Judith C. Jones Fellowship for Trainers of Color

Judith C. Jones Fellowship for Trainers of Color


The Judith C. Jones (JCJ) Fellowship for Trainers of Color advances the leadership of trainers and organizers of color working at the grassroots to build power, skills and knowledge in their communities.

Meet our 2017 Fellows, here!


Fellowship Structure

With the support of a TFC coach, Fellows create a one-year work plan outlining learning goals throughout the Fellowship. This plan can include development of training designs, new tools, planning training programs, receiving feedback, incorporating reading or theory into their work, and writing, among others.

Fellows use the support of their coach to track their progress on this plan throughout the year and identify additional learning opportunities such as attending TFC workshops, debriefing training experiences with other trainers, or taking workshops in other training modalities. Fellows are also encouraged and invited to work with each other on projects and participate in other TFC events. The Fellowship is a one-year commitment, from January to December, with an opportunity to renew for the second year.

As part of the Judith C. Jones Fellowship, each Fellow will receive:

  • One-on-one mentorship and coaching, on a monthly basis;
  • Support to develop new tools, handouts and articles;
  • Opportunities to participate in and lead webinar sessions on various themes connected to using experiential education for social change
  • A retreat in Philadelphia to meet and build relationships with other Fellows, Fellowship Co-Coordinators and TFC trainers;
  • Full scholarships to any TFC workshops that they would like to attend during 2017;
  • Connection to the wider TFC network;
  • An opportunity to renew for a second year of the Fellowship program.

Learn more about the impact of the Fellowship from previous JCJ Fellows in this 2015 Video.


In order to qualify for the JCJ Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Identify as a Person of Color. Please contact us with any questions in regards to how we are using that language and your eligibility.
  • Have completed our Training for Social Action Trainers OR a Philadelphia Organizing Skills Institute workshop.
  • Have a clear sense of their goals for the Fellowship and areas of growth they have identified for themselves as trainers and activists/organizers.
  • Be working or training in a social change context.
  • Identify a training program, workshop, or ongoing facilitation opportunity that they will be working in during the course of the Fellowship.  In other words, applicants must have a context for application of the skills they will be cultivating during the Fellowship.
  • Be able to make make a one-year commitment to participating in the Fellowship program.  Fellows will have the opportunity to renew for a second year if they choose.
  • Reside in the United States or Canada.

This Fellowship is NOT for…

  • People who have not yet attended a TFC workshop.
  • People who are not part of a network, job or group that will provide opportunities to apply what they are learning as a trainer.
  • People who are looking for administrative or marketing support to start their own business as a consultant.
  • People outside the United States and Canada

Every year we get many more strong applications than spots in the Fellowship. Decisions are made by a committee of Training for Change staff and trainers who consider all aspects of each person’s application, our knowledge of them as a trainer or facilitator and the overall make-up of the Fellowship cohort.  Outside of the above criteria for Fellows, we are open to accepting people who are using training and facilitation skills in different kinds of capacities and social change contexts.  However, we do often prioritize folks engaged in social change movements through grassroots organizing or community-building, direct action campaigns, or leadership development outside of academia, social service agencies or large institutions. If you are applying, please be sure to include examples of your connection to this kind of involvement in social change.

If you aren’t eligible for this program but want to invest in the development and support of social movement leaders of color, visit our Give page and donate there. If you prefer to give by check, those can be sent to Training for Change, P.O. Box 30914, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

This Fellowship program is named in honor of TFC Training Elder Judith C. Jones, Ph.D.  Also known as “Diva Bear”, Judith worked with Training for Change for over a decade and for many years was a lead trainer in TFC’s Training for Social Action Trainers and Advanced Training of Trainer workshops. Judith grew up in Philadelphia, received her doctorate in Political Science from Atlanta University and has taught at Penn State University and at Philadelphia University. Judith is also co-author of Two Voices from the Front Line: A Conversation about Race in the Classroom, an article found in the award winning anthology Race in the College Classroom, published by Rutgers University Press. She has led diversity and conflict workshops for a diverse client base and has served as a guide and role model to many of us who have worked with her as up-and-coming trainers.

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Oct 20 to Oct 22
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Oct 30
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