Community in the Capital

Please note that we have changed the format of CITC from its original 3-day advocacy convening to a 
year-long fellowship program. 
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The Community in the Capital Fellowship Program (CITC) is a year-long program that provides 10-15 experienced management-level staff from our Member organizations with opportunities to build strategic relationships with other community leaders; deepen their perspectives on critical issues and concerns impacting AAPI communities at the federal level; develop a coordinated national and local advocacy strategy around an identified AAPI policy agenda; and engage with federal agencies, elected officials and national advocacy organizations. 
 
By investing in the advocacy and organizing capacity of leaders from member organizations, National CAPACD aims to increase the presence and visibility of AAPI community-based organizations and raise AAPI issues at both the local and national levels. Fellows also provide a practitioner-based perspective and expertise that continually strengthens National CAPACD’s direct connection to local issues impacting member organizations and the communities they serve. 
 
The cornerstone of CITC is a three-day Advocacy Institute held in Washington, DC that includes seminars on federal issues related to National CAPACD’s key policy areas, hands-on opportunities to engage in administrative and legislative advocacy, and meetings with federal policymakers and other national stakeholders. Fellows will also participate in several Federal Policy Webinars and Strategy Sessions Conference Calls throughout the year to support the implementation of national and local advocacy strategies developed during the Advocacy Institute. The fellowship will culminate in a Fellows Convening during National CAPACD’s Annual Convention that includes a CITC policy briefing provided to National CAPACD member organizations and convention attendees. 
 
The intensive year-long program is designed to provide Fellows with a broader national perspective and leadership skills to apply to their work in their organizations and to address the challenges facing the communities they serve. Presentations, group exercises, and seminars will focus on:
  • Federal government and Administrative advocacy
  • Federal legislative process and Congressional advocacy 
  • Community organizing and civic engagement
  • Resources on lobbying for nonprofits
  • Landscape of national housing, consumer advocacy, economic justice, community development, community organizing, and national AAPI organizations