SYDNEY PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

COMMUNITY, ADVOCACY AND POWER PROGRAM CAPP 2024

The ASRC is looking for the next generation of leaders with lived experience of seeking asylum to take part in CAPP 2024 – Sydney applications are now open.

What is CAPP 2024?

The ASRC’s Community, Advocacy & Power Program (CAPP) is a six week 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.  


In 2024 the ASRC will work with partners to train leaders. 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

In each state, expert trainers in writing, journalism, storytelling, digital media, advocacy and campaigning, organising and mobilising, will support and share their knowledge and experience with course participants.

At the completion of the intensive program, participants in each state 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 will amplify the voices of people with lived experience, supporting 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.

  • Over 6 consecutive Saturdays, participants will receive training in a range of public speaking, media, and advocacy skills, from experts in these fields, in a highly interactive and practical format.
  • Graduates will receive a certificate at the end of the course, and will be offered coaching to help them develop their public profile and introductions to our large network of human rights advocates. 
  • 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 2024 program is open to members of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Sydney who have 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 all six days of the program. We are looking for people who are passionate about exercising leadership in the movement for lasting social and policy change for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. 

Timelines

CAPP 2024 Sydney

  • Applications are OPEN. 
  • Interviews to be conducted: 03 – 10 April
  • Orientation – Wednesday 17 April
  • 1st day: 21 April
  • 2nd day: 28 April
  • 3rd day: 05 May
  • 4th day: 12 May
  • 5th day: 19 May
  • 6th day: 26 May

Brisbane Timeline

  • Applications are CLOSED.
  • Applications close: Thursday 6 July
  • Interviews to be conducted: 11-12 July
  • Orientation – Wednesday 14 July
  • 1st weekend: 16/17 July
  • 2nd weekend: 23/24 July
  • 3rd weekend: 30/31 July
  • 4th weekend: 06/07 August
  • 4 sessions of one to one mentorship and project implementation: 08 August –  19 September (6 weeks) (Participants to decide dates with their mentors)

CAPP 2023 Melbourne

  • Applications are CLOSE.. Apply below
  • Applications close: Friday 31 March
  • Interviews to be conducted: 3 – 14 April
  • Orientation – Wednesday 19 April
  • 1st day: Saturday 22 April
  • 2nd day: Saturday 29 April
  • 3rd day: Saturday 6 May
  • 4th day: Saturday 13 May
  • 5th day: Saturday 20 May
  • 6th day: Saturday 27 May

Brisbane Timeline

  • Applications are CLOSED.
  • Applications close: Thursday 6 July
  • Interviews to be conducted: 11-12 July
  • Orientation – Wednesday 14 July
  • 1st weekend: 16/17 July
  • 2nd weekend: 23/24 July
  • 3rd weekend: 30/31 July
  • 4th weekend: 06/07 August
  • 4 sessions of one to one mentorship and project implementation: 08 August –  19 September (6 weeks) (Participants to decide dates with their mentors)

Sydney Timeline

  • Applications are CLOSED.
  • Applications close: Wednesday 7 September
  • Interviews to be conducted: 12-13 September
  • Orientation – Thursday 15 September
  • 1st weekend: 17/18 September
  • 2nd weekend: 24/25 September
  • 3rd weekend: 1/2 October
  • 4th weekend: 8/9 October
  • 4 sessions of one to one mentorship and project implementation: 10 October – 07 November (4 weeks) (Participants to decide dates with their mentors)

Adelaide Timeline

This edition in Adelaide is facilitated in partnership with Welcoming Australia https://welcoming.org.au/

  • Applications are CLOSED.
  • Applications close: Wednesday 9 November
  • Interviews to be conducted: 10-11 November
  • Orientation – Wednesday 16 November
  • 1st weekend: 19/20 November
  • 2nd weekend: 26/27 November
  • 3rd weekend: 3/4 December
  • 4th weekend: 10/11 December

Meet the CAPP 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.

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.

Our Partners

HOBART & SYDNEY CAPP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the CAPP 2023, please contact Barat Ali Batoor on 0469 813 842 or email: barat.b@asrc.org.au