  • The ASRC will provide other ongoing support to graduates to help them mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change for refugees and people seeking asylum.
  • The 2021 program is open to members of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart and people with lived experience as refugees or of seeking asylum.
  • Women and young people over the age of 18 are strongly encouraged to apply.

Participants must be available to take part in the intensive three-month program and at the completion of the program be willing to take part in the movement to mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. A reasonable fluency with English is also necessary for full participation.

Timelines

Melbourne Timeline

  • Applications are CLOSED
  • Applications close: 4th June 2021
  • Orientation dinner: 17 June
  • 1st intensive weekend: 19/20 June
  • 2nd intensive weekend: 26/27  June
  • 3rd intensive weekend: 10/11 July
  • Recap and graduation weekend: 17/18 July
  • 4 sessions of one-on-one mentorship and project implementation from 19 July to 3 September (participants to decide dates with their mentors)

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Brisbane Timeline

  • Applications are CLOSED
  • Applications close: 8th June 2021
  • Orientation dinner: 17 June
  • 1st intensive weekend: 19/20 June
  • 2nd intensive weekend: 26/27 June
  • 3rd intensive weekend: 10/11 July
  • Recap and graduation weekend: 17/18 July
  • 4 sessions of one-on-one mentorship and project implementation from 19 July to 3 September (participants to decide dates with their mentors)

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Sydney Timeline

Program will be announced later in the year with applications opening in August 2021.

Register to hear from us when applications open.

Hobart Timeline

Program will be announced later in the year with applications opening in August 2021.

Register to hear from us when applications open.

Meet the CAPP 2021 Team

Barat Ali Batoor

Barat Ali Batoor is the National CAPP Coordinator, located at the ASRC in Footscray, Melbourne. Batoor is a multi award-winning photographer and motivational speaker.
He is the winner of Nikon-Walkleys Photo of the Year 2013 award as well as a winner in the Photo Essay category. He was also awarded the “Communication for Social Change Award” by the University of Queensland.
He was a speaker at the TEDxSydney in 2014.

Trainers

In each city, people with professional and public standing in a range of media and cultural fields including writing, journalism, storytelling, digital media, advocacy and campaigning, video and film making and media will be engaged to share their knowledge and experience with the participants in a masterclass format at our weekend intensives.
MEL / SYD / BRI / HOB

Project mentors

Each participant will be matched with a mentor who has relevant skills and knowledge in media, advocacy and campaigning, and various cultural spheres. These mentors will have the skills and knowledge that will assist participants to navigate Australian public conversations and who can work with the participants in a peer-to-peer relationship, learning from each other.

BRISBANE CAPP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

MELBOURNE – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the CAPP 2021, please contact Barat Ali Batoor on 0469 813 842 or email: barat.b@asrc.org.au