About the Academy

July 12-17, 2015

Building off the clear success of the first four years of the Sikh Advocate Academy, the Sikh Coalition is proud to invite applications for its fifth Sikh Advocate Academy, a week-long, all expenses paid, experiential learning course in Washington, DC.

Successful applicants will take a deep dive into the practical aspects of human rights advocacy—including government engagement, media engagement, and community engagement—and pledge to become social justice leaders in their local communities.

Along the way, you will meet accomplished leaders from government, media, and civil rights groups; walk the halls of Congress; enjoy our nation’s capital, and build lifelong friendships with your fellow Advocates. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Academy also included a briefing at the White House.

Our Vision
Our objective is to train and cultivate a corps of dedicated volunteers who will enhance the Sikh American community’s fight for civil rights both locally and nationally. Through focused planning and execution, our goal over the next five years is to build a “trained and certified” corps of grassroots advocates who consistently support the cause of civil rights.

Why Should I Apply?

  • Learn how to work with  elected officials to make change both locally and nationally
  • Receive training on social justice advocacy from professionals and ongoing year-round support from Sikh Coalition staff as you pursue initiatives in your community
  • Network with fellow Advocates from around the country
  • Network with change-makers in Washington, DC during the course
  • Vital training that can be added to your professional resume
  • Your week long training in Washington, DC will be all-expenses-paid

Application Criteria

  • At least 18 years old
  • Strong passion for social justice
  • Have time and energy to spend approximately 40 hours per calendar year after the training to support civil rights initiatives
  • Responsible and committed, with persistence in everything you do
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Please Note: Applicants for the Sikh Advocate Academy must live in the United States. We are sorry that we can not accommodate applicants outside of the United States at this time.

What Happens after the Training?

Graduates of the Academy will be certified as members of the Sikh Coalition Advocacy Corps and receive business cards and a Sikh Coalition email address.  In order to maintain their certification, members of the Advocacy Corps must undertake a minimum number of advocacy actions per year, as determined by the Sikh Coalition, in support of the Sikh Coalition’s mission and in collaboration with full-time staff from the Sikh Coalition.  Examples might include organizing visits to local Congressional offices; pitching positive stories to local media outlets; and building alliances with organizations that promote human rights.





The Sikh Advocate Academy has been made possible through the generous support of the Security & Rights Collaborative, a Proteus Fund Initiative, Open Society Institute – National Security and Human Rights Campaign and through individual contributions from the Sikh American Community.