The Brown Boi Project is a leadership development and organizing project for young masculine of center womyn of color and trans/straight/queer men of color (35 and under). We work to develop deep skills and life experiences that we can draw on to build collective power within our communities to achieve social justice.
(‘masculine of center’ is a term that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbian/queer/ womyn who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale and includes a wide range of identities such as butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, etc.)
During our 5-day training retreat you will have the opportunity to work across issues and communities, talk about race, class, culture, gender and sexuality, and explore whether the social justice sector might be the right place for you to help your community. These retreats bring participants from across the country to experience an intensive introduction to community organizing while doing important personal leadership development.
What we are looking for…
Our Brown Bois come from all walks of life. Some are clothing designers, aspiring police officers, social justice leaders, culinary wizards, and social entrepreneurs. What sets them apart is a vision to make the world a better place than they found it. They each demonstrate leadership potential, whether that is on the streets, online, or within an organization.
Brown bois all have a strong commitment to becoming their best self. They are willing to stretch themselves, learn new things, and be a teacher to others. They might not know how to get where they want to go but they come into this experience with openness to getting closer on their own path. They are looking for a community of brown bois to support them on their own journey and are excited to be a resource to that community in return. Knowing what you can bring to the Brown Boi Project community is important.
The Brown Boi Project Leadership Retreats are designed for young leaders (35 and under) that have fewer than 7 years of experience in their field and are looking to reinforce their potential with a strong foundation of skills and self-awareness.
The first Brown Boi Project retreat in 2014 will take place March 5th-9th in Oakland, CA. If you are selected your travel costs, food, and lodging (even if you are local to the Bay Area lodging is provided) will all be covered. All applicants to the Brown Boi Project retreat will be reviewed and you will be notified if you are invited to a phone interview by January 29th.