Cultivating Female Activists Mentoring Project

The NORML Women’s Alliance and Students for Sensible Drug Policy are proud to announce the launch of this new mentoring project designed to recruit and retain female activists in the marijuana reform movement by establishing big sister, little sister relationships for new and seasoned activists.

 

Purpose and Goals:

  • To connect women in the marijuana movement with each other in order to facilitate a close-knit community of female drug law reform advocates.
  • To make women feel welcomed as part of the larger reform movement by connecting those who have been involved for less than 2-3 years with those who have been involved for more than 2-3 years.
  • To build strong professional and personal relationships between women of all demographics who wouldn’t have otherwise been introduced to one another.
  • To share skills, information, resources, contacts, and other useful knowledge that will help female reformers be more engaged and more effective as they work toward common interests.
  • To empower and instill confidence in women who are interested in seeking leadership positions within their respective groups and organizations.
  • To help close the gender gap that currently exists within the marijuana law reform community.

You would make a great big sister if you….

– have been involved in the marijuana reform movement for more than 2-3 years
– have the desire to connect with less experienced women reformers and learn about their experiences
– have a solid understanding of your role in the movement and how you’d like to develop your role in the future
– can devote a minimum of 1-5 hours per week to this and other NWA projects
– could use some guidance on how to utilize online organizing tools (such as Facebook, E-mail, Twitter, Google Documents, YouTube, Skype, etc.) to advance your advocacy efforts

You would make a great little sister if you…

– have been involved in the marijuana reform movement for fewer than 2-3 years
– have the desire to connect with more experienced women reformers and learn about their experiences
– are uncertain about your future in the movement
– can devote a minimum of 1-5 hours per week to this and other NWA projects
– are familiar with utilizing online organizing tools (such as Facebook, E-mail, Twitter, Google documents, YouTube, Skype, etc.) to advance your advocacy efforts
– are interested in learning more about potential leadership opportunities Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Big sisters and little sisters will be paired up based primarily on location, but also on shared interests.  The formal duration of each partnership will be six months, but we hope your relationship with your NWA sister will continue much longer after that.  The activities and nature of each mentorship will vary by situation, however we will provide suggestions and guidelines to help. 

What are some things that sisters might do together?

– Phone conversations
– Video chat sessions
– “Take your sister to work day!” (shadowing)
– Coffee conversations
– Small group meet-ups
– Share stories
– Attend local drug law reform events, meetings, other functions
– Organize your own events, meetings and other functions!
– Attend or organize local happy hours

Apply to be a Big Sister!    Apply to be a Little Sister!